Transform a Bus Into a Rolling Work of Art on July 1

Want to kick off your Fourth of July festivities a little early? We’ve got an excellent event for you, perfect for all ages. Join us on Saturday (July 1) and help paint a MetroBus at January-Wabash Park during the Ferguson Independence Day Festival.

Metro Arts in Transit has partnered with EarthDance farms and the Ferguson Farmers’ Market for the Art in Motion bus painting. You’ll have the opportunity to paint two specially designed murals on to a MetroBus, which include images of farms, fields, fruits and vegetables, to celebrate farming and the importance of ensuring everyone has access to fresh produce.

Photos: View a photo slideshow from the bus painting event below.

he 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. We encourage everyone to arrive closer to noon to ensure you get a spot to paint.

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.

Ferguson Farmers’ Market Bus Painting

Help us Turn a MetroBus Into a Masterpiece

MetroBus Painting

Well-known artwork that’s currently featured in the Saint Louis Art Museum’s galleries will come alive — only this time on a 35-foot MetroBus.

All ages are invited to add their creativity and artistic talent to the Metro transit fleet this Sunday, August 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park. You’ll be able to transform a MetroBus into a masterpiece on wheels by painting several famous and renowned works of art (which are currently on display at the Museum) onto the bus.

When completed, the painted bus will go into regular service and travel along a variety of MetroBus routes in St. Louis City and St. Louis County for one year.

This Arts in Transit Bus Painting is sponsored by the Saint Louis Art Museum and is part of their Family Sunday: Art on the Go program.

“When it comes to promoting creativity and appreciation and love of art, you cannot find a better partner than the Saint Louis Art Museum,” said David Allen, Director of Metro Arts in Transit. “The bus painting is a fun and memorable way to engage children and adults, and show off some of the amazing work the Museum has to offer.”

The design for the Art Bus was created by local artists William Burton and Robert Ketchens. Burton and Ketchens are well known for their vibrant murals and artwork, and for their commitment to developing and promoting a thriving St Louis art scene.

“This is a great activity for the kids who visit the Museum,” said Sherri Williams, Associate Educator for Youth and Family Learning. “They have the opportunity to meet the artists, foster their creativity, and then see the results of their work as the bus travels around the region.”