(from left to right): Bay Aging board member Cynthia Talcott, the RCC’s President, Dr. Shannon Kennedy, and the RCC’s Vice President of College Advancement, Sarah Pope.
Bay Transit, the public transportation division of Bay Aging, has received a $500 sponsorship donation from the Rappahannock Community College (RCC) Educational Foundation in support of the ‘Art in Transit’ 2022 contest and judged exhibition. Displaying the current RCC program and course offerings guide, RCC President Dr. Shannon Kennedy noted, “We are pleased to provide a $500 scholarship to help fund a continuing education opportunity that will allow a front-line employee at Bay Transit, such as a bus driver, mechanic, scheduler, or dispatcher, to take classes at Rappahannock Community College (RCC) or apply for the scholarship for a member of their family.”
Sarah Pope, RCC’s Vice President of College Advancement, added, “We have several successful partnerships already in place with Bay Transit, so we are thrilled to support their ‘Art in Transit’ 2022 initiative.” In 2019, Bay Transit installed bus shelters at RCC’s Warsaw and Glenns campuses. The same year, Bay Transit worked with the RCC Educational Foundation to eliminate fares for all students riding to and from RCC’s four campuses in Bay Transit buses. The RCC Educational Foundation reimburses Bay Transit for all student rides. “This initiative has been hailed by our students and administrators as a ‘godsend’ that has been critical to help transportation disadvantaged students access educational opportunities at RCC,” Pope said.
“We know how hard the Bay Transit bus drivers and other front-line staff have to work,” observed Bay Aging board director Cynthia Talcott. “Hopefully, financial assistance will help a Bay Transit employee, or employee’s family member, to pursue educational opportunities that may have otherwise been out of reach,” Talcott added. “In today’s hypercompetitive job market, we are hopeful that offering educational opportunities to front-line staff will help to distinguish Bay Transit from other employment opportunities.”
The “Call for Entries” to artists throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula to participate in the ‘Art in Transit’ 2022 contest and judged exhibition was issued in January and the deadline for entries and art submissions to the RAL Art Center in Kilmarnock is April 18th between 10 AM and 12 PM. This year’s award winners will be recognized at the ‘Art in Transit’ 2022 reception on Friday night, May 20th. The culmination of the reception will once again occur when a copy of the first-place entry is unveiled on the side of a Bay Transit bus.
To find out more and to download the entry form, please visit the RAL Art Center at www.RALartcenter.com or call RAL at (804) 436-9309. You can also download a copy of the Call for Entries and entry form by visiting the Bay Transit website at www.BayTransit.org.