Mural artist Disco works on a mural at Bernard elementary school in Chilliwack on Jan. 17, 2020. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Mural artist Disco works on a mural at Bernard elementary school in Chilliwack on Jan. 17, 2020. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack’s newest school mural speaks to ‘optimism, hope and courage’

Bernard elementary latest school in Chilliwack to include mural art on its exterior

The finishing touches are just being added to a brand new mural, splashed across the exterior of a Chilliwack school.

Bernard elementary’s Parent Advisory Council and their Aboriginal Education department have been working together on the project, and they hired artists Mavik and Disco to create it. On Sunday, the artists were working between the raindrops to complete the massive art feature.

The duo have handpainted the entire thing, without using spray paint, and it reaches from top to bottom of the main wall facing the parking lot. It’s a First Nations theme completed in black, red and pale blue. On one side, they’ve added the phrase: Home of the Broncos. The other side features a galloping horse and a sun symbol.

“The mural represents courage through the representation of the Broncos and the rising sun is a source of warmth and renewal for a new days’ journey,” said Brad Johnstone, princpal at Bernard. “This is the message we want to convey to all of our students and community that we can start each morning with optimism, hope and courage to be our best. The mural was done in a traditional way by brushing.”

The number of murals around town, and on schools, has grown rapidly in recent years. This is the third Chilliwack school that Mavik has completed work in, and he was happy to have his friend Disco in town to work with him. Overall, Mavik has completed 12 murals throughout the city, including with the Chilliwack Mural Festival.

Other artists have been commissioned at schools throughout the Chilliwack School District.

School board chair Willow Reichelt also spoke the importance of these projects.

“Art inspires people and ignites the imagination,” she said. “When we put murals on our schools, it shows that we care about beautifying our buildings. Working with Indigenous artists for many projects throughout the district demonstrates that we honour and celebrate the fact that we live and learn on traditional Stó:lō territory and that we are committed to making our schools welcoming for all students and families.”

READ MORE: Massive mural brightens a dark space at Chilliwack’s AD Rundle Middle School


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Mural artists Mavik (front) and Disco work on a mural at Bernard elementary school in Chilliwack on Jan. 17, 2020. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Mural artists Mavik (front) and Disco work on a mural at Bernard elementary school in Chilliwack on Jan. 17, 2020. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Bernard elementary in Chilliwack saved for several years to be able to have the First Nations inspired mural hand painted on the side of their school. Artists Disco and Mavik were busy on Jan. 17, 2020 finishing the work. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

Bernard elementary in Chilliwack saved for several years to be able to have the First Nations inspired mural hand painted on the side of their school. Artists Disco and Mavik were busy on Jan. 17, 2020 finishing the work. (Jessica Peters/ Chilliwack Progress)

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