illunaata OSA’s Community Mural Project

Illunaata OSA’s Community Mural Project

Illunaata which means “all together” in Inuktituk, is a celebration of Canadian imagery and community through the medium of paint. To mark this momentous year, The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) will be partnering with the Ottawa 2017, Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) and the Embassy of Imagination (EOI) to create a series of murals that are universally accessible, promote diversity, respect, positivity, and speak to OSA’s motto, “Teaching Art to everyone” by sharing art with everyone!


There will be 4 murals created in total, painted though May-July 2017. Three murals will be painted for the Ottawa Community Housing and the largest will be done by youth from Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Youth from Nunavut will join us in July 2017. There will be 3 teams of OSA members (Diploma students, few graduates and instructors) working on the murals for the OCH. The murals for the OCH will portray images and symbols from their respective neighbourhoods with community consultation. There are 3 sites spread across Ottawa South, Lowertown and Centretown.


The youth from Nunavut will be guided by Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson, from the Embassy of Imagination. Their dream wall is 87 George Street (Bell Media building). This main mural will take Inuit art out of the galleries and into the public, for the pride of Nunavummiut and the enjoyment of all Canadians, visitors and online viewers. The project will give youth a voice and it will instigate dialogue around the next generation of Inuit artists. Illunaata will provide an unparalleled opportunity for Nunavummiut youth artists that lack access to arts programs, and it will rejuvenate the artistic and cultural exchange between “the north” and “the south.”


Illunaata will commemorate Confederation by showcasing Canadian values and aspirations, with a uniquely Inuit mural and 3 other murals inspired by the people of Ottawa to add to Ottawa’s growing collection of public art. Illunaata will be a vibrant step towards the future.
We are excited to collaborate with these organizations to bring Canadian colours to the walls of Ottawa and share dynamic Canadian stories, histories, and visions through the medium of paint.


We are very grateful to the City of Ottawa and their new Arts, Culture and Investment Program for which we have received funding for this project. We are also grateful to the Herb + Cece Schreiber Family Foundation and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami for also funding this project. We would also like to thank Dulux Paint for sponsoring all of the paint for each mural and Van’s Pressure Cleaning Ottawa for power washing each mural site.








Malika Welsh, Development & Fundraising Coordinator 613-241-7471 ext. 31