Earlier today, Andy Fillmore—Halifax's member of parliament—announced the North End Business Association will receive $111,000 from federal funding (namely, through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund).
The money is earmarked for creating a permanent monument to civil rights icon Viola Desmond in her own neighbourhood, which a statement says is to be created by a local artist. Additionally, 40 banners by underrepresented artists will be funded through the money, with the aim of creating a permanent north end art crawl. "The new art, paired with informational signage and walking tours, will encourage people to explore the North End while helping to preserve the area’s cultural identity," a release announcing the funding adds.
The monument will be constructed on Gottingen Street, and artists have until December 20 to pitch their vision.