Mass transit systems around the world use the power of art to transform utilitarian spaces into places that enrich the everyday lives of transit customers. MetroArts installs artwork in the Metrorail system to make Metro stations more attractive, to provide enjoyment for customers, and to contribute to the cultural life of the National Capital area.
Community participation is crucial to the planning and development of successful art in transit projects. MetroArts projects require artists to work with local residents to generate ideas for art projects to ensure that works of art are characteristic of unique communities.
Works of art on display at Metro stations are:
appropriate for public view,
relevant to surrounding communities,
fabricated of durable materials,
vandal resistant, and
easy to maintain.