The vancouvermurals.ca website presents images and descriptions of more than 40 murals in East Vancouver. Mural tour maps are available to download from the website and provide an opportunity to explore the various neighbourhoods. Each tour is designed for walking or cycling and includes an audio component which is accessible by mobile phone. The creation of the website recognizes the important role murals play as permanent icons of community identity and landmarks within the urban environment.
The works illustrate the richness of mural art in Vancouver and depict a wide range of themes including the environment, First Nations, Chinese and Japanese histories, cycling, food security and iconic personalities such as Jimi Hendrix. Also included are several murals commissioned through the Vancouver 125 celebrations.
The Great Beginnings Program is funded by the Province of B.C. and the City of Vancouver to celebrate the history, heritage and culture of Vancouver’s first urban areas: Gastown, Chinatown, Japantown and Strathcona. The program creates a legacy for improved physical, social, and economic conditions in the city’s oldest neighbourhoods.
Creative Cultural Collaborations Society, founded by co-directors Richard Tetrault and Esther Rausenberg, supports cultural initiatives and the preservation of the creative cultural heritage of communities.