Canadian Government to Pay for Mural in Downtown N.O.

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans announced that the Canadian government will pay for a large public mural in downtown New Orleans that will address the two places’ shared history, including the French language, music, food and culture.

“The relationship between the City of New Orleans and Canada is part of our founding history, which still lives on even in our streets with the Le Moyne brothers, Bienville and Iberville,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell in a statement. “Being able to highlight this history through our shared culture is so important, particularly now during a time when we have had to remain separate throughout this pandemic.”

A Canadian artist will create the design. Officials didn’t say when the project will be complete or where the mural will be located.

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“This project shows how the people of Canada and Louisiana remain connected over time, through history and culture,” said Rachel McCormick, consul general of Canada to the south central United States. “We are overcoming the limitations of working physically together during the pandemic through an amazing virtual collaboration amongst artists. The result will be public art and a lasting reminder of our connections in New Orleans.”


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