It just got a whole lot more colourful near the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Sheppard Street.
A new mural, featured on the side of the neighbourhood 7-11 store near the intersection, features the work of student artists from the Wayfinders program on Sheppard. The mural depicts inspirational figures from throughout history.
Rachel O’Connor, mural facilitator with Wayfinders, said once a basic colour scheme and shape for the mural was set, youth began filling in their designs.
"The templates were a great set up for the kids. We could just set them up and let them paint," she said.
Wayfinders provides high school students with support to graduate high school and make the transition to post-secondary or other training.
Amy Cortez, a Maples area student, said she was looking forward to completing work on the mural. Students spent more than a month working on the project.
Cortez said painting with templates made the students’ job relatively easy.
"The stencils made it really easy to get to work," she said.
O’Connor said the mural was completed fairly quickly, with as many as 20 Wayfinders members contributing to the project. The finished project features everyone from Terry Fox and Wayne Gretzky to Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr.
"We will certainly have more than 20 people on the wall," O’Connor said last week.
Started in 2008 as a program for Grade 9 students, Wayfinders has since expanded to include students up to Grade 12.
Wayfinders volunteer co-ordinator Awit Marcelino said the program provides knowledge and skills to help students in high school and provides study space during the school year and programming throughout the summer.
For more information visit www.wayfindersmanitoba.com