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Science and Tech is getting a graffiti makeover this weekend

By Apartment613 on June 22, 2016

Post by Nicole Irvine

When it comes to searching out events in Ottawa, I find that I usually have a few major considerations in mind. I want something that gives me a little bit of knowledge, gets my toes tapping to music, leaves me with a happy feeling in my stomach (from all the delicious food I’ll obviously be having), or gives me a great Instagram post.

So if you’re like me, then it looks like we may have found the granddaddy of all events this weekend that includes all this and more: a Community Jam at the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

Building up to their major event at the end of August, House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture is teaming up with the (currently closed) Canada Science and Technology Museum to showcase to the community the completion of the largest joint mural to have ever been painted in our capital city.

Following the theme of “How does Science Inspire You?”, House of PainT and Canada Science and Technology Museum are inviting visitors to have a chance to make their own mark. Attendees can assist with recreating the five winning designs on a wall of the museum. Each of these winning designs has been selected by a nationwide contest, which will be announced later this week.

That’s right. You’ll be leaving a permanent mark on one of Ottawa’s fine museum institutions in the form of graffiti – and it’s totally legal!

For those of you who are like me and are completely at a loss for artistic direction, there will be professional graffiti artists on hand to guide you through the creations.

If you prefer to stay away from the paint, you can also indulge in a variety of other exciting activities while you’re there too. In fact, there are skateboarding demos and workshops hosted by Top of the World Skateshop, live breaking demos, and hip hop performances by CKCU’s own DJ 2Creamz and DJ Lukijo.

On top of all that, did I mention that there is also a collection of local food trucks for you to feast on?

If you’re into street culture with a science spin to it, you should definitely head over to “How Does Science Inspire You?” with paint cans in hand.

By the looks of it, you’ll be leaving with a boat-load of street culture knowledge, a happy stomach, some newly minted graffiti skills and beautiful Instagram posts.

“How Does Science Inspire You?” Community Jam is on Saturday June 25th from 11am-4pm at the Canada Science and Technology Museum (1867 St. Laurent Blvd). For more info, visit the Facebook event page.

To learn more about House of PainT, check out their website or find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube.