Creative Action & Community Leaders Choose Four Public Schools for CapMetro’s Art on the Bus
AUSTIN, Texas (December 16, 2021) - For the second year, CapMetro is partnering with Creative Action for “Art on the Bus,” an art contest with elementary schools where the winning schools’ students will have their artwork showcased on a CapMetro vehicle.
Creative Action and community leaders chose the following four schools to participate in this year’s contest:
- C C Mason Elementary School, Leander ISD
- Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School, Manor ISD
- Del Valle Elementary School, Del Valle ISD
- Norman-Sims Elementary School, Austin ISD
This project is part of a larger partnership dedicated to harnessing the power of educating via the arts to teach young people about the environmental benefits of public transportation, specifically zero-emissions buses.
“I am so excited and proud that our C C Mason Mustangs are a part of this CapMetro collaboration,” said C C Mason Visual Art teacher Tracey Day. “To have their art on a city bus is an extreme opportunity that they will never forget and will in time affect our community.”
All four campuses will receive a six-month partnership with Creative Action that includes an in-school residency collaboration, arts-integrated curriculum, art contest between 3rd-5th graders and $1000 stipend for art supplies. The winning art will be displayed on four CapMetro vehicles.
“Del Valle Elementary is excited and grateful for the opportunity to partner with CapMetro and Creative Action on the Art on the Bus program,” said Del Valle Art Teacher Angela Rodgers. “This will be a great opportunity for our students to enhance their creative skills, interact with the art world and connect with the community. We can’t wait to see what they create!”
Once the student art is selected, it will be made into a mural and incorporated into a vehicle wrap for two electric buses and two Pickup vehicles. The vehicle wraps will be unveiled to the public in Spring 2022. CapMetro is dedicated to a sustainable future powered by a zero-emissions fleet, which is an important component of Project Connect. The transit agency took another step in fulfilling that commitment by approving the nation’s largest electric vehicle procurement in September 2021 with the purchase of almost 200 new electric buses.
To learn more about Art on the Bus, visit CreativeAction.org/ArtBus. And see CapMetro’s first electric, zero-emissions bus wrapped in artwork by students from Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary Media & Performing Arts Institute in 2020.
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