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.

We are currently recruiting a member at large to help us make Hub City Walls happen. 

The ideal candidate will have;

  • A love for public art
  • Community orientated mindset
  • A desire to uplift and improve our city

*Artistic experience is an asset but not necessary.

Ready to apply? Click here to fill out a short application.

Recruiting Directors for Hub City Walls

2021 Announcement

After extensive discussion, it is with great disappointment that we announce the postponement of the 2021 Hub City Walls mural festival to next year. With the pandemic’s negative impact on arts & culture grants and fundraising opportunities, we did not successfully secure the required funds for the 2021 event.
But this isn’t stopping us! We’re stoked to be working with the Old City Quarter Association on bringing HCW to the OCQ in ’22! Plus, with a far more positive travel situation expected next year, we’re highkey excited to possibly work with some incredible Canadian and international talent for our next event!
All that said, we’re still disappointed that this year’s event is a bust and know a lot of you are too. We appreciate the kind messages and support you send our way. We can’t wait to come back bigger and better in 2022!
Take care and be kind
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 Sakaki

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