After a successful first year, Airdrie Transit and Creative Airdrie’s Art in Motion initiative will continue to showcase local artists in 2012/13.
“Last year was the first time in its 30 year history that Airdrie Transit’s passes were more than just a way to board the bus,” commented Chris MacIsaac, Transit Coordinator with the City of Airdrie. “The passes last year were vibrant, exciting and displayed the immense visual art talent in our community. We are delighted to provide this opportunity again in our next series of passes.”
“Creative Airdrie is thrilled that Art in Motion is an opportunity to put Airdrie Artists and their art in the hands of so many people,” added Linda Bruce, Executive Director of Creative Airdrie.
The call is out for local artists who would like their work promoted throughout the city and region to submit a high resolution jpeg image of a finished piece. Artwork selected will be featured on the monthly bus passes starting September 2012 for both the regional Intercity Express (ICE) and local transit services (24 passes in total).
Last year, Art in Motion’s collection featured a variety of visual artists including painters, sculptors, photographers, textile artists and mixed media artists.
Artists can submit their images to firstname.lastname@example.org until June 15th. The 24 images will be selected June 21. Artists may submit as many images as they wish as multiple images from the same artist may be selected.
Airdrie Transit Gets Creative
Creative Airdrie is teaming up with Airdrie Transit to put Airdrie artists in motion literally. Airdrie Transit plans to feature local visual art by featuring works by up to 24 artists on transit monthly passes for 2011/12. (12 ICE passes and 12 local passes).
The call is out for local artists who would like their work promoted throughout the city and region to submit a high res jpeg image of a finished piece. The transit passes become calling cards to promote the diverse talent living and working in Airdrie. Visual artists including painters, sculptors, carvers, textile artists and mixed media artists will get the chance to showcase their talents in a moveable feast for the eyes. “If a high quality photo can be supplied we can work with that and showcase any type of visual art piece,” says Shaw-Froggatt
“Airdrie Transit is excited to partner with Creative Airdrie to showcase local artists using public transit as a mobile art gallery,” added Chris MacIsaac, Airdrie Transit Coordinator. “The Art in Motion initiative will transform our monthly transit passes into unique, dynamic pieces of art and grow the profile of public art in the community.”
“This is an excellent opportunity for our local talent to get free exposure – it’s as if we are distributing their business cards,” says Creative Airdrie representative Sherry Shaw-Froggatt. “We encourage artists of all levels and styles to submit piece that represents their signature style, as this is a no cost way for them to advertise.”
In addition every time a transit pass is sold the featured artist is promoted with an attached brochure letting riders know where to find the local artist and his or her work.
The passes will be introduced in August for the September monthly pass sales. Passes can be purchased at Airdrie City Hall, Genesis Place, Airdrie Co-op and the Calgary Transit Customer Service Centre in downtown Calgary.
In addition to the passes, the selected art will be reproduced on interior bus panels, some exterior bus panels and new transit shelters being launched this fall. A limited edition commemorative poster featuring all 24 images will also be available for purchase with funds supporting Creative Airdrie initiatives.
Artists can submit their images to email@example.com until May 15th. The 24 images will be selected May 18. Artists may submit as many images as they wish as multiple images from the same artist may be selected.
For more information contact:
Chris MacIsaac Transit Coordinator 403-948-8800 ext 8449
Sherry Shaw-Froggatt Creative Airdrie 403-807-1272