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Arts & Transportation Rapid Response

Photo: Kahlim Davis

Smart Growth America (SGA) launched the Arts & Transportation Rapid Response initiative in collaboration with Forecast Public Art in the summer of 2020, immediately following the onset of the world’s worst pandemic in over a generation. SGA selected five agencies in the Bay Area, CA, Oakland, CA, Las Vegas, NV, west central Minnesota, and Detroit, MI who partnered with local artists committed to addressing COVID-related transportation challenges and systemic inequities in a unique and creative way.

SGA launched a second round with a new focus on transit agencies, as many faced unprecedented challenges due to COVID and sought out unique ways to emerge from the pandemic. To respond to these pandemic-related challenges, SGA and Forecast curated three artists to collaborate with agencies in Atlanta, GA, Pittsburgh, PA, and Quaboag Valley, MA. 

You can read more about why SGA narrowed the scope of the initiative to transit here.

This program was made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kresge Foundation.

bird's eye view of two bus stops with paint between them and curb

Janel Young’s “Respect the Space” mural in Pittsburgh, PA, photographed by Ray Carrington.