About The Transit Arts Program
NJ TRANSIT's Transit Arts Program is based on the philosophy that art is essential to the overall transportation experience. Carefully, planned and conceived, art is woven into the design, resulting in a more enjoyable and efficient transportation experience.
The program was created to integrate artwork into the architectural design of transit facilities, creating inspirational places that improve the riding experience for customers and enhance the beauty of public spaces within communities. The Transit Arts Program was piloted with the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail project in 1994 and became a corporate-wide program in 1996. Today, NJ TRANSIT has more than 150 art installations through our transporation systems.
Newark Penn Station
Kate Dodd created the “Connecting the Dots” mural. The mural displays images of constellations and astrological configurations which connect with the interior Newark Penn Station stellar art installations. This installation continues the reference to connection- linking destinations through transportation.
How We Are Funded
The State of New Jersey Arts Inclusion Act (P.L. 1978, c117) mandates that all state-funded projects allocate up to 1.5% of the construction cost. The Federal Transit Administration allows up to 5% of the total cost of TA-funded transit projects for artwork.
Walter Rand Transportation Center
NetworkArts created an opportunity for children to express themselves by exploring science, art, and the humanities to transform their community. For an entire summer, the students from Frankford High School installed a mosaic mural representing the history of Camden. It is designed to stir the memories of the city’s residents.
Get With The Program
A Transit Arts Committee is formed for each project and is comprised of NJ TRANSIT staff, engineers, architects, artists, representatives from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and representatives from communities where station construction or rehab is planned. The program director guides the committee's outreach to artists and helps to select finalists.
Cork Marcheschi created a 30-foot tall cattail sculpture for the rotunda, since they are found in the surrounding marsh. The sculpture is fabricated predominately from aluminum, stainless steel and titanium and lit with neon and ambient light. The glass cattails are filled with three different color neon tubes.
The Transit Arts Program focuses on the most appropriate art for each site. The program considers both regional and national artists, those known and unknown. Through an Expression of Interest, we reach out to encourage artists through advertisement in community newspapers and online by CallforEntry.org. Artists are also selected from the Visual Arts Slide Registry of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Selection of Artists
Requests for Proposal are sent to shortlisted artists who are judged on the following criteria:
- Artistic quality of the proposed artwork.
- Appropriateness of the proposed artwork to the site and objective of the project.
- Permanence, durablity, maintainability and use of high-quality materials.
- Absence of hazards to the public.
- Recommended measures to protect against vandalism.
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