May 2023

METRO and Local Schools Team Up to Create Art That Moves People

METRO Board Members, staff and HISD representatives take a photo in front of a new bus shelter designed by a Kashmere High School student.

METRO's student-designed bus shelter program is on a roll! On May 24, 2023, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new shelter artwork at a stop near Kashmere High School in the Houston Independent School District. Later that same day, winning designs were announced for METRO bus shelters near five campuses in the Aldine Independent School District.

Ram Pride Grows in the Gardens

In the Trinity / Houston Gardens community, Kashmere Art Teacher Karyn Mason instructed students in her classes to sketch and color a design for the bus shelter on Lockwood Drive near Shreveport Boulevard — part of the fifth segment for the planned METRORapid University Corridor Project.

Freshman Tianna Newell sketched a design in pencil but didn't feel confident adding color. It took some convincing from Mason, but Newell eventually completed the artwork, never believing she had a chance it would be selected from hundreds of entries.

Newell says she experienced a number of emotions at the unveiling.

"Honestly, I was nervous, excited, surprised, impressed. It looks great. When I saw it, I was like, wow, this is big. This is really big,” she said.

Kashmere student Tianna Newell is overcome with emotion as she sees the METRO bus shelter for the first time.
Emotional Unveil: Kashmere freshman Tianna Newell’s face says it all as she attends the unveiling of her design on a METRO bus shelter near campus.


Kashmere freshman and art contest winner, Tianna Newell sits in a chair as local officials priase her efforts. Her father, seated beside her looks on proudly.

Proud Dad Moment: Sam Earl Newell proudly watched as school officials, along with community and METRO leaders, praised his daughter, Tianna, for her winning artwork.


Kashmere seniors celebrate METRO's newest student-designed shelter by taking photos in front of it  in their royal blue raduation gowns.
Reason to Celebrate: Kashmere High school graduating seniors pose for a celebration photo in front of METRO's newest student-designed bus shelter.


Excitement in Aldine I.S.D.

It was also a big day for five Aldine I.S.D. students as they learned their designs will be featured on METRO bus shelters near their schools.

"Seeing the community come together to celebrate our students is wonderful and incredibly uplifting," said Aldine I.S.D. Director of Visual Arts Kaileigh Newman. "Everyone from METRO and the school district to students and the surrounding community benefit from this project."

Aldine ISD and METRO Officials celebrate five winning entries for future bus shelter art projects.

Winning designs were submitted by:

  • Kathleen Robles, MacArthur High School
  • Jordan Barnes, Carver High School
  • Alondra Gallegos, Aldine Senior High School
  • Arlenne Rodriguez, Avalos P-Tech High School
  • Estefany Ramirez-Gonzalez, Blanson CTE High School

METRO Board Chair Sanjay Ramabhadran congratulated all participants in both school districts for their efforts.

"Every piece that students submitted was fantastic," said Ramabhadran. "We truly appreciate the time and effort each artist put into this competition, and we hope you continue to share your gifts for future endeavors — whether it is with METRO, another community partner, or whatever community you one day find yourself living in."

Submission by MacArthur High School student Katherine Robles depicts the silhouette of a solder standing at attention.

Every Piece Was Fantastic: METRO Board Chair Sanjay Ramabhadran praised students' creative efforts.


A photo of a note from Aldine ISD teacher Mrs. Moreno that says,

A Heartfelt Thank You: Aldine students, educators and administrators thanked METRO for the opportunity to be a part of METRO’s bus shelter art initiative.


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