We believe art is the language of our humanity; a medium that allows for the expression of the intricate and complex traits that make us inherently human, like love, empathy, compassion, and creativity.

Through public art, we can engage the greater human collective, infuse environments with beauty, and create centrepieces for community.

Lys Glassford


Lys Glassford is a self-taught artist who loves to crush cans on the urban canvas and curate community art.

Lauren Semple


Signing their public murals as ‘Unity’, Lauren Semple was also the project manager for the 2018 Urban Art Gallery.

Humanity In Art was founded in 2013 in Nanaimo, BC by street artist Humanity (Lys Glassford), and quickly became known for local community improvement projects in residential, urban, and business settings.

In 2017, Humanity In Art relaunched with a new partnership in Unity (Lauren Semple), and with a newly formed not-for-profit foundation, Humanity in Community, dedicated to supporting local street artists and public art urban rehabilitation projects.

In 2018  Humanity In Community successfully tackled the “old A&B Sound building” and transformed this downtown Nanaimo eyesore into the city’s first Urban Art Gallery and Open Art Wall.