Writer on the Bus

Writers Sought for Public Art Project – Deadline December 17, 2018

The City of Roanoke Arts Commission, Ride Solutions and the Greater Roanoke Transit Authority are partnering to once again present a unique public art project in spring 2018.  Up to four Valley Metro buses will display artworks selected from the City of Roanoke’s Regional Public Art Collection during the months of March and April.

Additionally, a writer or writers will be provided a bus pass and paid an honorarium of $1,000 to create a unique work of literature while riding different bus routes. The work may be any genre including short stories, poetry, essays, plays, etc. and may also be multimedia and include art, music or photography. The work will be published on the participating organizations web sites and other venues as possible. 

The goals of the project are to publicize the many works of regional art in the city collection and draw attention to the important role public transportation plays in connecting our neighborhoods and communities.  In addition to encouraging ridership, Valley Metro will help bring these works of arts into all of Roanoke’s neighborhoods.

Individuals or groups may submit an application by submitting an entry form, a writing sample, resume and references. A panel made up of representatives from the sponsoring organizations and community members will review the applications and select the writer or writers from the applicants. The panel seeks to have content that is original, family friendly, creative and constructive.

For information on the 2019 Writer on the Bus visit ridesolutions.org/artbybus.

Timeline: Applications due by 5 PM on December 17, 2018

Selected writer notified no later than January 19, 2019

Project onset March 1, 2019

Deliverables finalized by May 30, 2019

Application is attached and may also be downloaded at www.roanokeva.gov/artsandculture

Writer on the Bus 2019 Application Form