to increase the visibility and awareness of public transportation in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Bay Foundation for Architecture & Design (TBFAD) teamed up with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) to develop a unique creative placemaking initiative. With the assistance of such community partners as the Gasparilla Music Festival, the Vinik Family Foundation, and the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts, the team worked together to transform a standard 40 foot clean-energy transit bus into a rolling art canvas that will parade through the streets for all of 2019. Each day, the Art on HART bus will operate on a different route to ensure it is circulated throughout the entire 1,266 square miles that make up Hillsborough County, visible to over 1.2 million residents and many more visitors!
in early 2018, TBFAD issued a call to artists describing a vision of how art and music move together to create community. Upon receiving over twenty five artist entries, a juried competition was held, made up of local art professionals to narrow the entries to three finalists. In order to build a sense of ownership, those finalists creative art works were then provided to HART and the final selection was determined by employee vote.
in addition to the free public art display, transit riders can snap a photo of the bus on the street and post it using their social media account with three distinct hashtag keywords to be entered into a raffle for the chance to win a free 31-day unlimited bas fare card. Pictured below are TBFAD Secretary and program creator Patrick Thorpe, AIA, 2019 winning artist Michael O’Connell & TBFAD President Vivian Salaga, AIA. Along with a two thousand dollar top prize, the work of winning artist Michael O’Connell will be visible to communities that would not typically have access to public art.
you can follow the bus on social media by using the keywords #TBFAD #GMFTampa & #GoHART