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Show your love for public transportation: Enter Miami-Dade County and The New Tropic's Transit Loves the Arts contest

MIAMI (September 06, 2016)

The sides of buses are often seen as a moving billboard for advertisements and the like. But what about taking some of that space and transforming it into a place for works of art? What about if we bring some of the art into the community?

Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) and The New Tropic announce the Transit Loves the Arts contest. Local artists are encouraged to apply by submitting original works that have the potential to end up on one of Miami-Dade County’s Metrobuses.

“Some of our Metrorail and Metromover stations already play host to plenty of works of art,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “So taking the art off the walls and onto our moving buses will be an extra treat for everyone who sees these buses.”

The contest is part of partnership between DTPW and The New Tropic announced in July of this year.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the creative ways in which our artistic riders and residents interpret transit in Miami-Dade County,” said DTPW Director, Alice N. Bravo, P.E. “Ideally, applicants will submit work that will look great in motion and on the road.”

“We’re excited about this creative way to promote transit and improve mobility in Miami-Dade County while at the same time benefiting our community with this sort of moving museum using our Metrobuses and the help of our friends at The New Tropic,” added Bravo.

Artists can submit their designs online via thenewtropic.com/tranist-loves-arts from now until Monday, September 19, at 5 p.m. EST. Three winners will be selected by a panel of judges and will receive a cash prize of $500 from The New Tropic, as well as have their winning design printed and wrapped around an entire Metrobus. Select runners up will receive a $100 cash prize as well as have their artwork published on a bus back.

“We see a big opportunity to bring local art into the transit experience, and use those spaces as new canvasses for expression and conversation,” said Chris Sopher, CEO and co-founder of WhereBy.Us. “This contest is a first step towards doing just that, and we’re delighted to host it.”

Winners will be revealed at the Sounds From the Underground event on Thursday, September 29. Details for this secret event, co-hosted by the Prism Creative Group, will be revealed via our Miami-Dade Transit Tracker app. Visit bit.ly/SoundsFromTheUnderground_MDT for more information.