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See how students are learning about sustainability through the arts and displaying their artwork throughout our city!

Art on the Bus is an annual contest hosted by CapMetro and Creative Action. Local public 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.

The 2023 bus wraps are now in the printing phase and will be revealed in April 2023!  Attend Community Art Sunday at Creative Action on April 23rd from 2-5PM to see one of the vehicles in person. 


These are the winners for the 2022-2023 school year.

Each school received a $1000 stipend for art supplies and will work side-by-side with our Creative Action teaching artists to create a one-of-a-kind bus wrap.

  • Smith Elementary, Del Valle ISD
  • Camacho Elementary, Leander ISD
  • Pioneer Crossing Elementary School, Manor ISD
  • Graham Elementary School, Austin ISD

The Student contest winners

While many students from each school participated in the project, a select group were chosen from each school to have their artwork showcased on a CapMetro vehicle. 

Smith Elementary, Del Valle ISD: Abryn, Andrea, Aylin, Christopher, Crystal, Honey, Joselyn, Mateo

Camacho Elementary, Leander ISD: Jase, Emma, Addisyn, Ahmed, Leonardo, Emery

Pioneer Crossing Elementary School, Manor ISD: Anthony, Brenda, Quinn, Kadiatou, Maryam, Ryan

Graham Elementary School, Austin ISD: Analia, Angel, Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Frank, Genesis, Genesis (Abby), Roscoe

Watch the video to learn more about art on the bus
and see the incredible artwork last year's winners created.


Art of The Bus from CapMetro and Creative Action

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

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

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

How Does the Contest Work?

Each year since 2019, CapMetro and Creative Action have partnered to provide 4 different elementary school campuses with the incredible opportunity to have their artwork displayed on our city’s electric buses. 

In November, four campuses will be selected to participate in the contest and will 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 will be made into a mural and incorporated into a vehicle wrap that is displayed on CapMetro’s buses and other vehicles. 

In honor of Earth Day, the wraps will be celebrated at a public unveiling in Spring 2023.

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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