Paint the Rails

Conversations on colonization, reclamation and reconciliation through art.

Paint the Rails (PTR), in collaboration with Edmonton Transit Service, is transforming public spaces through public art, community engagement and a celebration of local history.  

As a legacy project of Canada 150+, PTR is a commitment to bring to life the stories of Edmonton’s diverse cultural communities through art and education. The artwork is inspired by community; artists, elders, knowledge keepers, historians, members of Edmonton’s diverse cultural communities, and other stakeholders, together guiding the stories and inspiring the artwork.

Over the past two years, PTR has unveiled two murals, Returning Home (Churchill LRT) and The River (University LRT) [Follow links here] Both murals were inspired by participation of Indigenous elders, their teachings and community perspectives.

This Spring we plan to launch our third Mural at Kingsway Transit station!

The upcoming Kingsway mural will bring together the stories of three Edmonton faith communities; Temple Beth Ora (Jewish), Shiloh Baptist Church (Christian) and Al Rashid Mosque (Muslim). We were honoured to work with these communities and celebrate emerging stories that value justice, kindness and healing. The mural concept includes imagery that reflects the stories and themes shared by each community.

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Look out for our upcoming murals, and follow our facebook page for ways to get involved!

For more information contact info@jhcentre.org

MEET THE ARTISTS

Paint the Rails’ unique mentorship approach means that we are building skills, confidence and supports with established and emerging artists along the way. Meet our dedicated team!

Carla Rae Taylor

Co-Lead Artist

Carla Rae Taylor (formerly Gilday) was born in St. Albert AB and raised in Yellowknife NT. She is of both Dene and Irish/French heritage. Having spent much of her youth and young adulthood close to nature, she learned to listen deeply and be in touch with intuition and creativity. Both the natural world and the dream world have inspired the creations within the borders of her paintings.

Dana Belcourt

Mentored Artist

Dana Belcourt is an 19 year old Metis emerging artist who recently graduated from Victoria School of the Arts. Dana grew up in Edmonton on Treaty 6 territory, and uses this cultural influence to shape her work. Her work is based in acrylic paintings filled with deep symbolism revolving around growth and emotion, as well as multi-medium pieces with influences from her heritage and experiences. Dana is very excited to be apart of Paint The Rails, as she believes experience is an integral part of who people are, and what shapes a community. She hopes to include the stories of a community in murals everyone can relate to.

AJA Louden

Co-Lead Artist

AJA Louden (AJA sounds like 'Ajay', short for Adrian Joseph Alexander) is a artist based in Edmonton, Canada. Born to a family tree with roots split between Jamaica and Canada, Louden is a child of contrast. Bold and arresting freehand spray-painted portraits of figures from Jimi Hendrix and Richard Nixon to local heroes often alternate with hand-lettered designs and vibrant patterns borne of a background in graffiti. Louden looks to bring a multifaceted, collaborative, and multi-narrative approach to contemporary urban muralism.

“THE GOAL IS MAKING CITIES AND SPACES MORE INSPIRING, ENGAGING, INFORMED AND THOUGHTFUL THROUGH STRATEGIC AND COMPASSIONATE USE OF ART AND DESIGN. ” AJA Louden

Matthew Cardinal

Mentored Artist

Multidisciplinary artist Matthew Cardinal sees art as a home - a comfortable place to escape to, drift away in, and a place to release stress and tension. Originally from John D’Or prairie in Alberta, Cardinal’s jovial, optimistic demeanor can often be found in his poetry, drawings, paintings, and music.