The Opportunity…. The Village on Main is seeking an artist or multiple artists to create a mini mural(s) in The Village on Main. This opportunity is open to artists, including but not limited to art collectives, art galleries, artist-led community groups, artist teams, curators, designers, mural artists, and visual artists.


The Village on Main CID created The EXPECT the UNEXPECTED Project as a fun initiative that will encourage people to explore the community and while doing so, come across unexpected pieces of street art. It is an opportunity where artists can contribute to the beautification of The Village on Main community through art by incorporating aspects of the city that are already in place but not necessarily the prettiest to look at.

The EXPECT the UNEXPECTED Project incorporates aspects of the city that may not be so appealing to the eye; cracks in the sidewalk, pipes, walls, stairs, curbs, manhole covers, grates, concrete pillars, and anything else you can think of! It is a creative way to add a little colour and whimsy to the Village on Main Community. The possibilities are endless. This will definitely give you the opportunity to ‘think outside the box.

Eligibility: Artists residing in Nova Scotia

Deadline: Monday, August 8

Project completion: September 30 (but can be flexible)


In the Spring of 2022, we illuminated the mural with 60 LED lights that can be programmed to display any singular color or movement of colors. The lighting enhances the mural scenes and brings a greater sense of safety to the otherwise dark street. The already unique and spectacular daylight scenes have become an unsuspecting night time dazzle of images with the sensation of lighting.

The vibrant mural is a symbol of celebration, marking the first lifting of lockdown restrictions with a burst of color depicting various scenes representing our community (businesses, lakes, Dartmouth pride), our vision (residential, growth, welcoming, diversity) and symbolizing a tribute to Nova Scotian stories of 2020.


During the Summer of 2020, we commissioned local artist Lynda McConnell to design a concept for a mural that would transform a 440’ foot concrete wall along Tacoma Drive. The mural represents the new sense of energy in our community but it also adds colour to the Village on Main and enhances the pedestrian experience.

By creating a colourful and modern mural we have announced to our community that the Village on Main is undergoing an exciting transformation and is becoming an increasingly vibrant community in HRM.

Lynda’s design is so colourful and eye-catching, yet it captures the true sense of the Village on Main.