Integrating art into the transit centers is also an important component. Integrating art helps build a sense of pride, ownership, and identity with the surrounding community. Art will play a dynamic role in shaping the design of the new Reno and Sparks transit centers.
Since the Federal Transit Administration introduced a Design and Art in Transit Projects program in the mid-1990's, local designers and municipalities have created vital partnerships by including artists in the design of major transit projects. A local committee of arts professionals and advocates from the Northern Nevada art community were impaneled to select the artist for the transit centers. Internationally acclaimed artist Donald Lipski was selected by the panel to design and build public art for the new RTC transit centers in both Reno and Sparks.
Donald Lipski is working with the architects, other technical personnel and the community to define an appropriate and exciting art element for each facility while respecting the functional needs of the transit centers.