Waterloo Regional Police Service, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Waterloo Region and Mac’s Convenience Stores, are calling on the community to help take part in an exciting new project entitled StreetART at Mac’s.
This project, to be completed in June, is an opportunity for police to work alongside youth in our community to build positive relationships while helping prevent crime.
On June 5, youth are invited to come out to a Kitchener Mac’s Convenience Store, located at 192 Activa Avenue, to spray paint an outdoor wall with professional street artist, Magic “Finnga” Wong. On June 6 and June 7, Wong will work his magic to create a beautiful mural that reflects Waterloo Region. On June 8, during the kick-off to the annual Waterloo Regional Crime Stoppers Conference, participants, media and community members will be invited back for the reveal.
Other services that have taken part in this program, including the Toronto Police Service, York Regional Police Service, Peel Regional Police Service, Thunder Bay Police Service, Barrie Police Service and Ottawa Police Service, have reported a noticeable reduction in crime at their mural locations.
During the month of May, Waterloo Regional Police will be accepting submissions of drawings, sketches and paintings from members of the community that depict what Waterloo Region means to them. The winner will have their picture included in the mural. You can tag us using #KWAwesome and #LoveMyHood with your sketch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Follow along with us to watch all the beautification happen.
The funding for this initiative is being covered through an educational study grant from Harvard University. To learn more about the StreetART Program, visit the Circle K Crime Busters website.
This article was originally published on the Waterloo Regional Police website.