Meet the three amazing artists creating public art for the Halifax Common

HRM announces diverse line-up for cultural project.

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Back in May, the city announced their search for an LGBTQIA artist to create a piece for one of three planned pedestrian entrance plazas on the Halifax Common.

Today, it was announced that Raven Davis, an Anishnawbe/Ojibway Two-Spirit, multidisciplinary artist and activist was chosen to represent the LGBTQIA community with a piece of art at the Commons' Citadel Gateway. These are exciting times for Davis, as they were recently chosen as one of 210 North American artists whose work will be exhibited for the Contemporary North American Indigenous Artists exhibit in Venice, Italy for that city's biennial celebrations.

The city also announced the artists that will represent the African Nova Scotian and Aboriginal communities.

Representing the African Nova Scotian community, Marven Nelligan will have a piece placed at the Armoury Gateway. Nelligan got his start in art drawing portraits, painting murals and airbrushing t-shirts before moving into web developing and graphic design. He was raised and still resides in Uniacke Square

Teresa Marshall, originally from Truro/Millbrook will represent the aboriginal community with a piece placed at the Creighton Field Gateway. Marshall's work specifically concerns the well-being and celebration of Mi'kmaq people and culture.

In the coming weeks, the municipality will host discussions and meetings in partnership with The Youth Project, the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre and LaMeia Reddick of the Black Leaders and Learners Advocacy Collective to help inform and inspire the artists and community to ensure their final designs accurately reflect the groups they represent.

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