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Youth Designed Banners Define Prince Arthur’s Landing

June 26, 2008 - The City of Thunder Bay unveiled banners designed by 11 local youth today that will be installed along Water Street and the Marina Park Drive overpass as part of the Prince Arthur's Landing development. Installation of the banners will begin in time for the Canada Day Celebrations in the park on July 1. 

"These are our artists of tomorrow," said Mayor Lynn Peterson. "I think it is fantastic that they had this opportunity to display their talents publicly and be a part of the development of Prince Arthur's Landing. The banners are quite amazing, and really reflect the pride these young people have in our City."

The banners were created in partnership with the Thunder Bay Art Gallery's Arts Access program, a community arts initiative designed to increase public involvement with art. The youth artists worked with two Arts Access staff to create 17 unique designs based on the Waterfront Development Committee's Waterfront Vision: Year round, Connected, and Ours to Celebrate. A total of 35 banners will be displayed.

"The artists really captured the Vision of the Waterfront," said Councillor Mark Bentz, Chair - Waterfront Development Committee. "The finished products are stunning and will certainly make arriving at Prince Arthur's Landing much more colourful. These banners are just the beginning of many public art opportunities that will enrich Prince Arthur's Landing as a community gathering place."

The youth started with digital images of the waterfront area and created diverse and appealing banners featuring some of the area's favourite sights and activities.

The 17 designs were selected by the City's Public Art Committee from numerous submissions by the youth. The artwork on the banners includes images ranging from sailing and fireworks to some of the key buildings in the area. They represent a variety of styles and perspectives and will appeal to a wide audience. 

The Arts Access staff were assisted by Mark Nisenholt, Associate Professor of Visual Arts at Lakehead University, who conducted a Photoshop workshop for the youth. The project was also made possible by Kevin Element, Program Coordinator for Confederation College's Multimedia production program, who ensured that the youth were able to access the College's Mac lab to work on their designs.

The youth artists will be recognized for their contribution to the waterfront development during the Canada Day celebrations on July 1 at Marina Park. Everyone is encouraged to come see the banners on Canada Day and throughout the summer. 


Contact: Councillor Mark Bentz, Chair - Waterfront Development Committee, 577-8226
                Leah Bayly, Supervisor - Cultural Services, 625-2416