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How did the yellow school bus come about anyways?

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Love it or hate it, yellow is here to stay. The color wheel’s brightest shade can be seen on the road every day. But neither cars nor trucks have the unique yellow paint jobs that belong to school buses. How did the yellow school bus come about anyways? And why are school buses still being painted this shade?

History of the Yellow School Bus

Knowing the colorful history of yellow school buses sheds light on this timeless tradition. The lineage of the school bus dates back to the 1930s when a man by the name of Frank Cyr conducted an in depth study of student transportation vehicles throughout the United States.

At the beginning of his research, Cyr, a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, was observing school buses that cost (on average) $2,000. Quickly he found out that these vehicles had little in common. Various manufacturers, schools, and districts used different buses.

This inspired him to call a conference of educators in spring 1939. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss a standard protocol for school buses. The end result was a 42 page manual that discussed the ins and outs of the school bus. In this manual, the color was declared: national school bus chrome.

National School Bus Yellow

In 2010, the questionable use of “chrome” was exchanged for “yellow”. Still, the color seen on school buses today was the color decided at the conference over seven decades ago. The precise shade of yellow was taken so seriously, that a committee was appointed just to decided which one of 50 shades of yellow would appear on the school bus.

Why has the Color not Changed?

Once national school bus yellow was decided, it became a nationwide mandate. One of the original reasons for the broad directive was because school bus manufacturers “had to have different booths to spray-paint them.” More so, the color became a universal symbol of student transportation.

In fact, most Americans have been raised in environments where yellow school buses shuttle children to and from school. It is hard to imagine life without them.

Source:
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/why-are-school-buses-yellow-a-teachers-college-professor-said-so/

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Can Art Boost Tourism?

Can Art Boost Tourism

Art brings people together. It encourages community gatherings and serves as a center of activity. This is why art enthusiasts can often be found traveling the world; art attracts visitors from far off destinations and increases tourism. In addition to welcoming cultural experiences, globe trotting art lovers stimulate local economies.

To confirm this belief, take a look at current events from around the world. News from Abu Dhabi, the state of California, and an international debate involving a traveling art exhibit all suggest art can boost tourism, and in effect, economies.

Abu Dhabi Art Attractions

Abu Dhabi’s economy is growing fast. As industrial growth revitalizes this land, the emirate is planning to use art as a way of attracting tourists. In fact, there are plans for several museums and art centers to open in 2015. The goal is to use art as a way of boosting the city’s appeal. Such cultural centers will show the world that Abu Dhabi is open for business, community life, and tourism.

California’s Creative Economy

The state and economy is devoted to using art as a means of bringing people together. Over the years, creative efforts have boosted California’s economy. More than 600,000 people work in creative businesses that are registered in the state of California at the present time. It has brought public, private, and nonprofit sectors together in an effort to shape communities and attract tourists.

A Global Art Debate       

As economies are strengthened by art, some are weakened by a lack thereof. At present, a global debate focuses on the importance of art in local economies. The Cleveland Museum of Art canceled a traveling Sicilian art exhibit that was scheduled for fall. This is because Sicily regrets loaning the artwork to museums in other countries, as its absence has hurt the local economy. Oddly enough, the Cleveland Museum of Art fears a similar predicament.

Art is a vital element for any city. It strengthens local economies and creates jobs for people who care about the community. It is a great way for people to learn about culture, enjoy artistic experiences, and support the global economy. News around the world confirms how powerful a force art is to local communities and the world at large. How has art stimulated the area where you live?

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Foreign Landscapes Inspire Creativity

What comes to mind when thinking of foreign landscapes? Are these far off countries? Or different planets? Do they only exist in fantasy fiction? Or are they birthed from Hollywood magic?

Wherever these landscapes originate, one fact is constant: foreign landscapes inspire creativity. At the heart of art is a cry of curiosity — a desire to explore what lies beyond the world as we understand it. This is why natural disasters, everyday home supplies, and destructible objects are bringing about some of the most creative art pieces to date.

Natural Disasters

Foriegn Landscapes Inspire ArtForces of nature often leave tragic sites in their trails but even in the most horrendous of circumstances, art can be found. Take for instance the landscape created from the Superstorm Sandy that hit New York in 2012.

In a parking lot in Queens, NY, 18 piles of sand reaching 30 feet tall were collected. After days of wind and rain, the sand dunes looked like ancient pyramids. Photographs of this site portray the art nature left behind.

Everyday Home Supplies

Repurposing home supplies to create art is increasing in popularity. With social media sites allowing people to share DIY projects, home improvement stores are no longer for fix-it materials only. Artists strive to incorporate three-dimensional shapes to liven up colors and concepts.

At the core of their purpose is a landscape worth replicating. It serves as a “touchstone” for the artist and inspires a piece of art that tells its story.

Destructible Objects

Foriegn Landscapes Inspire Art 1Artistic landscapes broaden the imagination and evoke emotions in all who get to experience them. At the annual Burning Man festival, a landscape of art installations is built. Every Labor Day weekend in a Nevada desert (USA), a “pop-up town” is created by festival attendees. This community contributes art that represents a blending of the divine and the idealistic. The entire festival is devoted to encouraging people to see life beyond their perspective.

Art at the heart is about making the objective world a little easier to understand. Landscapes inspire ideas that are as visually stimulating and tangible as the landscape itself. It answers the curiosity of artists and evokes curiosity in observers.

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