GoPegasus, an Orlando-based transportation and group travel company, last year launched “Art on Wheels”, an innovative program to promote the region’s nonprofit arts and culture industry in a way that will “move” residents and global visitors – literally.
The UMA Member converts some of its luxury coach buses into “moving canvases” showcasing the works of local artists and inspiring clients.
This year, GoPegasus has joined forces again with United Arts of Central Florida and the Orange County Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs for the seventh installment of “Art on Wheels.” Members of Arts & Cultural Affairs, United Arts of Central Florida, and other arts advocates will take this fun bus to attend Arts & Culture Advocacy Day, an annual trip to meet with Florida legislators in Tallahassee.
“It is critical for arts leaders to visit our elected leaders in our state capital,” Jennifer Evins, President and CEO of United Arts of Central Florida, said in a statement announcing the collaboration. “Making known the direct economic impact that the arts have on their local economy and our state’s economy, in addition to the impact on the lives of their constituents in schools, neighborhoods and small business, is a message that in a mass we can make loud and clear.”
GoPegasus commissioned Katherine Larson, of Vero Beach, for this installation. Larson is a fine artist, muralist, graphic designer, children’s book illustrator and classical singer. Larson was selected among other artists in the USA.
Highlighting art’s impact on the region
GoPegasus Vice President Claudia Menezes said: “For almost 30 years, our transportation and travel planning company has cared passionately about the arts people. We developed ‘Art on Wheels’ as a natural extension of our company’s commitment to our community, clients, excellence and innovation. When the arts thrive, we all thrive.”
GoPegasus plans to continue with the program and is in conversations with potential co-sponsors for future years.”
According to a 2017 study by United Arts of its seven-county Central Florida region, at least $400 million in direct economic activity is generated annually by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences. The study says the industry supports more than 13,700 jobs, and it produces $39.9 million in culture-related revenue for state and local governments annually.
GoPegasus has the largest fleet of 61-seat passenger buses in Florida and offers a one-stop shopping approach for group travel and service. It provides a blend of logistics planning, 24/7-dispatch service, GPS tracking and experienced driving personnel.