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Saskatoon Transit art contest winners revealed

For immediate release: Tue, 2019-06-25 13:25

Saskatoon Transit unveiled two new pieces of artwork for the 2nd Saskatoon Transit Student Art Contest. The contest was open to all grade 3 and 7 students in Saskatoon 

“This is a great opportunity for elementary school students to see a piece of artwork, created by someone just like them, on the side of a transit bus. This is a way to honour the creative work they do and be a part of the growing Active Transportation culture in Saskatoon” says Jim McDonald, Director of Saskatoon Transit.   

Grade 7 student, Avery from St. Philip School and grade 3 student, Kinsey from Saskatoon French School are this year’s best of show winners. The winning pieces were chosen by the Remai Modern’s Learning and Engagement Manager, Kelly Van Damme based on how well they reflected the Active Transportation” theme. 

“Walking, and sometimes cycling, is the beginning and end of each transit trip,” says Jay Magus, Director of Transportation. “By combining an active trip with a transit trip, people are able to make trips that are farther than they may be able to walk or bike.”  

“Students can be incredibly insightful, and we can learn a lot from the creative ways in which they communicate that insight,” said Darcie Lich, the coordinator who oversees fine arts education at Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. “The ideas they express through their art can be good lessons for us on how to be more active, how to be more engaged in our communities and how to make simple little decisions that help us live more sustainably. Thank you to all students who participated, and congratulations to the winners” 

The winning artwork will be displayed on the side of Saskatoon Transit buses traveling across Saskatoon throughout the summer. 

  “At Saskatoon Public Schools, we encourage our students and families to explore active transportation for their commute to school. The Student Art Contest complements this work by allowing our students to creatively explore and envision their community while learning about active transportation,” said Paul Janzen, Superintendent of Education for Saskatoon Public Schools.   

This art contest helps plant the seed at a young age of how public transportation works as part of Active Transportation and that it is a viable and sustainable option in our city says Jim McDonald, Director of Saskatoon Transit.