"TO HIGH PLACES BY NARROW ROADS"
The Art Bus Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and exhibit on wheels dedicated to inspiring the public through art exposure, education and engagement. Housed in a repurposed school bus, we travel to underserved communities, inviting the public on board and providing our free enrichment program, designed to foster creative 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
A selection of entries from Davis' journals.