LADOT TAP Card Design Competition

2014 LADOT TAP Card Design Competition

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (November 12, 2013) – The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) today announced a collaboration with Downtown Los Angeles’ Gallery Row Organization to sponsor an artist competition to design the next wave of LADOT TAP smart cards.This design competition is the first of its kind in any major metropolitan area in the world that has a regional smart card system for its public transportation network.

LADOT’s DASH and Commuter Express bus services joined the regional TAP smart card network in June 2012.LADOT unveiled four limited edition, custom-designed TAP cards at the Downtown LA Art Walk in May 2013, in order to support art and design in the City of Los Angeles.

The theme for card designs is Downtown Los Angeles. The deadline for entries is December 18, 2013.Entry forms, official competition rules and instructions on how to submit your design are all available at the competition webpage: Two winning designs will be chosen, and each artist will be awarded a prize of $500 cash and a $500 gift certificate to Raw Materials Art Supplies, an art and architectural supply store in Downtown Los Angeles. Winners will be selected in mid-January 2014 by a five-person jury panel: Nic Cha Kim (Gallery Row Organization), Qathryn Brehm (Downtown LA Art Walk), Nathan Cartwright (The Hive Gallery), and two representatives from LADOT. This first of its kind competition is open to artists and designers, 18 years of age or older, who live or work in Los Angeles.

Nic Cha Kim, one of Gallery Row Organization’s founders and its current President, said, ”The LADOT TAP Card Design Competition is an incredible opportunity for local artists to get creative, and be recognized in a very big way by having their designs in the hands of thousands of LADOT riders.”

Gallery Row Organization (GRO) supports a thriving, pedestrian-friendly, culturally abundant, urban neighborhood at the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.GRO provides business development consulting services for creative business owners interested in joining the revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles.For more information about GRO, visit


The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), in collaboration with Gallery Row Organization (GRO), presents the LADOT TAP Card Design Competition.

Two winning designs will be selected to become limited edition LADOT branded TAP Cards. Winners will each receive a $500 cash prize and $500 gift certificate to Raw Materials Art Supplies.

FREE TO ENTER. Participation is open to artists and designers currently living or working in Los Angeles.

Submission Deadline
December 18, 2013.

To Apply: