Thursday, September 17, 2009

Young Calgarians design monthly transit passes

Calgary transit celebrated it’s 100 birthday in part by sprucing up its monthly passes from Sept. 2009 to December 2010 with art by 16 students.
The young artists who were chosen to design the passes as well as all who submitted entries were congratulated today by Deputy Mayor Joe Ceci at Chinook Mall.

“The future of Calgary lies with its youth and we are fortunate to have some extremely talented young people in our city,” says Ceci. “Calgary Transit has come a long way over the past 100 years and the fact that it is looking to our youth – our future – to actively participate in something bigger, something that touches thousands of Calgarians every day, is important.”

This unique project was developed to give young people a say in something that impacts their lives as well as many others. Calgary Transit partnered with Child & Youth Friendly Calgary, The City of Calgary’s Community and Neighbourhood Services, the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Catholic School District.

Any child or youth in grades one through 12 was eligible to submit a design based on one of the following themes: Transit into the Future; Going Green with Calgary Transit; Calgary Transit and Me; and Transit Connects Communities. Over 260 designs were submitted. A selection committee composed of transit drivers, youth and a graphic arts professional selected 16 of the submitted designs.

All submissions, including the 16 selected pieces, will be on display at Chinook Centre Mall from September 17 to October 1.

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