TARC Seeks Student Artists for Design-A-Bus contest

This year’s art theme is Brightside’s work for a clean, green, beautiful city

November 27, 2017


TARC and Brightside are partnering for the 19th annual Design-a-Bus contest.  The winning artwork by schoolchildren will be featured on a bus that will travel in the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade on Thurs., May 3, 2018 and on TARC routes throughout the metropolitan region following Derby festivities.


This year, students are being asked to submit artwork focusing on key Brightside initiatives including daffodil and other plantings in public spaces, volunteer community  clean-ups,  litter abatement, and making Louisville overall a more clean, green city.


"Engaging students and having Brightside the focus of the design-a-bus contest is a wonderful way to draw attention to the value of a clean, beautiful environment,” said Gina O’Brien, executive director of Brightside.  “We’re a volunteer driven organization that relies on donations to make a difference, and we are eager to see student artwork about the wonderful and beautiful things Brightside is doing to improve our city’s quality of life.”

Brightside, founded in 1986, is a 501 (c)3 public/private partnership. Louisville Metro covers a portion of administrative expenses, with all programs run entirely on privately donated funds.  Thousands of volunteers have picked up tons of trash in Brightside community clean-ups every fall and spring.  Once unsightly street corners and right-of-way properties are now beautifully landscaped and maintained thanks to Brightside.  Through Brightside’s education outreach, schoolchildren are learning about environmental stewardship and a Brightside litter abatement program has broadcast the message “Litter is Lame” on posters throughout the Louisville metropolitan area.


“Brightside does so much for the community and so much of what they do makes our city beautiful, so we are eager to see beautiful, inspiring art in this year’s contest,” said J. Barry Barker, executive director of TARC.


Design-a-Bus Contest Entry Information
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 ride on the bus featuring the winning artwork in the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade.

Art for the contest should highlight one or more of the benefits of Brightside initiatives.


Students are encouraged to visit Brightside’s website, https://louisvilleky.gov/government/brightside/about-brightside, and follow Brightside on Facebook to learn more and to get ideas for their artwork.


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, Mar. 2, 2018.


All artwork submitted becomes the property of TARC.


Entry forms must be attached to hard or digital copies. Click here for entry form 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 emailed. Paper entries should be sent to TARC, c/o Marketing Department., 1000 W. Broadway, Louisville, Ky. 40203

More information:

Design-A-Bus Contest Website