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Edmonton transit stations come alive with works of art

Forty-one works of art showcase local artists from marginalized backgrounds.
Brittany L
Look for unique art works to enliven transit and billboards throughout Edmonton for weeks ahead. Photo submitted.

In a new iteration of the transitory public art project formerly known as #YEGCanvas, the Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) has partnered with Pattison Outdoor Advertising and Alberta Avenue's Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts to showcase 41 artworks representing a variety of artists with developmental disabilities.

First introduced in 2015, the project has featured over 100 local artists whose work has been displayed on billboards and transit all around Edmonton. It has provided a platform for those who come from marginalized backgrounds to display their work and lend their voice to the community, according to Janice Easton, Director of Communications and Artistic Outreach at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts.

“When the EAC approached us about doing a similar project spotlighting artwork from the Nina specifically, we were thrilled. With a collective of about 200 practicing artists, we are in a unique position to provide a large, diverse collection of art in a short amount of time," she said.

The artworks will be on full display throughout Edmonton’s LRT system over the next 24 weeks. Also on display are 41 digital posters rotating on the platform level of Churchill LRT Station corresponding to the posters displayed across the line. TIX on the Square will also be rotating the original artworks through the store for the duration of the project.