Design-a-Bus Contest

18th Annual Kids Design-a-Bus Contest

Trees Bus 1

“TreesLouisville” is the theme to highlight tree canopy need

TARC and TreesLouisville, Inc. are partnering this year for the 18th annual Design-a-Bus contest, featuring artwork by schoolchildren throughout Louisville and Southern Indiana.

This year’s artwork will highlight the theme “Trees Louisville” to draw attention to the  need to plant trees for a more livable and healthy community now and for future generations.

"TreesLouisville is thrilled to partner with TARC on the Design-A-Bus Contest,” said Cindi Sullivan, Director of TreesLouisville, a non-profit that advocates, educates and leads efforts to expand Louisville’s tree canopy. “This is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of the value of trees as an integral part of our community infrastructure. We hope the students have fun, learn something new, and develop a deeper appreciation of our community forest."

The Design-a-Bus contest is open to all elementary and middle school students in Jefferson, Oldham and Bullitt counties in Kentucky and Floyd and Clark counties in Southern Indiana. Twelve winners will be chosen to have their posters displayed on a TARC bus, and winners and their adult guests will be invited to participate in the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade on Thursday, May 4, 2017 celebrating their victory. Artwork becomes the property of TARC.

Art for the contest could underscore the many benefits of trees.  They create stronger, more positive communities with safer streets, less crime and more successful business districts.  Trees also lead to improved health and air quality.  They absorb storm water, prevent erosion, provide wildlife habitat, moderate temperatures, provide energy savings, and reduce noise levels.

For further inspiration, students are encouraged to visit https://treeslouisville.org/ or ridetarc.org

In the past, the Design-a-Bus competition has focused on bicycle safety, the history of public transportation in Louisville, educational attainment, and creating a more compassionate city. Last year’s theme “Look Alive Louisville,” focused on promoting vehicle/pedestrian, bicycle and street safety.

Entries should be in marker, crayon or paint and submitted on 11-by-17 white paper, or digitally through a JPEG or PDF file. Entries will be judged on visual appeal, creativity, originality and message. All artwork is to be produced by the student only. This year's entry deadline is Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.

Entry forms must be attached to hard or digital copies. For copies of entry forms, click here or e-mail Russell Goodwin rgoodwin@ridetarc.org or Jessica Holman at jholman@ridetarc.org. Digital copies of entries with forms attached can also be sent to Russell and Jessica. Paper entries should be sent to TARC, c/o Marketing Department., 1000 W. Broadway, Louisville, Ky. 40203

More information:

http://www.ridetarc.org
https://treeslouisville.org/


2016

Look Alive Louisville

17th Annual Kids Design-a-Bus Contest

TARC and Louisville Metro’s Department of Public Works and Assets are partnering this year for the 17th annual Design-a-Bus contest, featuring artwork by schoolchildren throughout the Louisville area. This year’s theme is “Look Alive Louisville,” based on the commitment by both organizations to help promote vehicle/pedestrian, bicycle and street safety.

Design criteria and resources

The Design-a-Bus contest is open to all elementary and middle school students in Jefferson, Oldham, and Bullitt counties in Kentucky and Floyd and Clark counties in southern Indiana. Twelve winners will have their posters displayed on a TARC bus, and winners and their guardians will be invited to ride the bus in next year’s Kentucky Derby Festival Republic Bank Pegasus Parade on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Artwork becomes the property of TARC.

Entry Guidelines

  • Use 11 by 17' paper (white works best) and bold colors to express artistic viewpoint
  • Be sure to include all contact information and attach entry form to the back of the entry (stapling works)
  • All artwork is to be produced by the student only
  • Click here for the entry form

Digital Copies: Entries may also be scanned in and delivered in a JPEG or PDF format and sent as an attachment to Russell Goodwin at rgoodwin@ridetarc.org or Jessica Holman at jholman@ridetarc.org. Please send by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016.

Entries must be postmarked no later than March 4, 2016

For more information contact Russell Goodwin at 561-5115, rgoodwin@ridetarc.org; or Jessica Holman at 561-5113, jholman@ridetarc.org.

2015

Metro Parks and Recreation

16th Annual Kids Design-a-Bus Contest

TARC and Metro Parks and Recreation are partnering for the 16th Annual Kids Design-a-Bus contest. This year’s theme is “Metro Parks and Recreation and TARC - A Natural Connection.”

Design criteria and resources

The Design-a-Bus contest is open to all elementary and middle school students in Jefferson, Oldham, and Bullitt counties in Kentucky and Floyd and Clark counties in southern Indiana. Twelve winners will have their posters displayed on a TARC bus, and winners and their guardians will be invited to ride the bus in next year’s Kentucky Derby Festival Republic Bank Pegasus Parade on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Artwork becomes the property of TARC.

Entry Guidelines

  • Use 11 by 17' paper (white works best) and bold colors to express artistic viewpoint
  • Be sure to include all contact information and attach entry form to the back of the entry (stapling works)
  • All artwork is to be produced by the student only
  • Here is the entry form

Digital Copies:

Entries may also be scanned in and delivered in a JPEG or PDF format and sent as an attachment to Jon Reiter at jreiter@ridetarc.org or Jessica Holman at jholman@ridetarc.org. Please send by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015.

*NEW* Deadline is now Friday, March 6.

For more information contact Jon Reiter at 561-5115, jreiter@ridetarc.org; or Jessica Holman at 561-5113, jholman@ridetarc.org.

2014

Destination: Degree

15th Annual Kids Design-a-Bus Contest

TARC and 55,000 Degrees are partnering for the 15th Annual Kids Design-a-Bus contest. This year’s theme is “Destination Degree - The Path To Success.”

Design criteria and resources

The Design-a-Bus contest is open to all elementary and middle school students in Jefferson, Oldham, and Bullitt counties in Kentucky and Floyd and Clark counties in southern Indiana. Twelve winners will have their posters displayed on a TARC bus, and winners and their guardians will be invited to ride the bus in next year’s Kentucky Derby Festival Republic Bank Pegasus Parade on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Artwork becomes the property of TARC. Some potential artwork ideas include students reading, drreaming about the career they will pursue, working on a science project, receiving a diploma or achieving other milestones along the way to a college degree.

Entry Guidelines

  • Use 11 by 17' paper (white works best) and bold colors to express artistic viewpoint
  • Be sure to include all contact information and attach entry form to the back of the entry (stapling works)
  • All artwork is to be produced by the student only
  • Here is the entry form

Digital Copies: Entries may also be scanned in and delivered in a JPEG or PDF format and sent as an attachment to Jon Reiter at jreiter@ridetarc.org or Jessica Holman at jholman@ridetarc.org. Please send by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014.

Entries must be postmarked no later than February 28, 2014

For more information contact Jon Reiter at 561-5115, jreiter@ridetarc.org; or Jessica Holman at 561-5113, jholman@ridetarc.org.

Some websites you can visit for ideas:
55,000 Degrees
http://www.55000degrees.org

KHEAA
http://www.kheaa.com

TARC
www.ridetarc.org

Digital Copies:
Entries may also be scanned in and delivered in a JPEG or PDF format and sent as an attachment to Jon Reiter at jreiter@ridetarc.org or Jessica Holman at jholman@ridetarc.org. Please send by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014.

Entries must be postmarked no later than February 28, 2014
For more information contact Jon Reiter at 561-5115, jreiter@ridetarc.org; or Jessica Holman at 561-5113, jholman@ridetarc.org.

2013

I Care about the Air

14th Annual Kids Design-a-Bus Contest

TARC and KAIRE are partnering for the 14th Annual Kids Design-a-Bus contest. This year’s theme is “I Care about the Air.”

Design criteria and resources

The Design-a-Bus contest is open to all elementary and middle school students in Jefferson, Oldham, and Bullitt counties in Kentucky and Floyd and Clark counties in southern Indiana. Twelve winners will have their posters displayed on a TARC bus, and winners and their guardians will be invited to ride the bus in next year’s Kentucky Derby Festival Republic Bank Pegasus Parade on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Artwork becomes the property of TARC. Some potential artwork ideas include planting a tree, riding a bike, remembering to turn out the lights before leaving the house, and reminding parents or older siblings not to leave their vehicles idling for too long. For further inspiration, students are encouraged to visit www.helptheair.org and other websites relating to clean air. Design-a-Bus is great as a class project and we encourage teachers and administrators to get in touch with us for ideas or suggestions.

Entry guidelines:

  • 2013 Entry form
  • 11 x 17: or similar white paper and bright colors work best
  • Be sure to include complete contact information (Name, Grade/School, Teacher and Parent names and E-mail and Home Addresses) on the entry form to the back of each entry.
  • All artwork is to be produced by the student only.

Some websites you can visit for ideas:

TARC and the Environment
www.ridetarc.org/tarc-and-save/environmental/
KAIRE’s Idle Free Toolkit
helptheair.org/idle-free-school

EPA – Smog – Who Does It Hurt?
www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=smog.page1#10

KAIRE Health Information
helptheair.org/health-info
Louisville Air Pollution Control
www.louisvilleky.gov/APCD/

Air Pollution, What’s The Solution
www.ciese.org/curriculum/airproj/

Digital Copies:

Entries may also be scanned in and delivered in a JPEG or PDF format and sent as an attachment to Jon Reiter at jreiter@ridetarc.org or Jessica Holman at jholman@ridetarc.org. Please send by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2013.


Entries must be postmarked no later than March 8, 2013

For more information contact Jon Reiter at 561-5115, jreiter@ridetarc.org; or Jessica Holman at 561-5113, jholman@ridetarc.org.

2012

Helping Others Compassionate Louisville

TARC and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer partnered for the 13th Annual Kids Design-a-Bus contest. This year's theme was "Helping Others - Creating a Compassionate City" and sought to build off the "Compassionate Louisville" initiative recently embarked upon by Mayor Fischer and Louisville Metro Government.
The annual contest encourages students in Louisville and southern Indiana to create posters illustrating a particular theme. We selected 13 winners, and the winning participants artwork is displayed as a collage outside of the 2011 Kids Salute TARC bus. This bus travels on routes throughout the Louisville metro area and will be a part of TARC’s Youth Education programs.

Call for entries

Bus Replica

Artwork

Group photo

Presentation

School Certificates