36 pieces of colourful paintings were on display today at a special exhibition at Wood Quay Venue to launch the Dublin Bus Children’s Art Calendar 2017. The pieces, created by primary school children from 24 schools across the Greater Dublin Area, are the result of the annual Children’s Art Competition run by Dublin Bus. As part of the Dublin Bus Community Spirit Initiative, dedicated School Co-ordinators visit primary and secondary schools across Dublin and use different techniques to communicate how to use and respect public transport in their area including talks, exhibiting antisocial behaviour DVDs and on bus CCTV demonstrations.
As part of this programme, Dublin Bus holds an annual Children’s Art Competition in national schools. This year, over 2,000 children from the 24 schools entered the competition. A selection of the winning entries were chosen to be displayed in this year’s calendar. The competition promotes the value of public transport in local communities to younger passengers and creates awareness of the negative impact of anti-social behaviour on buses for the local community itself. Chief Executive of Dublin Bus, Ray Coyne said at the opening of the exhibition: “The vibrant art in this calendar displays the skill and creativity of young artists in Dublin. Their creativity and skill is a testament to their family and educators. Their pieces clearly display a love of their community and a respect for the role Dublin Bus plays in their lives.”