April 13, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KIDS PAINT THE TOWN RED…AND GREEN AND BLUE DURING ANNUAL ART TOUR
WINNIPEG, MB—School children are adding a splash of colour to downtown with the launch of the 18th annual Young Artists on the Avenue exhibition at noon on Wednesday, April 14 at the IMAX Theatre and Globe Cinema, 3rd Floor, Portage Place. The display runs until June 6 showcasing artwork from 25 different schools at 26 locations.
Students will take part in a Downtown Art & Architecture Tour prior to lunch at Portage Place. The one-hour tours start at the Legislative Building at 11am, ending at the IMAX and Globe Cinemas. Tour highlights include the Law Courts Building, Vaughan Street Jail, Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Bay Downtown.
“Young Artists on the Avenue puts student artwork in downtown windows, but we also wanted students to see more of downtown this year. What better way than through a tour made just for them?” says Stefano Grande, Downtown BIZ executive director. “There is such a rich history and density of art and architecture in our downtown. Young people should be aware of this.”
New this year, students are invited to participate in a downtown essay contest for the chance to be published and win a brand new iPod. Open to all students grade K-12.
The urban art gallery includes hundreds of pieces of artwork by Manitoba students from kindergarten to Grade 12 from 25 schools.
11:00am Art & Architecture Tour for Students at the Legislative Building
12:00 Noon Student pizza lunch at IMAX Theatre and Globe Cinema, 3rd Floor, Portage Place
12:45pm Presentation to students and teachers
1:00pm IMAX film: Under the Sea 3D
Globe film: Collection of short films from the National Screen Institute
Over 250 students and teachers will kick-off the art exhibit at Portage Place with lunch and a movie. Students’ artwork will adorn downtown windows, lobbies and storefronts until June 6. Locations are mainly along Portage Avenue from Spence to Main streets and can be seen from the street or in the indoor walkway system. Site locations include Investors Group’s foyer, Portage Place, Millennium Library and Staples, as well as the IMAX Theatre, Scotia Bank and the Portage & Main Concourse.
“This program gives students a chance to be part of our downtown. It’s a great way for kids to showcase their artistic talents. And downtown office workers and residents love seeing the creative displays as they walk down Portage Avenue,” says Grande.
Young Artists on the Avenue, one of the Downtown BIZ’s longest running programs, helps to increase public awareness of Manitoba’s artistic talent and to beautify our downtown streets.
A map of all displays is available by calling the Downtown BIZ at 958-4640 or visiting www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com.
Thanks to YATA sponsors: Investors Group, HOT 103, Manitoba Association for Art Education, Portage Place, National Screen Institute, Globe Cinema and IMAX Theatre.
For more information, please contact:
Nisha Tuli, Manager, Communications & Marketing
Ph: (204) 958-4626 Cell: 232-9489 email@example.com