History in the making

The public will soon get a sneak peek at a winning War of 1812 mascot designed by a Niagara College student.

Students from the college’s Art & Design Foundation program were invited to participate in designing a War of 1812 character to be used as a curriculum tool for Passport Niagara – A Journey Through the War of 1812 – to reach 30,000 Niagara students. The winner will be announced by the Legacy Council on Tuesday, April 10.

Annette Hemerik, Professor for NC’s School of Media Studies and Coordinator for the Art & Design Foundation program, noted that about 35 students participated in the competition.  

“We at Niagara College are honoured to participate in the Passport Niagara development: A Journey Through The War of 1812,” said Hemerik. “This Bicentennial is an important part of history for the region and our students.”

Hemerik said that it was a challenging project for the students, as the timing for the development and the design of the mascot was intense and deadline driven.

“The result however has been received as extremely positive and a great experience for both the students and the Historic Niagara Education Committee,” she said.

The initiative – a partnership between all Niagara school boards and the 1812 Legacy Council, Welland Historical Museum, with expert representation from historic community partners – will provide students from Grades 3 to 8 with an educational experience related to the upcoming bicentennial.

“I instinctively turned to the college to utilize the design talent that I knew was there,” said Katie Farr, Media and Communications for the 1812 Legacy Council.

In a media release, Farr said the results were beyond expectations.

“It’s very rewarding to see all of these educational institutions come together for a project that educations people on the War of 1812 in Niagara,” she said. “Not only does it compliment our bicentennial map but raises great awareness about the importance of Niagara’s role in the conflict that unfolded 200 years ago.”

The unveiling will be held Tuesday, April 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Welland Campus, on the third floor of the Simcoe Building in the gallery.

The winner and runners-up will receive an honorarium and a gift.

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