Through the Artscapes initiative, Keep Denton Beautiful has worked with the following artists to create a series of new public murals:
Travis Sykes – Mural at Bell Avenue and Sherman Drive (completed April 2016)
Shay McAnally – Mural at Bonnie Brae and Scripture Streets (completed March 2016)
Mick Burson – Mural on the SCRAP Denton building – corner of Bell Avenue and Sycamore (completed May 2015)
Dan Colcer – Mural underneath Union Pacific Railroad crossing near intersection of Dallas Drive (US-77) and Eagle Drive.
Railroad Bridge at Dallas Drive and Eagle Drive
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.
Related articles and resources:
Graffiti Prevention: Creating a Community Mural (from Keep America Beautiful)
Charting the Multiple Meanings of Blight – Executive Summary (from Keep America Beautiful)
How are sites and artists selected?
Mural locations and artists are selected in collaboration with Keep Denton Beautiful’s Mural Art Committee, which consists of volunteer community members who are passionate about the work of KDB, and support efforts to beautify our city. Committee members specifically look at the following when selecting both artists and sites for new projects:
- Site ownership and permissions
- Overall cost
- Potential visibility and impact to the community
- Relevance to the primary goals of the initiative (beautification, graffiti abatement, and fostering community pride)
To learn more about committee membership, and to complete a committee member application, click here.
How is this being funded?
Funding for the Artscapes murals is made possible entirely through support from sponsorships and community donations. To make a tax-deductible, secure online contribution to Artscapes and support Keep Denton Beautiful’s grass roots beautification efforts, click here.