Food Map Mural

An interactive way to display the dietary specifications of Barrie’s population in a resourceful way that reaches all ages.

This interactive mural is an engaging way to show the gaps and resources within a specific community, accessible to an inclusive client base. The mural, to be painted within the Barrie Community Health Centre, will act as an eye-catching exhibit that will allow for people who enter the centre to place a colour-coded sticker on the map. These stickers will correlate with the dietary specifications listed on the legend provided. The colours within the legend will go hand in hand with a dietary specific recipe book on the wall beside the mural. This method fits with the Barrie Community Health Centre’s clientele due to the fact that many of these people are elderly and may not be as involved in the online community.There will be an impact community wide, due to the spread of knowledge on available resources within the city of Barrie. The information that clients place on the map can also be uploaded into a digital format like the digital food map within Nourish.

Theory of Change: 
If we
create an interactive mural painted by the Barrie Community Health Centre’s Art Therapy Group then awareness within the community will increase and the stigma will be reduced, because an eye-catching food map will help normalize affordable, accessible, and dietary-conscious resources for food. 

Elements and Recommended Materials

Elements of the Mural: In order to create the Food Mural Map, you will want to include the elements listed below to reach the optimal level of understanding. Also listed below are the required resources, as well as recommendations to conduct the engagement piece.

Legend: The legend displays the dietary specifications that correlate to the stickers on the map. Decide on a sticker for each legend element and paint it on the mural.

Map: Display the major roads for people to follow, and include an example of each legend element within the map so the client knows what they are doing. Include major landmarks like bodies of water.

Recipe Book: Place dividers in the book that match the colour-coded legend, and write which recipe matches up. Each sleeve should contain an example of the recipe that could be photocopied for the client to take.

Braille: Braille text can be added to the map using an online braille translator, as well as cardstock and a braille punch to be inclusive to a wider population.

Required Tools:

– Google Maps (to draw the map prototype)

– White board markers

– White board

– Projector (for sketching the map)

– Pencils

– Pens

– Paint

– Paintbrushes

– Stickers (to place on the map)

– Braille punch and cardstock

– Binder with plastic sleeves (to create a recipe book)


– Look at an area that is experiencing food insecurity

– Find an organization with wall space that will allow you to implement a creative mural

– Research possible groups to paint the mural (ex. art therapy groups, high school art classes, geography classes, clubs).

The Process

Step 1: Decide on an area within the chosen community that relates to a social problem you would like to address.

Step 2: Decide on an establishment that you have or could develop a connection with to execute this mural within the organization (ex. Barrie Community Health Centre, YWCA, The Sharing Place Food Bank, etc.).

Step 3: Look within the organization and see if there is a space where you would hope to place the mural.

Step 4: Identify any relationships within the organization or community that could help to paint this mural (ex. high school art groups, art therapy groups, geography classes, etc.).

Step 5: Discuss the research of your geographical location, social issue, and relationships with the organization you plan to implement this mural within.

Step 6: Obtain confirmation on creating a mural within the chosen organization.

Step 7: Identify what you would like to include in the legend on your mural (ex. dietary specifications, recreational facilities, parks, health centres, etc.).

Step 8: Write out instructions on how to use this specific map; include this on the painted mural so people know how to engage and include a braille text if you would like to reach a broader clientele (use a braille google translator).

Step 9: Colour code each piece of information that is included within the legend.

Step 10: Look at the area of where you would like to focus in on, and decide what is necessary to include (such as the organization and an example of each specification on the legend).

Step 11: Create a sketch of the map with these key points on it. You can use a projector to help you draw or sketching paper.

Step 12: Finalize this prototype of the map and when you are satisfied with the finished product, purchase anything that the group you are partnered with requires (ex. stickers, paint brushes, paint, etc.)

Step 13: Describe to the group where you would like the map, what your prototype sketch means, and how it would work when clients use it.

Step 14: Allow the group to have creative freedom while painting and participate if you would like!

Step 15: Once the map is painted, place stickers on the locations that are relevant and relate to the legend.

How to create a dietary specific recipe book

Step 1: If this recipe book correlates to a food map mural, use the colours provided in the legend to match up to the colour-coded recipes. If not, decide what colour to make each dietary specification provided in the recipe book

Step 2: Purchase or create a binder with coloured pages that match up to the specifications to provide organization for the recipes. Also purchase sleeves for the recipes to sit in.

Step 3: Insert each division page into the recipe book and include braille text underneath each section if you would like.

Step 4: Google recipes that relate to each section you have decided on

Step 5: Print out a recipe that matches each section as an example to clients, and place it in the sleeves.

Step 6: Place the finalized copy on the wall beside your mural.

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Theme: Agency
Initial Sponsor: Barrie Community Health Centre
Program: Social Service Worker
Semester: Winter Semester 2018
Designed For: People with dietary restrictions
Supporting: The community of Barrie
Additional Keywords:  Diabetes Support, Sharing Economy, Art Therapy, Dietary Specifications, Community Engagement

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