The Arts in Transit Board of Directors has elected new officers.
The non-profit subsidiary of Bi-State Development facilitates public transit art programs in the eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois region. The board is responsible for the oversight of AIT and its overall strategic direction, as well as determining its major fiscal, personnel, organizational and programmatic policies.
The new slate of officers were elected this fall and assumed their positions immediately.
• Chair: Tim Boyle, president of City Property Company
• Vice Chair: Amanda Colón-Smith, program director for Dutchtown South Community Corporation
• Secretary: Thad Duhigg, professor of art at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
• Treasurer: Peter Tao, principal at TAO + LEE Associates, Inc.
Members selected to the Arts in Transit board must include individuals from the visual arts and/or design, education and business communities. One member of the Bi-State Development Board of Commissioners must serve as an ex officio member, and Commissioner Aliah Holman currently serves in this capacity. All board members appointed serve without compensation, and are eligible to serve two consecutive two-year terms.
Metro Transit established the Arts in Transit program in 1986 to connect the community and public transit through art and art education. Since that time, it has commissioned more than 150 temporary and permanent public art installations throughout the St. Louis region, which enhance the commuting experience for Metro Transit riders and adds vitality and vibrancy to the neighborhoods served by the Metro system.
Arts in Transit also provides innovative programming to engage the community with public art and provide unique opportunities for local artists, including:
• MetroScapes – a public art program where the work of local artists is annually selected for reproduction and displayed at more than 200 MetroBus shelters and locations throughout the region
• MetroLines – an annual transit-focused poetry contest where the selected original work of local poets is displayed on MetroLink trains and MetroBus vehicles to enrich the public transit experience for riders
• Art in Motion – an art-bus program conducted in partnership with local not-for-profit organizations and businesses where specially designed murals are painted the exterior of MetroBus vehicles, and the buses travel throughout the region in regular service for one year
For more information about Arts in Transit and its programs, visit artsintransit.org.