Portraits of Waterloo Citizens Kick Off Canada’s 150th Celebration

By: Kw Now - Local News
| Published 01/12/2017

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Portraits of Waterloo citizens kick off a year to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday

We Are Waterloo Portrait Project Kicks Off Canada's 150th

(Waterloo, Ontario - The City of Waterloo Museum kicks off the city’s year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday with the We Are Waterloo Portrait Project, an exhibition that showcases the faces and diversity of Waterloo.

What: We Are Waterloo Portrait Project Exhibition

Where: City of Waterloo Museum, located at Conestoga Mall (near the food court)

When: January17 to June 9, 2017

Media is invited to attend the Community Artists event on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, from 4 – 9 p.m. at the City of Waterloo Museum.

The We Are Waterloo Portrait Project began in 2016 as a year-long community art initiative to capture the connections between art, culture, community, and identity. During more than twenty public workshops and activities, community members worked with local artists to create the self-portraits that comprise this art installation.

“The project is a personal snapshot of our community that has been created by individual citizens,” explains Mayor Jaworsky. “The pictures are symbolic of our growing cultural diversity, as our community advances on the global stage. When travelling, I am proud to say, ‘I am from Waterloo,’ and collectively this exhibition says, ‘We are Waterloo’.”

The more than 500 unique and inspiring self-portraits by individuals who work, play and live in Waterloo not only celebrate the diversity of our community, but illustrate how Waterloo embodies what it means to be Canadian. By timing the project in conjunction with Canada’s sesquicentennial, the exhibition offers an opportunity for the community to celebrate its present as well as its past and future.

About the City of Waterloo Museum

Popular for ever-changing exhibitions and offering access to Waterloo’s premier shopping centre (Conestoga Mall) on its doorstep, the City of Waterloo Museum explores the hometown history of Waterloo and the stories we have to share. The City of Waterloo Museum is the place to discover an array of historical objects, art and artifacts that tell the story of Waterloo from its founding in 1806 to the present day. The Museum features a main gallery, containing fabulous items from its sizeable holdings of over 10,000 objects, and provides various elements to learn about and celebrate all things Waterloo!

The exhibition hours are:

* Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Monthly on the fourth Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. & Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (holidays excluded)

Admission is always free. For more information, please call Karen VandenBrink, manager, museum and archival collections at 519-885-8828 or visit web link below: