The Plano Art Association is partnering with the Historic Downtown Plano Association to launch a new project that will bring the first three murals to the newly designated arts district in the Spring of 2017.
Made possible by a grant from the Plano Heritage Commission, the downtown Mural Project will use visual art to celebrate the city’s rich history, for which the Downtown Plano Arts District was recently formally recognized by the Texas Commission for the Arts.
The downtown mural project begins in January with an open call to artists and a citywide campaign for citizens to submit their historic photos of Plano to be used to inspire the murals’ design and in a future public exhibit held at the Plano Art Association gallery.
The public can submit their historic photos of Plano either online or by having their original photograph digitally transferred for free at the Genealogy Center located in the Haggard Library. The transfer service will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays in January and February from 10am to 2pm.
To assist in the artists open call and overall project management of the mural installations, Plano Art Association has enlisted the help of Joshua King, Dallas-based artist and co-founder of Aurora. An advisory council has also been formed to ensure the historical accuracy and relevance of the murals.
Artists for the mural project will be selected in March with final designs released in early April. Murals will be installed in late spring to a community unveiling celebration.