Storyteller, Canada Celebrates Folklore, Columbia
Claudia Salguero is a Colombian-Canadian professional, multidisciplinary and community-engaged artist working with multicultural groups in communities at risk. Working in collaboration with different Social Institutions, she has created close to 40 community murals in the City since 2014. She was awarded by Ottawa Arts Council with the 2021 Peter Honeywell Mid-Career Artist Award, recognizing and encouraging the achievements of Ottawa artists of all disciplines who have evolved beyond the emerging stage in their career to become recognized professional working artists contributing to the community. She has been featured by Ottawa Life Magazine as one of the 2013 Top 25 people in the Capital. In 2017 she was awarded the 150 Neighbourhood Arts Grant for the creation of her mural “Canadian Pride, Harmony in Cultures” as part of Canada’s 150 Anniversary official celebrations. In 2018, she created “Transformation, the WOW Mural” the tallest mural in town as the official image of the Welcoming Ottawa Week, WOW week. Both murals were created with the participation of close to 100 people from all backgrounds and corners of Ottawa. Claudia is also a Latin Folk and Jazz singer who has been raising funds for kids’ foundations in her home country through her annual sold-out concerts at the Ottawa’s National Arts Centre since 2011. She is a member of the Arts Network Ottawa’s Board of Directors. Claudia believes in art and music as a tool for a better society.