EXPERIENCE ART, MEET ARTISTS, GET INSPIRED!
The Art Bus Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and exhibit on wheels dedicated to public access to art and a creative agenda. Housed in a repurposed school bus, it's a traveling showcase featuring eight American artists who span disciplines, ages, locations, genders and races. We plan to tour the Eastern Seaboard, visiting their hometowns and inviting the public on board to experience art, meet artists and get inspired. At each stop, we will host hands-on creative workshops designed to foster imaginative thought and action.
The Art Bus Project, in its most basic form, is for people who think art is one thing, and that thing doesn't belong to them. It's for everyone.
We assembled a group of artists that is both demographically and creatively diverse. Anyone coming to this exhibit will find familiar faces and surprising creativity. Neither artists nor art look one way.
Then, we gave it wheels. By retrofitting a school bus—the most democratic and familiar of vehicles—we made it accessible, stripping away the intimidating trappings of the art world and giving me the ability to literally deliver art to people's doorsteps.
Finally, we want to encourage visitors to think about what their art would look like, to show that creative minds can respond in an infinite variety of ways to the same prompts—and then to use those same prompts to encourage their own creative thinking.
Our message? Everyone has an artistic muscle; they just need to flex it.
What gave you that idea?
Tracing the origins of The Art Bus Project
Founder Lucia Davis at tracing The Art Bus Project's origins through the pages of her journal, May 6, 2017, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY.
A closer look:
Seminal entries cited above
A selection of entries from Davis' journals.