Art courtesy of Kristen Lopez

Bus Shelter Art Stops

MCTS and Bus Art Project MKE are teaming up to highlight talented artists.

Bus shelters in Milwaukee County are serving as canvases for artists to showcase their creativity.

Bus Art Project MKE collaborated with After Gallery to recruit artists to create the designs. Together they raised enough money to print the art on vinyl clings and install them on the shelters.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced during the unveiling of the first shelter that he made a personal donation of $5,000 to the fundraising effort and he encouraged others to donate to the effort if they can.

See below for locations of the art shelters and to learn more about the artists and their visions.


The first art shelter, 'Cluster' was unveiled on June 14, 2018 by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, artist CK Ledesma and Libby Olbrantz, the founder of the Bus Art Project MKE.

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Artist: CK Ledesma

Location: North Avenue & Humboldt Boulevard, Milwaukee

Vision: “I’m thrilled to take part in the project because it intersects several interests of mine, community and art, as well as, representation through diversity. “Cluster” represents a gathering of faces with different colors, shapes, sizes and expressions; a vision of what our neighborhoods and communities can be through unity.”

'Raining on Your Parade'

Bus Art Stop at KK and Bay in Bay View

Artist: Charity Ekpo

Location: Kinnickinnic Avenue & Bay Street, Milwaukee

Vision: “I wanted to participate in this project because I think it’s a great way to continue showing just how creative Milwaukee is. That we’re capable of taking something people maybe wouldn’t normally consider exciting, and turning it into something fun and visually intriguing. Art is a great way to express yourself. I hope these awesome designs will inspire others to want to channel their creative side, and make something amazing for themselves and/or others to see.”

If you are interested in submitting your art for potential display please send a message to