Art project to adorn transit shelters

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The City of Airdrie is launching a new initiative to bring art to the new transit shelters popping up around the city, according to community developer Michael McAllister.

“This was a new (idea) that our department brought forward around when the cultural policy was being developed,” he said. “There was a number of images on the screen (during the presentation to council)…and council thought this would be a good way to bring this idea back to Airdrie so they had directed staff to investigate what it would take to implement creative images, artwork into transit shelters.”

Submissions of artwork are currently being accepted for the Art in Transit program, according to McAllister. This new program is intended to bring the work of local artists to a broader audience within the community.

“There’ll be a community committee, comprised of three community members with arts administrative or (who) have been involved in art selection for the City of Airdrie in the past,” he said. “So no staff (is) involved in terms of the voting with this. Our role is to facilitate a discussion and to set the parameters that council had wanted.”

McAllister said the committee would include one youth member. The committee will review all submissions and select 24 finalists with final judging to occur in September. The jury will be looking for artwork that reflects the community, according to McAllister.

“We’re hoping for the fall of this year (to install the artwork) – it really is weather dependent. With putting vinyl on glass, we can’t leave it too late. If the weather starts getting colder, our suppliers told us that it will be more challenging to do that, if not impossible,” he said. “Our goal is to do it all this fall, but if we can’t get to it, it will be next spring. They’re on three-year cycles so they’ll be up for three years.”

All submissions must be one dimensional and fit within a 24-inch wide by 36-inch tall frame. Artists whose work is chosen will be expected to supply a high-resolution image of the piece prior to production and installation.

Artists wishing to submit can do so by forwarding two low-resolution images of their piece by Aug. 28 at 4:30 p.m. to community.development@airdrie.ca

More information is available online at airdrie.ca/artintransit

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