The alleyways that connect parking lots to McKinney’s inner downtown square are about to get a makeover, giving citizens and visitors a burst of art along the way. McKinney’s nascent public art program has officially kicked off with plans for a large scale mural to adorn one of downtown McKinney’s historic alleyscapes.
The McKinney Arts Commission issued a call for North Texas artists with experience in large-scale murals to submit qualifications for consideration. Artists must submit all materials to the city by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13. Click over to the city’s website to download and review the complete artist submission guidelines.
A selection panel made up of industry experts, arts commissioners and city partners will select up to three finalists to submit concepts for consideration by the panel. The selection panel will then send a recommended concept to city council for approval in February with the unveiling scheduled to take place on April 12 during the city’s annual “Arts in Bloom” festival.
“We’re excited to launch the first project in our Public Art Master Plan, said Linda Spina, Chair of the McKinney Arts Commission. “The Alleyscape mural is funded in part through the generosity of individual and corporate donors who realize that art is part of every great city; our thanks to all who are donating to our Public Art Fund which helps make this possible.”
The project, spearheaded by the McKinney Arts Commission, is the first public art project stemming from the city’s public art master plan, completed and approved by city council in April 2013. The funds for the $15,000 mural project have been secured through the arts commission budget and private donations.
Contact Janay Tieken with the City of McKinney if you are interested in making a contribution to McKinney’s Public Art Fund.
Images in above gallery are samples of public art murals in Texas, New York and Oregon.