Next Community murals: Texas and Nebraska
In partnership with the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Nebraska Arts Council, M-AAA announces the next two Community Mural Projects.
Work has begun at the Texas Community Mural Project in Waco, and is scheduled to be completed in June. The project is coordinated through the organization Cultural Arts of Waco. Austin artist Catherine Hart is the mural's apprentice.
Waco is situated along the Brazos River, halfway between Dallas and Austin. The city is the fourth community to participate in M-AAA's Community Mural Project.
"Waco's commitment to investing in the arts and cultural capital, and their desire to making Waco an even more livable community through the arts, will enable the Mural Project to support cultural understanding and celebrate the rich history of Waco," says Mary Kennedy, M-AAA's CEO.
Waco Mural Milestones
The application deadline for the Nebraska Community Mural Project was Wednesday, May 15. We will conduct community site visits in June, and the host community will be announced by July 1. The mural apprentice will be announced at the same time.
Nebraska Mural Deadlines
community mural PROJECT OVERVIEW
Community-based public art is a familiar and well documented field. Like community-based theater, community-based public art seeks to develop meaningful and high quality works through a collaborative process driven by local people often with the guidance and technical assistance of professional artists.
For each project, artists chosen to be mural assistants worked with Loewenstein from the earliest stages of the projects through to their completion, and are introduced to all of the skills used to shape successful community murals. Loewenstein of Lawrence, KS is a prize-winning muralist, writer and print maker. His community-based murals may be found in several places across the U.S. as well as in Northern Ireland.
In conjunction with the Mural Project, Amber Hansen and Nicholas Ward (mural assistants from the first project site in Tonkawa, OK) have undertaken the production of a feature length documentary emphasizing the community inclusive process used by Loewenstein. Loewenstein will also regularly post updates, photos, and video to a blog dedicated to the mural projects so that students and others can follow each mural's progress.
Nebraska Mural - August-October 2013
Texas (Waco) Mural - April-June 2013
Arkansas (Arkadelphia) Mural - August-October 2012
Missouri (Joplin) Mural - July-September 2011
Oklahoma (Tonkawa) Mural - March-May 2010
Kansas (Newton) Mural - July-September 2010
Each mural requires approximately 2 months of work. That work time is spread over three months to build in time for weather and other unforeseen delays (approvals, wall access, etc.).
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