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We Are Waterloo Portrait Project 

We Are Waterloo Portrait Project 

The City of Waterloo Museum kicks off the city's year-long celebration of Canada's 150th birthday with the We Are Waterloo Portrait Project, an exhibition that showcases the faces and diversity of Waterloo.  

What: We Are Waterloo Portrait Project Exhibition
City of Waterloo Museum, located at Conestoga Mall (near the food court)
When: January 17 to June 9, 2017

The We Are Waterloo Portrait Project began in 2016 as a year-long community art initiative to capture the connections between art, culture, community, and identity. During more than twenty public workshops and activities, community members worked with local artists to create the self-portraits that comprise this art installation.

"The project is a personal snapshot of our community that has been created by individual citizens," explains Mayor Jaworsky. "The pictures are symbolic of our growing cultural diversity, as our community advances on the global stage. When travelling, I am proud to say, 'I am from Waterloo,' and collectively this exhibition says, 'We are Waterloo'." 

The more than 500 unique and inspiring self-portraits by individuals who work, play and live in Waterloo not only celebrate the diversity of our community, but illustrate how Waterloo embodies what it means to be Canadian. By timing the project in conjunction with Canada's sesquicentennial, the exhibition offers an opportunity for the community to celebrate its present as well as its past and future.

Hours of operation

The exhibition hours are:

  • Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monthly on the fourth Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. & Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is always free.