Elizabeth-Ann Doyle, Co-founder and general and artistic director of MU
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I see myself as a conductor tasked with finding the best artists to create murals, as well as bringing citizens, wall owners, elected teams, and stakeholders together around an artistic project. My mission is simple: make sure that art has a positive impact in everyday life, that it beautifies the life of neighbourhood residents and tourists. The pandemic taught me just how much we’re a part of the solution for Montrealers.
A mural is a great way to broadcast culture. It gives citizens access to free art, with no geographical restrictions; there are over 150 murals in Montreal. A mural is also a way of concretely changing everyday life. Take Habitations Jeanne-Mance, for instance: the image of this low-income building complex has been completely transformed thanks to the 15 murals painted on its facades. Now it’s even considered a tourist attraction. Another great example is the Leonard Cohen (editor’s note: Crescent Street) mural that Montrealers hold dear to their hearts. A mural is successful when it generates a sense of pride.