Is it a “Canvas” trip or a “Canvass” trip?

About 150 leaders from Baton Rouge and New Orleans are touring Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona this week as part of the BRAC and GNO Inc. organized trip. The purpose of the trips are to allow leaders to learn about successful policies and practices working in other cities, inspiring them to explore similar solutions in their home cities.

The leadership trip is dubbed the “2015 Super Region Canvas Trip” — emphasis on the single “s” on canvas.

The definition of canvas:

– a strong, rough cloth that is used to make bags, tents, sails, etc.

– a specially prepared piece of cloth on which a picture can be painted by an artist

– a painting made on a piece of cloth

But, the definition of canvass — emphasis on the two “s,”:

- to examine in detail; specifically : to examine (votes) officially for authenticity
- to go through (a district) or go to (persons) in order to solicit orders or political support or to determine opinions or sentiments
John Paul Funes, the Baton Rouge chairman for the 2015 Canvas Trip, said the question has come up previously. But the group intentionally used the more counter-intuitive version of the word because they are likening themselves to a “blank painters’ canvas.”
The idea, he said, is that leaders are coming to other cities as clean slates to learn about other cities.