Muni Art 2017 winners announced


Last year, SFMTA teamed up with SF Beautiful to hold a contest. This wasn’t sports or anything. It was a competition in which the public voted for their favorite artist to have their work adorning Muni buses all over town. So rad.

The contest and campaign went so well, they’ve come back for another round.

And this year’s winners are …

  1. Teens of SF (pictured above), Monica Tiulescu (606 votes)
  2. Bit by Bit, Lillian Shanahan (446 votes)
  3. (tie) Las Historias, Luis Pinto (443 votes)
  • (tie) City Walks, Counterpoint Studio (Peter Tonningsen and Lisa Levine) (443 votes)
  • (tie) Sight Seeing, Todd Kurnat (443 votes)

Here’s what SF Beautiful’s Darcy Brown had to say about the campaign:

“Every year the public vote is so exciting,” said Darcy Brown, Executive Director of San Francisco Beautiful. “This project is such an important addition to the San Francisco arts scene because it highlights five local artists and gets their work in front of, not only the thousands of people who participate in the vote but over 700,000 Muni riders every day for four months. What young artist doesn’t dream of an opportunity like that?”

SFMTA’s Ed Reiskin added:

“This project is a win-win for both the artists and the riding public who were engaged in the voting process from the very beginning,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation, Ed Reiskin. “These local artists can be proud to showcase their work across our city, which will add another round of engaging art to our Muni trips.”


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Town Hall on Housing, Transportation, and Urban Planning


I’m guessing you care. About San Francisco, about transit, about the future we’ll share together. You do? Good!

Tonight at Mission High School, some notable people will be holding a town hall on some serious issues facing San Francisco. Since you care, you should go!

From Supe. Jane Kim’s Facebook page:

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, CSU Trustee and District 7 BART Board Candidate Lateefah Simon and best-selling author David Talbot will join me in this important discussion about real solutions for our region and our state.

As a San Francisco Supervisor, I have shown that I’m willing to stand up to anyone to fund more transit options and create more affordable housing. And I’ve worked hard to improve existing parks and create new ones, while improving street safety for everyone.

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30
Mission High School, 3750 18th St. (take the 33-Stanyan, 22-Fillmore, 14-Mission, 49-Van Ness, 24-Divisadero, or BART to 16th Street Station)

See you there!

Photo by torbakhopper

‘Nowhere in Particular’: Art by Driver Doug on view now


Were you lucky enough to learn the ins and outs of driving a Muni bus when Driver Doug graced the stage at Muni Diaries Live not once, but twice? No? Well, lemme just tell you, you missed out. Dude has the best insights on how to drive and ride the bus in San Francisco. He’s also written books on the topic.

Now, he’s showing the photos that the art in those books is based on. Here are the details:

Nowhere in Particular: Art by Driver Doug will be showing August 18th through September 19th at the Castro Country Club, 4058 18th Street.

A word from the artist:

“It’s been three years since “The Dao of Doug: The Art of Driving a Bus” has been published and I have learned so much about editing, marketing, podcast and audio recording. So I thought, what is the next best thing I can do to put myself out there and show my creative self to you? The answer came back through my friends in recovery. Post an art show of wall art from photos used as illustrations in my book mixed with natural scenes of beauty from places visited when I’m off the bus and away from traffic. 

On the wall are canvas wrap and semi-gloss photo prints of various sizes jam packed on a wall like cars on a freeway. I hope you like the images I have selected and let’s talk. I hope to create an opportunity to hang wall art at a reasonable price. 8″ x 10″ prints start at $50, with larger print collage semi-gloss photo frames of 20″ x 30″ available for $200.”

Photo by Kevin Wong

10 finalists for Muni art announced


On the heels of its successful inaugural campaign, Muni Art and San Francisco Beautiful have announced 10 finalists whose art could be chosen to be displayed on Muni buses. The finalists are:

  • Marianne Bland
  • Counterpoint Studio (Peter Tonningsen and Lisa Levine)
  • DrawBridge: An Arts Program for Homeless Children
  • Amos Goldbaum
  • Ryan Hungerford
  • Todd Kurnat
  • Luis Pinto
  • Lillian Shanahan
  • Monica Tiulescu
  • Jon Wessel

According to SFMTA:

In addition to having their art displayed on 100 Muni buses, the artist who receives the most public votes will be awarded $2,000 and each of the remaining four will be awarded $1,250.  The public may cast their votes by visiting the web site, The voting period ends August 29 at 6 p.m.

Good luck to all of the finalists. We’ll announce the winners at the end of August.

Read about 2015’s winners here.

Photo of last year’s winner, Ariel Dunitz-Johnson, courtesy of SF Beautiful

Best use of a stroller spotted on Muni


Strollers, whether we like it or not, are just a #FactofLife on Muni. And maybe that’s the way it should be.

This Muni rider, however, managed to discover a new way to use her pram. Via @side-eye spice: “This woman has a stroller, but there’s no baby — just a bag of burritos and soda. I’m writing her in for president.”

I’m down.

Meanwhile, ENHANCE!


If you can ID that soda (I think that’s a soda?), let us know in the comments, please.

Previously on Muni Diaries
Well-behaved cat in a stroller on Muni is living our dreams

Muni passengers school bad driver


Oh, this is just delicious. Last week, Muni rider EC let the whole world know that some Muni passengers aren’t taking any shit. No sirree.

As to the situation, EC writes: “People have gotten off my train to yell at this lady who almost ran a pedestrian over.”

As to the photo above, she writes: “The gray haired grandma who chewed her out is my hero for today.”

As it should be. Good luck praying that wrath away.

Bad driver! Bad!

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