TARC Announces 2017 "Design-A-Bus" Contest

“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

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