ART 180 Takes the Bus
Local artists hold an important place in any community—and especially our beloved Richmond—and they deserve to be celebrated! In the past few years, the Richmond art community has grown exponentially, from the RVA Street Art Festival to the new Institute for Contemporary Art. We have a lot to be proud of, and much gratitude goes to our local artists for making Richmond such an alive and engaging city. Through murals that uplift neighborhoods and installations that prompt people to think, local artists help create a more vibrant and meaningful place for us to call home.
As we honor our 20th anniversary this year, we’re also honoring the super talented and abundantly generous artists who work with young people through ART 180 programs. Through a partnership with GRTC, we’re launching a summer-long, city-wide campaign to pay tribute to local artists. These compassionate and committed folks ensure that our goal to create change in the lives of young people through art is met. They design projects that let our youth express themselves, they provide guidance through mentoring, and they nurture our young people in finding—and using—their voice.
From June through September, with the help of GRTC, we’re giving 20 artists a platform to display their art on 160 buses throughout the city. These 20 are just a small sample of the hundreds who have designed and led programs for our young people over 20 years. They represent different points on our timeline as well as different art forms, reflecting the uniqueness and diversity of the projects they created for our youth. “ART 180 Takes the Bus” promotes the work of local artists and engages the community in celebrating ART 180’s 20 years of contributions to the creative development of young people.
These artists will be featured inside GRTC buses on channel card displays. Plus, all 20 works of art will be exhibited at our Atlas gallery in Jackson Ward in August, opening August 3 during First Fridays. The work will be for sale, and proceeds will be shared between the artists and ART 180—to keep these programs going for another 20 years!
Keep a look out for these 20 pieces of art traveling around the city. Who knows, you may be able to win a cool prize in our contest.
Here are the awesome local artists, among the many, that we’re celebrating:
S. Ross Browne