Sunday, April 18, 2021

Tom Thomson Art Gallery Announces #myessential Community Project

The Tom Thomson Art Gallery is excited to announce the launch of their latest community art project: #myessential. This project reflects on what the pandemic has highlighted as essential in our lives by asking the question ‘what is essential to you?’ and urging critical reflection on what we deem vital.

#myessential is a collaborative mural project led by local artist JP Morel and guided by the imaginative virtual responses, creations, and spirit of local youth from Owen Sound District Secondary School who collectively answered this important question. Through past, present, and future vantage points, the mural offers a visual diary of the ‘new normal’ we are living in, sharing the experiences of our youth and what they consider essential now more than ever.

You are invited to contribute to this community project by responding to the question what is essential to you? and sharing your #myessential with us in the Gallery space and on social media.

Art and creativity play a vital role in everyday life, helping people adjust to the ‘new normal’ of the ever-changing landscape. It has been so positive connecting our mural artist JP to local students, leading a series of drawing workshops to answer this timely question. The #myessential project will offer a collaborative visual narrative of hope, resilience, and perseverance during one of the most unexpected realities of our lifetime,” noted Heather McLeese, Curator of Public Projects and Education.

For more information, please contact Hillary Weppler, Visitor Services and Membership Coordinator, 519-376-1932 ext 223 or email to

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