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Up and Away in the Saint John City Market: Mobiles in the Market Community Art Project

10-Jun-2016

The public is invited to join Saint John City Market merchants, City of Saint John staff, and representatives from Anglophone South School District, District scholaire francophone Sud, Touchstone Academy and Living Waters Child Development Centre for the official unveiling of the 2016 Mobiles in the Market art project at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 13. The event will take at the bottom of the market (near the escalators) and light refreshments will be provided.

The theme for this year’s project is Up and Away, which depicts the colourful display of 520 hand-painted balloons that will be hung from the Market rafters as 10 large mobiles. 

“École Samuel-de-Champlain is very proud to participate in this project for the third year in a row.  At our school, we want to offer opportunities for our students to explore their passions. This project allows them to do just that,” said France Maillet, Deputy Director, Centre scolaire Samuel-de-Champlain. “We are very happy and thankful that our school was invited to be part of such a worthwhile project.”

This year, along with 1,800 students from 28 schools within the two local school districts and Touchstone Academy, 28 preschool-aged children and 4 Early Childhood Educators participated in the project.

“What a privilege to have been invited by our Historical City Market to participate in this community-minded project,” said Charmagne Stevens, Director of Living Waters Child Development Centre.
“When the children and their families visit our uptown Saint John, the displayed artwork tells them how important and valued their creations have become."

Since the project’s inception four years ago, thousands of students from over 25 schools across Anglophone South School District have painted hundreds of pieces of art for the mobiles, from 10 foot canoes, to small and mid-size butterflies, fish, Inuksuit, beavers and more.

“The Anglophone South School District is pleased to once again partner with the Saint John City Market. Part of our District Education Plan encourages our students to engage in global citizenship and giving back to our community, which is a perfect fit with this partnership,” said Community Engagement Coordinator Erica Lane. “Every year, we get more interest from our schools and the creativity and artistic talent we are seeing is amazing. Our students and teachers take great pride in the artwork they create and it is exciting for them to know that their talents will be shared with the community and tourists throughout the summer months.  

With giving back to the community a reoccurring theme for the annual Mobiles in the Market art project, the balloons will be auctioned off near the end of the year and all money raised will be donated to the Harbour Lights Campaign in support of local food banks.  

“It is wonderful for our students and staff to be involved in giving back to their community when their artwork is sold and proceeds are donated to the Harbour Lights Campaign,” adds Lane.