Art In Transit

Kristin Foster, graduate student, UNC Charlotte Department of Public History


Dr. Karen Cox (L) with former CATS CEO Keith Parker and AiT Program Administrator Lyndsay Richter

UNC Charlotte – Cultural History Project

CATS and the UNC Charlotte Public History Department became partners in 2008 on a class project entitled "History at Light Speed: Discovering Charlotte's Northeast Corridor."  Conceived by Dr. Karen Cox, professor and director of the Public History department, the project involved 12 graduate students in history and architecture.  The students were asked to explore the cultural histories of five neighborhoods along the Northeast Corridor, the future light rail corridor for CATS LYNX Blue Line Extension.  

Ultimately, the students presented the results of their research, including their storyboards and shelter models to CATS and the general public at an exhibition held at The Art House in the NoDa neighborhood May 1, 2008.  The research document and support materials now serve as historical and cultural resource information for the selected Blue Line Extension artists, providing them with potential content and inspiration for the art.