Roanoke, VA - The Roanoke Arts Commission, Ride Solutions and the Greater Roanoke Transit Company are once again partnering to present Art by Bus in the spring of 2016.
As part of the project, a writer or writers will be issued a one-month bus pass and paid an honorarium of up to $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. The work may also be multimedia and include art, music, or photography. The work will be published on the participating organizations websites and other venues as possible. If appropriate, an exhibition of the work will be displayed at a downtown location.
Individuals or groups may submit applications and other materials online at http://roanokeva.gov/artsandculture under “Current Calls to Artists.” Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2015. The selected writer or writers will be notified by Jan. 8, 2016. The residency will take place in March or April of next year.
Melanie Almeder was chosen earlier this year as the first writer. You can view her work at http://www.ridesolutions/artbybus.
A selection 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.
Also in the spring, up to four Valley Metro buses will display artwork selected from the City of Roanoke's Regional Public Art Collection.
The goals of the project are to publicize the many works of regional art in the city’s collection, and draw attention to the important role public transportation plays in connecting neighborhoods and communities.
For more information, contact Roanoke Arts and Culture Coordinator, Susan Jennings, at 853-5652 or [email protected].