DTA houses Before I die in support of ARCH

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Downtown Association manager Josh Ingram takes his turn to write a message on the Before I Die Wall on Fri. Nov. 25, 2016. The chalkboard has been installed in the alley between Queen and King streets to encourage urban expression and the important conversation about living life well.

“Community is what this project is about,” said Theresa Mudge, ARCH executive director. “It’s a great way to engage community members in the important conversation about living life well. We hope the wall becomes a representation of our diverse community – a public space where people of all ages can make their mark for a moment in time.”

Chalk will be available to write messages and it will be cleaned on occasion either by a member of the Downtown Association or mother nature.

The Downtown Association has assumed responsibility to manage the board.


Association manager Josh Ingram said the chalkboard is another example of the association’s commitment to making Queen Street a recreational and interactive hub of activity.

“We all have a story and goals we’d like to achieve, and as a community, as neighbours this wall gives us the opportunity to be inspired by the candor, bravery or frivolity of anonymous thought. I look forward to many visits to the wall to see what people are up to,” he said.

The Story Behind the Wall

“One of the most creative community projects ever.”
– The Atlantic

After losing someone she loved and experiencing deep depression, artist Candy Chang created an interactive wall on an abandoned house in her neighborhood to create an anonymous place to help restore perspective and share intimately with neighbors while remaining an introvert. After receiving permission, she painted the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans with chalkboard paint and stenciled it with a grid of the sentence, “Before I die I want to _______.” Anyone walking by could pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their lives, and share their personal aspirations in public space.

If can’t make it down to the physical wall, sign the virtual one here.

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