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The Welcome Back Project was a community-engaged Temporary Public Art Project that responded to the varying challenges brought on by the pandemic, and to the divisive unrest that has grown in our communities and beyond. Participating artists and community members were provided with a standard unmarked welcome mat to engage with the question: “What makes a welcoming community?”. What emerged represents voices of unique experiences, place, belonging, and acceptance.

Community Art Crawl: Welcome mat artworks, created by twenty-one Ottawa-based visual artists, were installed at various locally owned businesses and organizations. Ottawa residents were encouraged to visit all locations through an Art Crawl format with an accompanying map.

Art Crawl Artists: Pansee Atta, Cat Attack Collective, Corinne Blouin, Yekta Çetinkaya, Kristina Corre, Andrea Emery, Greta Grip, Claudia Gutierrez, Zainab Hussain, Hasina Kamanzi, Gayle Kells, Don Kwan, Natasha Mazurka, Yomi Orimoloye, Christos Pantieras, Fabien Pleur, Cindy Stelmackowich, Jo (Joanna) Swim, Guillermo Trejo, Wolf Babe Collective, Melanie Yugo.

The Welcome Back Project was conceptualized by Christos Pantieras, and offered in conjunction with Third Way Creative's Reflection/Inflection Arts Response Project's Public Art Accelerator - Community Engaged Art Project and by the City of Ottawa O-Train Public Art Program. The Welcome Back Project was mounted in Ottawa (ON) from October 15th - 30th, 2022.

Self-Care
Spray paint and text on welcome mat
23.5 x 35 inches
2022
Home (Dodomu)
Plastic, tin, rubber on welcome mat
23.5 x 35 inches
2022
I AM Welcome Mat
Yarn on welcome mat
23.5 x 35 inches
2022
Euler Welcome
Acrylic paint on welcome mat
23.5 x 35 inches
2022
Door Mat, Cornerstone Housing for Women
Welcome mat
23.5 x 35 inches
2022
What Goes Down Must Come Up
Acrylic ink on welcome mat
23.5 x 35 inches
2022
Please Remove Your Shoes
Porcupine quills, glue, welcome mat
23.5 x 35 inches
2022
Playtime
Various toys and glue on welcome mat
23.5 x 35 inches
2022
Tread Lightly
Hand embroidered acrylic yarn on Belgian linen appliqué, welcome mat
23.5 x 35 inches
2022
You Are Seen
Acrylic paint, fabric paint, spray paint on welcome mat
23.5 x 35 inches
2022
Between the City and Me
Acrylic, yarn, and plastic canvas on welcome mat
44 x 12 inches
2022
There's a War Going on Outside
Yarn, paint, cloth, thread on welcome mat
23.5 x 35 inches
2022
Garden View
Repurposed yarn, wire, thread on welcome mat
23.5 x 35 inches
2022
Like a Dove
Acrylic and spray paint on welcome mat
23.5 x 35 inches
2022
Kumain ka na ba? (A love language)
Found images and objects on welcome mat
23.5 x 35 inches
2022
Thank You Temporary Workers
Acrylic Paint on welcome mat
23.5 x 35 inches
2022
Family Gathering
Second-hand shoes, spray paint, acrylic paint, cut-outs of tapestry on welcome mat
23.5 x 16 inches
2022
INCLUSION/EXCLUSION White Immigration & Oriental Exclusion
Mixed media, burnt matter from Dominion of Canada - Chinese Head Tax Certificate, acrylic paint on welcome mat
23.5 x 35 inches
2022
We Help Each Other Out
Acrylic sheet, acrylic paint on welcome mat
23.5 x 35 inches
2022