Writers Sought for Public Transit Art Project

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Writers Sought for Public Transit Art Project

The Roanoke Arts Commission, Ride Solutions and the Greater Roanoke Transit Authority are partnering to present a unique public art project in the spring of 2015.

valley_metro_busAs 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 prominent downtown

Individuals or groups may submit an application by submitting an entry form, a writing sample, resume and references. 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.

Applications can be downloaded at www.roanokeva.gov/artsandculture.  Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2015. The selected writer or writers will be notified by Jan. 23.

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 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.

For more information, contact Roanoke Arts and Culture Coordinator, Susan Jennings, at 853-5652 or susan.jennings@Roanokeva.gov.

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