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June 18, 2015

Celebrate Green Living and Paint Eco-Murals on a MetroBus at the 2015 Green Homes Festival on Saturday

Participants of all ages are invited to help paint two specially designed eco-murals on a MetroBus at the 2015 Green Homes Festival in Faust Park. From noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, children and adults will transform a MetroBus into a rolling work of art that will travel on routes in St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis over the next year. The Arts in Transit Bus painting is sponsored by the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the presenting sponsor of the festival is Ameren Missouri.

                 What:         Metro Arts in Transit Bus Painting


                 Where:       2015 Green Homes Festival

                                    Faust Park (in parking lot between the Butterfly House and St. Louis Carousel)

                                    15193 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO 63017


                 When:        Saturday, June 20 – 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.


                 Cost:          Free and open to participants of all ages

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden and bring this interactive, family-friendly activity back to the Green Homes Festival yet again,” said David Allen, Director of Metro Arts in Transit. “The bus painting is a wonderful way to engage children and let them have a lot of fun, while at the same time reinforcing the important themes and messages of the festival.”

The two eco-murals were designed by local artists William Burton and Robert Ketchens, and include bright colors and visual elements that highlight energy efficiency, sustainability and the beauty of the environment. Burton and Ketchens are well known for their vibrant murals and artwork, and for their commitment to the ongoing development of Old North St. Louis where their studio, Atelier D’Artiste 14, is located.

“On behalf of Missouri Botanical Garden, we’re so pleased to have the Metro Arts in Transit Bus painting as part of the Festival again this year,” said Glenda Abney, Director of EarthWays Center for Missouri Botanical Garden. “It’s always so great to see the buses out in the community advancing the sustainable messages. We love working with Ameren MO this year as sponsor of this bus, and the two artists, William and Robert, who do amazing work. This bus will be beautiful and will showcase a great energy efficiency message – look for it in the coming weeks out on the roads!”

David Allen, William Burton and Robert Ketchens will be available for interviews on Saturday at the Metro Arts in Transit Bus painting. Members of the media can c

ontact Jerry Vallely, External Communications Manager, at 314-486-5553 for more information.

About Bi-State Development Agency

The Bi-State Development Agency (BSDA) is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 379 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 77 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call‑A‑Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. BSDA also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park, and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center and Gateway Arch Transportation System. The region’s new freight district also will be operated by BSDA.

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