All ages are invited to add their creativity and artistic talent to the Metro transit fleet by helping paint beautiful works of art on a MetroBus at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park this Sunday, August 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Families, art enthusiasts and transit riders will help turn a MetroBus into a masterpiece on wheels. When completed, the Art Bus will go into regular service and travel along a variety of MetroBus routes in St. Louis City and St. Louis County for one year. This Arts in Transit Bus Painting is sponsored by the Saint Louis Art Museum and is part of their Family Sunday: Art on the Go program.
What: Metro Arts in Transit Bus Painting
Where: Saint Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive in Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63110
When: Sunday, August 21 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to all ages
“When it comes to promoting creativity and appreciation and love of art, you cannot find a better partner than the Saint Louis Art Museum,” said David Allen, Director of Metro Arts in Transit. “The bus painting is a fun and memorable way to engage children and adults, and show off some of the amazing work the Museum has to offer.”
The design for the Art Bus combines bright colors with work that is currently featured in the Saint Louis Art Museum’s galleries. Participants will have the opportunity to paint several famous and renowned pieces of art onto the MetroBus.
“This is a great activity for the kids who visit the Museum,” said Sherri Williams, Associate Educator for Youth and Family Learning. “They have the opportunity to meet the artists, foster their creativity, and then see the results of their work as the bus travels around the region.”
The design for the Art Bus was created by local artists William Burton and Robert Ketchens. Burton and Ketchens are well known for their vibrant murals and artwork, and for their commitment to developing and promoting a thriving St Louis art scene.
David Allen, Sherri Williams, William Burton and Robert Ketchens will be available for interviews on Sunday at the Metro Arts in Transit Bus painting. Members of the media can contact Jerry Vallely, External Communications Manager, at 314-486-5553 for more information.
Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 399 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 78 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD), which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center and Gateway Arch trams. BSD also operates the Bi-State Development Research Institute and the St. Louis Regional Freightway.