Humanity In Community

About Hub City Walls

We respectfully acknowledge that Hub City Walls takes place on the traditional, unceded, and ancestral territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.

Nanaimo’s First Mural Festival

Hub City Walls 2020 will take place from August 5 to August 15 in the downtown core. This new and distinctive festival will bring five murals to life over the course of a ten-day event, inviting local, regional, and Canadian street, mural, and urban artists to participate. On the final day, we’ll celebrate the urban arts and the finished murals with a block party, mainstage, pop up art show, demonstrations, workshops, and more! 

Hub City Walls is produced by Humanity In Art and powered by the Humanity In Community Foundation

about our team

Lauren Semple

Festival Producer

Lys Glassford

Artistic Director

Sharon Thomsen

Board Member

Nic Carper

Board Member

Hannah Crawford

Board Member

Zoey Heath

Board Member


Humanity In Community

Humanity In Community (HIC) is a Registered Non-Profit foundation with a public art mandate and demonstrated commitment to contributing to the quality of life of the city through

  • murals that foster public enjoyment and engagement
  • advancing the visibility of urban art through the creation of public art projects that connect the community to their urban surroundings, and provide opportunities for local, emerging, and Indigenous muralists and street artists. 
  • the attraction of artists from outside the region for the enjoyment of local audiences and visitors. 

Since its inception in December 2017, HIC has been dedicated to building a vibrant arts & culture community in the Central Vancouver Island Region, through large-scale public art projects, community outreach, and collaboration with other arts & culture stakeholders.

In 2018, HIC brought colour and culture to Nanaimo’s downtown core with the launch of the Urban Art Gallery, the first open-air gallery of its kind on the island. The entire Commercial x Terminal x Wallace block has been transformed by wrapping an unused and unloved building in colourful, engaging murals. The project was completely funded through local business support, community crowd-funding, and in-kind donations and discounts from suppliers, without any government funding or grants. 

Street artists Unity and Humanity work on a bee themed mural.

For more information on Humanity In Art, please visit humanityinart.com