Art + Transit

Art + Transit aims to bring more artistic vibrancy to the daily commute and enliven unsuspecting spaces. Since 2018, Art + Transit has been commissioning Triangle-based artists to create art for many bus shelters around Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Art + Transit is possible by a collaboration with Chapel Hill Transit to bring public art into more public spaces.

Art Buses

Bold colors. Prominent graphics. Inspiring words. Keep your eyes out for art on wheels!

Rise Above Racial Injustices

By Debi Drew and NAACP Youth Council members Kennedy Lytle, Sol Ramirez, and Anthony Swann

ARTIST STATEMENT

Working with NAACP youth for a bus wrap design against racial injustice was a wonderful opportunity.

The timing was ideal for these youth to have their voices heard as they witnessed in the media (and maybe in person) the constant reminders of negative racist views and acts of hatred against black people and other people of color which filled media reports across the nation.  My goal was to provide a comfortable space for them to be heard and be motivated to create visual art productions inspired by our discussions in workshop planning sessions.

Self Concept, Racist Viewpoints and Unity in Diversity were the themes in our workshops. A work of art created by each of the youth is displayed on their apparel of their images on the bus. Important and meaningful statements they communicated encircle their images, as well.  The design that fills the background of the bus is symbolic of an African mud cloth design.  The diversity of the artwork and size of the youth images of the youth artists, Kennedy Lytle, Sol Ramirez and Anthony Swann help spotlight their young voices and I am so proud that they contributed such sound advice against racial injustice.

This project was made possible through partnership with Orange County Arts Commission and and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Orgullo Latino/LatinX Pride

By Georges Le Chevallier

ARTIST STATEMENT

As a Latinx Artist, I believe that is extremely important to represent Latinx people in a positive image. Even though the majority of Latinx immigrants are extremely honest and hard-working people, that is not how they are seen by many people. Being born from a Puerto Rican Mother and having lived most of my childhood in Puerto Rico, I can personally understand the great pride we have towards the many Hispanic people making a constructive impact on our society. Today thousands of Hispanics now call the Traingle their home.
Celebrating the great moment that Hispanic culture is having here in North Carolina, I am proposing to create the “Orgullo Latino / Latinx Pride” Bus for Chapel Hill Transit.

In “Orgullo Latino / Latinx Pride” Bus I juxtapose visual patterns of colors with Spanish words that characterize Latinx people living at the beginning of this new millennium. Nothing divides people more than language, so my aim is to bring people together by showing them Spanish and English words coexisting together.The “Orgullo Latino / Latinx Pride” Bus also pays tribute to the many colorful buses in Latin America, from Chiva Buses in the Andean region of South America to the famous “Chicken Buses” in Central American countries like Guatemala.

Civil Rights Shelters

The Town of Chapel Hill observed the sixtieth anniversary of the Colonial Drug Store sit-in with bus shelter designs and a permanent historical marker honoring the Chapel Hill Nine. The sit-in sparked a decade of direct-action civil rights demonstrations in Chapel Hill. These shelters feature dramatic photos by Jim Wallace of protesters on Franklin Street from the book Courage in the Moment.