The Plano Art Association and the Historic Downtown Association have teamed up on a new project to produce three murals for the newly designated arts district in Spring 2017. Made possible by a grant from the Plano Heritage Commission, the Mural Project will showcase the city’s rich history as recognized by the Texas Commission for the Arts.

Plano Art Association tapped Joshua King, the Dallas-based artist and co-founder of Aurora, to assist in the open call for artists and overall project management. King told Patron what he thinks of the expanding art market in the Plano and Frisco area: “The art markets continued expansion is being led by the city’s municipalities and some forward-thinking pioneers of Plano. With the addition of a mass transit to the heart of the town and a growing number of major fortune 500 companies calling the north metroplex their home, funding for the arts continues to grow in leaps and bounds.”

Joshua King

The first mural will be located on the east exterior wall of Angela’s restaurant and the second will be situated on Vickery Park’s exterior wall facing Haggard Park. The third mural location is still in the works. The project has an open call to all artists through February 10th. Citizens are also encouraged to submit their own photos of Plano to create inspiration for the murals and to be used in a future public exhibition held at the Plano Art Association gallery.

“The murals are [designed] to help tell the story of Plano’s heritage and how the city began—but that is only the beginning. The real story is to make the public aware of where Plano is going and how the arts are at the center of that story,” says King.

The community can submit their historic photos of Plano online through the project’s website, or by having their original photograph digitally transferred at the Genealogy Center located in the Haggard Library. The transfer service will be available on Tuesdays and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information on The Downtown Mural Project please visit

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