St. Thomas ON, July 2019 - Railway City Tourism is excited to announce two great
steps forward for the promotion of the arts and the enhancement of public spaces
in St. Thomas.
Kicking off a St. Thomas-wide street art project are the boxcar murals. These boxcars
are located at the Elgin County Railway Museum, an iconic cultural institution within
St. Thomas. The boxcars are located outside the museum and will create a destination
beyond what already exists in the railyard.
Four artists with ties to the area will be painting their murals over the month
of August. Each mural is as unique as each artist and will highlight their personal
experience and relationship with St. Thomas. Artists Grayden Laing, Mediah, Jaclyn
White, and Laura Woermke will each bring to the boxcars a different flavour ranging
from abstract to whimsical, all celebrating unique aspects of St. Thomas.
Railway City Tourism is also excited to announce an innovative new partnership with
the STEAM Centre. Beginning this fall, the STEAM Centre will launch a new Street
Art Program in St. Thomas; an educational program aimed at teaching young artists
how to design and execute large-scale street art, including painted murals and digital
projections. The goal is to build, from the ground-up, a community of dynamic artists
who are passionate about transforming St. Thomas gradually into one of the true
'Street Art Capitals of Canada', using art as a way to inspire new visions of what
the community can be. As an added twist, the first cohort of students enrolled in
the Street Art Program at the STEAM Centre will have the opportunity to submit a
proposal for a mural to Railway City Tourism. One entry will be selected and the
winning artist will be paid a minimum of $2000 to create a new mural downtown!
"The STEAM Centre is thrilled to work with Railway City Tourism and Andrew Gunn
Consulting on this project to create a Street Art Program. We're excited to inspire
local youth to learn about street art and ultimately how art and technology can
intersect to create beautiful artistic installations in St. Thomas!" says STEAM
Centre Executive Director Jessica Gransaull.
Funding for the 'Street Art Academy' and additional murals in downtown St. Thomas
has been arranged in collaboration with Andrew Gunn Consulting and young & free
press, as well as the Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation and the St. Thomas Downtown
Development Board. "This is an inspiring collaboration," commented Andrew Gunn,
President of Andrew Gunn Consulting and Owner and Editor of young & free press.
"It is terrific to see Railway City Tourism working with community partners to renew
public spaces in the city, and to have the STEAM Centre launch an educational program
to teach young artists how to imagine and design exceptional street art. We are
excited to have the opportunity to support this new initiative and tell the story
along the way!"
Railway City Tourism
Railway City Tourism is the official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for
St. Thomas Ontario. We are a not-for-profit organization working under the umbrella
of the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation. We are dedicated to promoting
St. Thomas as a destination for tourists and locals providing information on places
to see and things to do.
The mission of STEAM Centre is to educate and empower learners to imagine and create
the future through play, ingenuity, and innovation using science, technology, engineering,
art, and math (STEAM). STEAM Centre delivers a comprehensive educational model focused
on developing the creativity and problem solving necessary to explore ideas and