Downtown WF crosswalk project a step forward for local artists

Downtown WF crosswalk project a step forward for local artists

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Tuesday, Wichita Falls City Council gave Downtown Wichita Falls Development the green light to paint crosswalks downtown.

Hand drawn paintings made by local artists will fill the cross sections of 7th and 9th on Scott, Indiana and Ohio.

Cindy Thomas with the Wichita Falls Art Association (WFAA) is excited about the project.

"I think it's going to be wonderful. I love public art and I love the fact that it's happening in downtown. It's different than past local art projects because it's not going to be on one wall where you have to drive around to look for it. Anywhere you walk downtown, just about, you're going to see it," She said.

The local artists involved with the project have been given renderings showing some general ideas for what the crosswalks could look like. It will ultimately come down to their own creative vision.

Residents will get a chance to check out the crosswalks being transformed during an After Hours Art Walk, and will even get a chance to weigh in on one of the designs.

Downtown Proud Director Jana Schmader said, "One of the crosswalk will be a public vote, so the public will actually get to decide what they would like to see in that intersection."

Director Schmader said they will wait and receive feedback after they complete the first crosswalk on 7th and Indiana to figure out what can be done better on the ones that follow.

As the vice president of the WFAA – which opened its doors downtown in 2012 – Thomas hopes to see the progress of the art community continue.

She said, "We were the first gallery down here besides the Kemp Center for the Arts and we have seen it just bloom and grow. We have all these buildings down here that can be brightened up with a little bit of paint and a little bit of talent."

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