TARC seeks students for annual Design-a-Bus contest

November 10, 2022

In partnership with the Louisville Free Public Library, this year’s art theme is
“Every Journey, a Story.”

TARC is celebrating its 23rd annual Design-a-Bus contest with a focus on stories from the students in our community, in partnership with the Louisville Free Public Library.

Local students are invited to submit artwork focused on the theme, “Every Journey, a Story.” Student artists are encouraged to think about a personal journey from their lives that resulted in learning something new, or expanding the breadth of their knowledge about the world, then create an illustration reflecting that as a story.

“This partnership is a great opportunity to engage local youth in an entertaining and educational art experience, and use their artwork to highlight the importance of storytelling, self-expression, and lifelong learning. The Louisville Free Public Library is excited to be part of this innovative program,” said Library Director Lee Burchfield.

“This contest brings out a lot of creativity and excitement every year,” said Carrie Butler, Executive Director of TARC. “We’re happy to grow our partnership with the Louisville Free Public Library, share submissions from every neighborhood in the community, and highlight the importance of providing access to knowledge and resources for the people we serve.

The winning submissions by students will be featured on a bus that will travel in the 2023 Pegasus Parade during the Kentucky Derby Festival and on TARC routes throughout the metro region following Derby festivities.

The Design-a-Bus contest is open to all elementary, middle, and high 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 artwork displayed on a TARC bus; winners and their adult guests will be invited to ride on the bus featuring the winning artwork in the 2023 Pegasus Parade.

Entries should be in marker, crayon, or paint on 11” by 17” white paper, or created digitally with the same dimensions, and submitted as a JPG 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, February 10, 2023.
Please submit artwork and complete the entry form here:
For questions or additional information email:

About the LFPL
The Louisville Free Public Library is the largest library system in Kentucky—comprised of 17 branch locations—serving more than three million visitors per year in-person and online at For more than a century LFPL has worked to provide the people of Metro Louisville with the broadest possible access to knowledge, ideas, and information and to support them in their pursuit of learning at all stages of life. Come on in, the whole world’s inside.

About TARC
TARC, the Transit Authority of River City, delivers transportation services to the Greater Louisville community. With nearly 50 years of safe, reliable, and accessible service in the region, TARC and our team of 700 employees and contractors connect residents and visitors to the region with a diverse fleet operating across 30 routes in Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana. Learn more at