Creative Waco looking to bring more art to city as part of master plan

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 5:25 AM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Waco is already home to plenty of statues and murals, but a local organization is working on a plan to bring even more art to the city.

Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Waco is planning to create a public art master plan. The plan will take a look at what art is already in the city, and get an idea of what people do, and do not, want to see.

Creative Waco said having a master plan is important because while it won’t give specific examples of art, it will be a guide for the city as it makes future decisions about art.

Amanda Dyer, director of public art and development for Creative Waco, said the art should reflect the values, history and all facets of a community. That’s why it is important for people to get involved.

There is already a lot of art downtown, like the statues along the Riverwalk and the steers near the Suspension Bridge, but one of the goals of the plan is to bring art to other areas of the city.

“That’s what this process will help us to do, to look at kind of where the gaps are, as far as the different types of sculptures, but also geographically, different types of art,” dyer said.

As part of the grant, dyer said the city will hire a consultant to help determine how exactly the public will get involved, whether that’s a survey, public meetings or other ways. If you’d like to participate in the process, you can sign up online.

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