Journey’s Home

Artist-Initiated Microgrant 2021

The Project

This 5,000 sq ft mural, painted onto the side of the Calgary Dream Centre, explores the meaning of home and the stories of people currently experiencing homelessness. Artist Nicole Wolf drew inspiration from conversations with people in residence at the Dream Centre, who contributed words, ideas, drawings and poetry to inspire the final design.

Wolf then took the design to Indigenous leaders for conversation and feedback, as well as Knowledge Keeper Cheryl Bear. A fellow artist and collaborator of Wolf’s, Bear provided meaningful contributions to the symbols seen in the final work.

The resulting mural represents an every-person, with multiple faces, carrying a literal home on their back.

In collaboration with the Dream Centre staff, Wolf held an unveiling event for the residents — many said they could relate to the theme of the mural and saw their own experiences within it.

“(The mural) sheds light on the need for transitional and affordable housing, as well as mental health and addiction recovery services in our city,” said Wolf. “Tonight, there are over 3,000 Calgarians who are homeless or will sleep in a shelter. While people are inclined to look away when they see an under-housed person, at 5000 sq ft, this work makes this issue too big to ignore.”

In the Media

Calgary Herald | November 4, 2022
Massive mural on Calgary Dream Centre inspired by consultation with residents

The 2021 Artist-Initiated Microgrant

This project was funded as part of the 2021 Artist-Initiated Microgrant. Calgary Arts Development invited Calgary and area artists, or artist teams, to submit ideas to create art in public spaces. This program provided one-time funding of $150,000 overall to support the local artist community through the impacts of COVID, to a maximum of $40,000 for each project. This microgrant program recognized that public art opportunities can come from grassroots ideas that are initiated by professional artists.

Learn more here.



Journey’s Home

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Calgary Dream Centre, 4510 Macleod Tr. SW

About the Artist

Nicole creates commercial art in the form of comics, murals and illustrations.

She also does a variety of personal projects, with a focus on storytelling, reporting and pondering the mysteries of life.

She started her training in Fine Art at MacEwan University, and holds an undergraduate in Communications Design at the Alberta University for the Arts, with a major in illustration.

She’s completed artist residencies and taught comic-making and mural-making workshops at the University of Calgary and abroad.

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