The Brescia Centennial Story mural is a community initiative and participatory arts process, designed to create an embodied representation of the past 100 years of Brescia’s history through artistic expression. The mural celebrates women in community, education and leadership, through documenting and weaving together the individual and collective stories of members of the Brescia and London communities.

The Creative Process

The participatory arts process is just as important as the final product. The process inspires social innovation and radical collaboration. Bringing together students, faculty, staff, board members, alumnae and neighbors, creates a collective sense of belonging and community through collaboration, where everyone’s story and contribution to the final piece matters.

The Brescia Centennial Story mural invites everyone to pause, come together and make friends while creating art. This is by far the greatest reward of a participatory arts process – a reward that participants are reminded of once and again by meeting with the longstanding artwork, which will remain on Brescia’s walls into its bold next century.

Join Us in Storytelling and Artistic Expression

The mural will be open for paint-by-numbers participation at various events at Brescia from September 2019 to January 2020, including the Academic Pavilion Opening, Homecoming and The Feast of St. Angela Merici. Trained student facilitators, along with lead artist Melanie Schambach, will welcome participants with brushes, colour, drawings, paint and an extensive visual research of Brescia’s stories in the last 100 years. No skills necessary!

About Melanie Schambach

Melanie Schambach was born in 1981 in Colombia, raised in Colombia and Guatemala, and moved to the northern landscape in 2001. After completing a BFA in Visual Arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Melanie continued training in facilitation and art therapy.

She has engaged more than 1,500 people in creating collective mobile murals, and facilitated more than 1000 workshops on creativity and empowerment to diverse populations. Committed to social inclusion and environmental consciousness, her work has built multi-stakeholder partnerships across the public sector, private sector, first nations, non-profit organizations and grassroots organizing – serving communities in Colombia, Guatemala, Brasil, Spain USA and Canada.

To learn more about the Brescia Centennial Story’s lead artist, Melanie Schambach, visit

Important Dates:

If you would like to participate in the StoryPainting process, please join us at any of these events:

Exams Week

Sunday, December 8th, between 10:00am and 10:00pm
Monday, December 9th, between 10:00am and 10:00pm
Tuesday, December 10th, between 10:00am and 8:00pm
Location: Mercato
Everyone welcome to drop-in anytime.

Staff/Faculty Luncheon

Friday, December 20
Location: Mercato

The Circle

Sunday, January 26th
1:00pm-4:00pm Structured session
4:00pm-6:00pm Drop-in
Location: Auditorium, St. James Building

Angela Merici Day

Tuesday, January 28th, between 11:30am and 7:00pm
Location: Mercato
Everyone welcome

Photo Gallery:

Become Part of Brescia's Living History

How do you encapsulate 100 bold years of women leading? By sharing the stories of those who lived and breathed it. Become part of Brescia’s living history by adding to our Online Memory Album.

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