In recent years, the Transcona Business Improvement Zone, with the support of the Transcona business community, has been hosting an annual Festival of Banners student art contest.
The theme for this year’s contest is Transcona Memories/the 50th anniversary of the Hi Neighbour Festival.
With the encouragement of River East Transcona School Division art teachers, a large number of Transcona students submitted artwork. Submissions will be judged by a select group of respected Transcona residents.
Ultimately, 42 submissions will be chosen to adorn the area in and around Old Downtown Transcona. Others will be featured in pop-up art exhibits displayed, in part, at the Winnipeg Public Library - Transcona Branch.
The winning entries are made into large banners just prior to the end of the school year, in the art room at Murdoch McKay Collegiate.
When the 2013-14 banners come down, the students who created them will get their impressive creations back to keep.
The 2014-15 banners will be put up just in time for the Hi Neighbour Festival.
"The Transcona BIZ Festival of Banners is one of our most popular initiatives," says Wendy Galagan, executive director of the Transcona BIZ. "It’s an excellent way for the business community to engage Transcona youth and to encourage young artists. The resulting public art beautifies the BIZ zone and is greatly enjoyed by Transcona residents."
This year’s Hi Neighbour Festival runs June 6-8, and the Transcona BIZ will award certificates of achievement and monetary prizes to the students/artists who created the Top 3 banner designs in each age categories.
If you would like more information about the upcoming Hi Neighbour Festival visit www.transconahineighbourfestival.com.
Something else worth mentioning is the Hi Neighbour Salutes Good Neighbours contest.
Do you have a good neighbour? Nominate an outstanding resident of Transcona who deserves acknowledgement. Prizes will be awarded for the Top 5 winners.
See the Hi Neighbour Festival website for rules and to find the application form — deadline is May 21.
Darlene Litchie is a community correspondent for Transcona.