ArtWorks to paint Metro bus shelters this summer

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Waiting for the bus in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine is about to become a bit more 'picturesque'.

ArtWorks, a local non-profit that employs and trains youth and talent to create art and community impact, and Metro are working together to transform 12 Cincinnati Metro bus shelters into colorful public art this summer.

With shelters near the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the art will be based on a literature theme. Metro and ArtWorks are now seeking community input on what books should be used as art inspiration.

Organizers are asking bus riders and area residents to participate in a simple, three-question online survey about books to inspire the shelter art before June 30.

Metro's maintenance department will begin shelter repair and painting in July.

Six ArtWorks apprentices from the area, ages 14-21, will work under the direction of project manager Ryan Little and teaching artist Brandon Parker to create art to be installed in the shelters later this summer.

The project dedication and community celebration will be held in September.

To learn more or to support ArtWorks, visit

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