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October 16, 2018

Turn a MetroBus Into Art in Motion at a Bus Painting on October 20

All ages are invited to add some color to the MetroBus fleet by helping paint works of art on a MetroBus at the 24:1 Arts Culturefest on Saturday, October 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pagedale Town Center (6763 Page Avenue). When completed, the Art in Motion 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.

              What: Metro Arts in Transit Bus Painting

              Where: Pagedale Town Center

6763 Page Ave. (southeast corner of Page & Ferguson)

When: Saturday, October 20  – 11 a.m. to 1 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 Beyond Housing and the Normandy Schools Collaborative,” said David Allen, Director of Metro Arts in Transit. “The bus painting is a fun and memorable way to engage children and adults and build community.”

The Arts in Transit Bus Painting is co-sponsored by Beyond Housing and the Normandy Schools Collaborative. Both organizations belong to the 24:1 Community, a name that represents the 24 municipalities in the Normandy Schools Collaborative with one vision for successful children, engaged families and strong communities. Additional event sponsors include Life Arts Inc., the Missouri Arts Council and the Regional Arts Commission.

“The 24:1 Arts Culturefest is a celebration of the artistic talent that exists in the 24:1 community,” said Debbie Chase, Chief Strategy Officer of Beyond Housing. “There will be live performances from Normandy school kids, soul singer Brian Owens and West African master drummer Caph Guei. There will be barbecue, hot dogs and many booths where local artists will display art work, including great books for kids.”

The design for the Art in Motion bus was created by local artist William Burton Jr., and includes images of community members, buildings, trees and text, highlighting a vibrant, colorful neighborhood.

David Allen and William Burton Jr. will be available for interviews on Saturday 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

About Metro Transit

Metro Transit operates the St. Louis region’s public transportation system which includes 400 clean-burning diesel buses that serve 83 MetroBus routes in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Metro also operates MetroLink light rail vehicles on 46 miles of track serving 38 stations in the two-state area, and operates Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro Transit is one of five enterprises operated by Bi-State Development.

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