Student artists painting mural in downtown Waco

Posted: 5:02 PM, Jun 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-14 22:05:19Z
Student artists painting mural in downtown Waco

Downtown Waco is about to be home to a mural created by students working alongside four professional artist mentors.

This summer, 10 Waco ISD high school students are taking part in Artprenticeship, a brand new internship program that will teach them what it takes to manage a creative project.

Students will learn how to work safely on a mural job site, calculate costs and order materials. They'll also experience what it's like to collaborate with other artists, their client and the community.

Right now, artist mentors are guiding students through the design part of the process. On June 25, they'll begin painting the mural.

Stefanie Wheat-Johnson is the project manager for Artprenticeship. She said the mural will highlight the development and growth of Waco. 

"We've really tied into some imagery from the Brazos River. We're tying into some of the natural wildlife in the area, but this is going to be a really excellent mural. One that's going to catch your eye as you go down that street."

The mural will be at 315 University Parks Drive, a property next to Bicycle World that is owned by Turner Behringer Development. It's expected to be finished by July 31.

ArtPrenticeship is organized by Creative Waco, Prosper Waco and Waco ISD.

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