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Signs of Hope Mini-Mural Painting Party #2

  • Diana Krall Plaza (map)

After hosting a successful pilot event in August 2018, we're excited to make this magical occasion happen once again!

We're calling all visual artists, sign makers, and talented doodlers who love the beautiful city of Nanaimo to participate in the inaugural Signs of Hope Mini-Mural Festival!

Signs of Hope is an intentional art festival featuring local artists who conspire to inspire optimism, compassion, and pride in place through the creation and tactical installation of public art.

Thanks to generous donations from members of our community, participation in this festival has been made entirely FREE, supported through the work of volunteers. Artists just need to bring their own paintbrushes. 


Signs of Hope mini-murals or 'signs' are intended to deliver impactful, positive messages, often through symbols or high contrast text that is legible from a distance of at least 3 metres (further is even better!).

Participating artists are encouraged to design their mini-mural(s) in keeping with their unique creative style, using either a suggested phrase or a pre-approved message that aligns with the Festival's values and mission. 

Each completed sign will be installed at a random location somewhere in Nanaimo. Installed 'signs' are usually found in hard-to-reach yet highly visible areas. Artists are encouraged to suggest provocative installation locations upon submission of their work to the Festival team.


  1. Like to paint with others? Attend one of our FREE public painting parties (see our events)! All paint, primed wood canvases and suggested phrases will be provided. Just bring your favourite paintbrushes and some clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.

  2. Prefer to have some space when you create? Contact us directly with a visual proof or sketch of your intended message and design for either a 1'x1' or 2'x2' wood canvas. Once approved, we will deliver a primed canvas to you directly, and pick it up again within a pre-arranged time-frame.

  3. Not (yet) an artist? Spread the word about the Signs of Hope Mini-Mural Festival and share 'signs' when you find them in your neighbourhood using #signsofhopeminimurals

Let us know what you think by sending us a Facebook message or emailing us at

Thanks for reading and hope to see you at the painting party!