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Mural Planned to Decorate Back of Art Center
By Charlotte Kovalchuk, Hello Georgetown contributor
We all have stories to tell, and many are displayed across Georgetown through its art scene – a medley of sculptures dotting the downtown and murals stretching across Gus’s Drug and the back of City Hall.
Amanda Still, the city’s Arts and Culture coordinator, wants to add yet another piece to the mix – a mural behind the Art Center.
The project’s tentative diversity theme is an appropriate one for the Art Center, which strives to connect with all segments of the community. It’s also timely, as more people want their voices to be heard, Amanda said. “I really think one of the best ways to tell a story and get your voice heard is through art.”
The project’s effect won’t be limited to the art itself – Amanda also wants it to enhance the surrounding area by drawing more visitors and promoting neighboring businesses.
Right now the project is in the early stages and the Arts and Culture board is working to secure funding. Members hope that half of the estimated $10,500 cost will come from a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the rest from the city.
This mural project is the first step in a larger plan to create a location within the downtown for an arts district through collaboration with local businesses, city departments, the Georgetown Art Center and artists. The long-term project is designed to benefit local businesses and the public by activating spaces to provide pedestrian connectivity and enhanced seating and gathering spaces, the local arts community by offering art market space and artistic and music programs, and tourism with arts attractions.
The plan features four phases:
- A mural at the Art Center
- Artistic metal screening/fencing around the electrical transformer and other enhancements in the alley between the Watkins building and Grace Heritage Center
- Landscaping enhancements/pedestrian connectivity/community dining between Founders Park/Sweet Lemon and the Watkins building
- Artistic archway into the “arts district” and enhancement to public restrooms near Grace Heritage.