Aspiring artists of all ages are invited to help add some color to the MetroBus fleet on Saturday, July 1, and celebrate farming, fresh food and one of the region’s favorite weekend traditions – the Ferguson Farmers’ Market.
As part of the Art in Motion program, Metro Arts in Transit has partnered with EarthDance farms and the Ferguson Farmers’ Market to allow children, families and festival-goers an opportunity to express their creativity and paint two murals on a MetroBus at the Ferguson Independence Day Festival at January-Wabash Park. The murals were designed by artist Crystal Stevens of EarthDance farms, and include images of fields, fruits and vegetables, to highlight the benefits of farming and the importance of ensuring everyone has access to farm-fresh produce.
The Art in Motion bus painting begins at noon on July 1 in January-Wabash Park near the corner of January Avenue and North Florissant Road. The event is free and open to the public. Once completed, the bus will join the Art in Motion Bus Fleet, and the murals will be on display for one year as the bus travels along various routes throughout the St. Louis region.
“It’s very fitting that on this Independence Day weekend, we will be painting a bus that celebrates farming, one of the cornerstones of our country, and the incredible benefits we receive from it,” said David Allen, Director of Metro Arts in Transit. “The Art in Motion bus is a beautiful and colorful way to share these ideas with communities throughout the area.”
Artist Crystal Stevens and David Allen will be available for interviews on Saturday at the bus painting. Media should contact Communications Manager Jerry Vallely 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; approximately 400 vehicle MetroBus fleet that operates on 80 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, the Bi-State Development Research Institute, the Gateway Arch Riverboats, and operates the Gateway Arch Trams and Revenue Collections Center. BSD also operates the St. Louis Regional Freightway.