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New murals, galleries impact Waco community

Posted: 10:50 PM, Jul 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-09 00:22:51-04
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WACO, TX — The art scene in Waco is constantly growing with murals and new galleries spreading around town.

"When you pass one of these buildings, and you pass this intersection all of a sudden a world opens up," said Steve Veracruz, a local artist and co-founder of Central Texas Artist Collective.

In the last couple of years, more and more murals have been popping up all around town, like the Diversified Mural on 11th St. and Webster. Every mural shares its own story and artist Angelica Veracruz says the murals are making a huge impact within the community.

"Murals in general, I think they are just making Waco beautiful. In the last five years, there has definitely been a momentum growing and a new renaissance of the arts culture has been happening," said Veracruz.

Local artist and gallery owner Susan Sistrunk agrees with the revitalization.

"Everyone is really trying to support the artists so much more now and I think you see more artists coming out of the wood-work and they feel like they can sell their work," said Sistrunk.

New murals and galleries are impacting the community one painting and one wall at a time. Artist Richard Thomas says as long as the support continues, artists will continue to grow in Waco.

"When you pair artists with walls, magical things happen. Artists can make sense of what is going on in the community and get that message out, because it's a huge movement taking place in Waco right now as far as growth and artist are a part of that growth," said Thomas.

The Diversified Mural completion event will be on Saturday, July 13th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.