WeGo Public Transit to Feature Local Artists at New Transit Center

WeGo Public Transit announces its latest partnership with The Urban League of Middle Tennessee (ULMT), through its Community Impact Partnership program. Through the partnership, ULMT will sponsor the artwork of local artists LeXander Bryant and Jamal “Jay” Jenkins, known artistically as Woke3.

Bryant and Woke3 were selected to provide artwork within the upcoming Dr. Ernest Rip Van Patton, Jr. North Nashville Transit Center (NNTC). Bryant will provide digital art and video, while Woke3 will paint a mural.

WeGo, Urban League, and Nashville Artist
Members of the Urban League and WeGo recently sat down with artists LeXander Bryant and Woke3 to discuss art, community, and transportation at No Free Coffee on Buchanan Street in North Nashville.

The development of the North Nashville Transit Center (NNTC) marks a strategic move towards enhancing Nashville’s public transportation network. This initiative is aimed at streamlining citywide access to transit options, significantly minimizing the need for multiple transfers, particularly those previously required at the busy WeGo Central hub. The NNTC will serve as a crucial link, bridging North Nashville neighborhoods with broader city destinations, thus facilitating smoother, more direct commutes for residents and visitors alike. This effort underscores a broader commitment to making Nashville’s public transit more efficient and accessible.

In addition to their main contributions at the NNTC, Bryant and Woke3 are extending their artistic outreach beyond the facility itself. Their artwork will be featured on various bus shelters in North Nashville, along with a QR code linked to ULMT’s website. WeGo and ULMT are excited about the collaboration, as are the artists, who aim to capture the spirit of the community through their creative expression. They view public transit as a vital connector for diverse communities.

“I moved here with the intention to promote my craft and love that I can do that at the transit center,” Bryant shared. “Transit connects our communities and I’m excited to see it grow.”

Bryant and Woke3, are passionate about using their art to tell the story of North Nashville in a contemporary way that speaks to everyone who visits the transit center. Their collaboration aims to highlight the community’s rich history and vibrant present through visually striking narratives, making the transit center a beacon of cultural pride and connection.

Woke3 added, “I was brought up in North Nashville and look forward to speaking to the community through art. This project allows me to share my vision and connect with the city in a meaningful way.”

The Dr. Ernest Rip Van Patton, Jr. North Nashville Transit Center, located at 26th Avenue and Clarksville Highway, will feature an air-conditioned waiting room, restrooms, Wi-Fi, and multiple bus bays to connect several routes across town, enhancing access to public transit across Nashville. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on November 10, 2022, and the center is expected to open in Spring 2024. It will connect current routes and extend others, aiming to reduce the necessity of transferring Downtown at WeGo Central​​.

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