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Artscapes is a community beautification initiative created to inspire civic pride and abate graffiti in Denton’s public spaces by painting new murals throughout the city.
In 2014, Keep Denton Beautiful, with input from Denton volunteers and neighborhoods, launched an effort to create painted mural artwork in key gateway points and neighborhood areas around Denton.
The Artscapes Mural Art Initiative targets high traffic and graffiti-prone sites for new murals, using a street art aesthetic to achieve the following goals:
Dan Black – Foundations of Our History at railroad underpass at Robertson Street and Bell Avenue
Committee members specifically look at the following when selecting both artists and sites for new projects:
Nationally, public mural art has shown to be effective for beautifying sites that are chronically prone to graffiti. Keep America Beautiful affiliates – like Keep Denton Beautiful – have had great success with this approach around the country, creating more beautiful public spaces and instilling community pride in the process. This strategy is the foundation of the Artscapes Mural Initiative.