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Art on the Bus

Where students create sustainable art—and see it displayed on a city bus.

See the winners below!

What is art on the bus?

Art on the Bus is an annual contest hosted by CapMetro and Creative Action that started in 2019. Local elementary schools win an opportunity to create sustainable inspired artwork—which is then displayed on CapMetro’s electric vehicles throughout the city.  This project is dedicated to educating young people about the environmental benefits of public transportation, specifically zero-emissions buses, and encouraging them to become lifelong riders.

meet the 2023-2024 winning campuses

Students from the following elementary schools participated in an art lesson that encompassed the importance of sustainability and public transportation. They then worked side by side with Creative Action’s professional teaching artists to create artwork around the theme “Future World” using upcycled fabric collages. Meet the artists below!

Houston Elementary (AISD)

Students: Jenny, Santos, Mateo, Monica, Katie, and Aydrian

Art teacher: Linda Chapa

ShadowGlen Elementary (MISD)

Students: Leo, Amy, Maruja, Diego, Londyn, and Nicolas

Art teacher: Taylor Palmer

Baty Elementary (DVISD)

Students: Xaya, Shazia, Alexandra, Tahiz, Marcela, Braelynn, Khyra, & Luis

Art teacher: Elaine Karney

Plain Elementary (LISD)

Students: Lilly, Ahston, Imani, Julian, Mia, and Varsha

Art teacher: Aiden Page 

Contest Details

At the start of each school year, four campuses are selected to participate in the contest and receive a six-month partnership with Creative Action that includes:

  • an in-school residency collaboration
  • arts-integrated curriculum
  • art contest between 3rd-5th graders
  • $1000 stipend for art supplies. 

The winning campus’s art is made into a mural and incorporated into a vehicle wrap that is displayed on CapMetro’s electric buses and other vehicles around Earth Day.


Elementary schools from the following CapMetro served districts are eligible and encouraged to participate. 

Four schools are chosen in an effort to represent the different service areas. 

  • Leander ISD
  • Manor ISD
  • Del Valle ISD
  • Austin ISD

Check out our k-1st original song about capmetro called "on the bus"!

CapMetro’s Commitment to a Sustainable Future

CapMetro is dedicated to a sustainable future powered by a zero-emissions fleet, which is an important component of Project Connect. The transit agency took another step in fulfilling that commitment by approving the nation’s largest electric vehicle procurement in September 2021 with the purchase of almost 200 new electric buses.

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