Council sets aside $5,000 for mural project


St. Stephen – Downtown St. Stephen may get a little more colourful this year.

Town council has set aside funding for a mural to be created on the King Street-facing side of the gray wall which borders the St. Croix Library and the town fountain at town square.

Deputy Mayor Jason Carr said he asked council for $5,000 in this year’s budget for a community mural project.

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He said he has spoken with St. Stephen Middle School art teacher Jeff McGinn, and gained his help for the project.

“I don’t know how far $5,000 will take us,” said Carr, adding McGinn has agreed to research what type of paint will best suit creating the mural on the porous concrete wall.

Carr said council is in agreement with the mural’s location and the town will reach out to schools and community volunteers, as well as local groups and organizations for ideas on what they’d like to see as part of the artwork.

Carr said a committee will be formed to work on creating the mural. Ideas for the artwork can be submitted to McGinn at SSMS or to Carr at

“We want to see what St. Stephen wants represented on that wall. It’s a blank canvass waiting to show off the community to the world,” said Carr.

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Kathy Bockus
Journalist Kathy Bockus is based in St. Stephen and has worked for The Saint Croix Courier as a general news reporter and feature writer for the past 15 years. She began her lengthy newspaper career in 1974 with a daily in Saint John. Bockus says she always jokes being a reporter is a licence to be nosey, but firmly believes that everyone has a story to tell. She can be contacted at 321-0759.