Painting the Rails

The first mural for the Canada 150 “Paint the Rails” legacy project was officially unveiled at the Churchill LRT Station in December, 2017. The large, three-part mural called “Returning Home,” by artists Carla Taylor and Dana Belcourt, is intended to gently honour Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. It also keeps with the spirit underlying the City of Edmonton’s Let’s Keep Each Other Safe campaign and its gender-based violence and sexual assault prevention initiative.

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The “Paint the Rails” project is a collaboration between Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) and the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. More “Paint the Rails” art installations are planned for other Edmonton LRT stations in 2018. The themes of the artwork will be based on previous public engagement sessions with a diverse range of Edmontonians.

These installations will visually convey community stories and also be a valuable addition to ETS’ existing public art collection displayed at all its LRT stations. 

Public art not only helps ETS connect people and the community, but also provides a great opportunity to support local artists.

 

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  1. Renee Vaugeois
    5 months ago

    Just an addition – The John Humphrey Centre with other partners will be hosting a series of further conversations digging into history related to a range of community backgrounds to define the final four murals in the project. Follow us @jhcentre #painttherails to track the project and to keep up with upcoming activities with partners such as Shiloh Baptist Church. Watch out at International Week on January 29th for the official launch of the second mural project at the University station.

  2. Renee Vaugeois
    5 months ago

    And thanks so very much for sharing this project! We are honoured to have support from the Edmonton Community Foundation to make it a reality.

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