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500 schoolchildren create 60 murals for Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Games

Sixty murals created by 500 elementary and high school students across Ontario that will serve to welcome 10,000 athletes, coaches and team officials along with fans to the Toronto 2015 Pan American/Para Pan Am Games will be unveiled in June.

Artwork represents each of 41 visiting countries

Local students will provide original art work used as welcome murals for visitors to the 2015 Pan Am Games 1:17

Local schoolchildren are key contributors in the preparation for the Toronto 2015 Pan American/Para Pan Am Games.

Sixty murals created by 500 elementary and high school students that will serve to welcome 10,000 athletes, coaches and team officials along with fans will be unveiled in June and displayed in TTC subway stations and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Forty-one of the murals will represent each of the visiting countries and 19 will speak to the spirit of the Games. The Pan Am Games run July 10-26 while the Para Pan Am Games is slated for Aug. 7-14.

The Welcome 41 project is a partnership between Arts for Children and Youth and Pattison Outdoor Advertising and marks the first time AFCY is extending its programming beyond Toronto across Ontario to Ottawa, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Mississauga, Beaverton, Windsor, Kitchener-Waterloo and Six Nations.

"We really wanted to allow the children from across Ontario to be contributing to the Games," said Julie Frost, executive and artistic director of Arts for Children and Youth.

Click on the video above to learn more about the Welcome 41 project and the Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games.

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