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MTA Buses will Feature Student-Penned Poetry, Songs During NCAA® Women’s Final Four®


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 12, 2014 – The nationally renowned Poetry in Motion® program returns here for the third year next month, showcasing student-written poetry and song lyrics on Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) vehicles across the county.

The 2014 version of the student competition is part of the Student Legacy Program, established by the NCAA and developed locally in conjunction with Nashville hosting the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four on April 6-8 at the Bridgestone Arena.

More information on the Women’s Final Four and local activities can be found at

Created in 1992 by the Poetry Society of America, Poetry in Motion® was designed to showcase classic and contemporary poetry in public transit vehicles. The program has appeared in more than 30 cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C., and made its debut on Nashville MTA vehicles in 2012.

 “Poetry in Motion® allows another group of Nashville artists to share their special talents across the county and with all the visitors who will attend the Women’s Final Four. It is an honor to showcase these talented young students as part of the city’s public art program,” said Jennifer Cole, executive director of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.

For this year’s competition, The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and Southern Word featured artist-led residence workshops at seven middle schools: Brick Church Middle School, Cameron Middle School, Isaiah T. Creswell Middle Arts Magnet School, Jere Baxter Middle School, John Early Museum Magnet Middle School, John Trotwood Moore Middle School, Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet and a workshop in the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Sixteen students were selected as finalists to have their poems and lyrics displayed in the advertising section inside MTA buses to be read by MTA’s 800,000 riders during the month of April, which is National Poetry Month.

Nossi College of Art student Hannah Burchard won a student competition to design the 2014 marketing poster for Poetry in Motion.


About the Poetry Society of America

The Poetry Society of America, the nation's oldest poetry organization, was founded in 1910 for the purpose of creating a public forum for the advancement, enjoyment, and understanding of poetry. Through a diverse array of programs, initiatives, contests, and awards, the Poetry Society of America works to build a larger audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the art, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life. Additional information about the Poetry Society of America is available online at

About Nossi College of Art

Nossi College of Art, located just north of downtown Nashville, is a small, private college specializing in educating creative students. Nossi offers bachelor and associate degrees in videography, photography, interactive design and illustration. In 2014, Nossi will celebrate teaching creative students for 41 years. 


About Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority

MTA operates 41 bus routes within Metro Nashville-Davidson County to nearly all areas including downtown Nashville, local universities, hospitals, businesses and many tourist attractions. For more information on Nashville MTA and regional transportation services, please call (615) 862-5950 or online at


About NCAA Women’s Basketball

The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 450,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities.  Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports.  Visit and for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.

NCAA women’s basketball is characterized by strong fundamentals, high quality of play, sportsmanship, role model student-athletes and family oriented entertainment. The latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate figures show 85 percent of NCAA Division I women’s basketball players graduate. In terms of the NCAA Academic Progress Rate, which measures term-by-term academic success, the overall score is 972, well above the NCAA benchmark of 930.

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About the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts)

The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission is a commission of the Metropolitan Nashville Government, provides leadership that stimulates and advances the arts to enrich the human experience for the community. Metro Arts receives operational support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and additional information is available online at