The mural Alegría produced by MU and created by artist Julian Palma has not only beautify the building, but also provided the Bloomfield Park users with a window on public art. It’s the third mural produced by MU in the Parc-Extension neighbourhood.
The colorful aesthetics of Julian Palma’s artwork, both vibrant and contemplative, are perfectly suited to the “Convergence of Cultures” theme, the preferred artistic direction for MU’s mural projects in the Villeray-St-Michel-Parc-Extension borough since 2007. The hand represents solidarity and cooperation between the peoples of different cultures.
The Centre communautaire Jeunesse unie is part of the borough’s municipal infrastructure. It houses the Parc-Extension youth center better known as Jeunesse unie. The building and adjacent park have recently undergone major repair work (masonry, play structures, etc.).
Its central location and the key services it provides are significant in keeping the local community engaged.
Art students Catherine Lemay, Claudia Persechino, Bianca Zepada Leblanc, Annie Provençal and Zacharie Potvin-William assisted the artist throughout the production of the mural.
Art workshops will be offered to the neighborhood youth in collaboration with the Centre communautaire Jeunesse unie. Participants will create their own mural set in the entranceway of the building.