Current Calls to Artists


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Melrose-Orange Bus Shelters

The City of Roanoke seeks artists to provide permanent works of art to be incorporated into four (4) new bus shelters in the Melrose-Orange Target Area (MOTA).

In partnership with Valley Metro, the City will install uniform bus shelters with custom details such as shelter panels and potential treatment of the underlying concrete pad. With the addition of artistic elements, the finished shelters should help communicate the neighborhood themes of “diversity, visibility, and possibility,” continuing the work of a stakeholder-driven process to bridge communities, celebrate diversity and history, and inspire residents to seek and realize opportunities for the future. The elements shall be designed through an inclusive, participatory process engaging neighbors, local business and property owners, and local students. 

An engaged group of residents and stakeholders have expressed a desire for the shelters to incorporate color, educational themes, and a celebration of the diversity of the neighborhood, which incorporates a number of cultures and a large African-American population.



Write a Jingle!

Submit a 15-20 second MP3 featuring your original musical message that encourages your neighbors to keep cigarette butts and trash off of the streets. 

We’re going to choose five top jingles to be awarded prizes, but we also plan to use many more of the submissions to spread the word about how trash on the streets ends up in our streams and river. Just imagine walking past Center in the Square or eating lunch in the City Market Building and hearing your jingle!

Submit no later than midnight, March 31!