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Public Art Encourages Residents to Love Where You Live

Post Date:04/27/2018 1:45 PM

April 27, 2018

Patti Jett                                                                          
Public Affairs Coordinator
(281) 420-5802 office
(832) 217-9430 cell

Public Art Encourages Residents to Love Where You Live

Baytown residents and visitors driving around town will notice public art popping up all over town. The work is part of the “Baytown Public Art Program;” a collaborative effort of the City of Baytown’s 
Tourism division, the Baytown Art League, Lee College, and other community partners.  

The most recent installment, known as the “Better Block” is located at 124 W. Texas Avenue in an alley that once contained an abandoned storefront. A “Better Block” takes a small, unappealing area and transforms it into something beautiful.  With a little paint, and a lot of elbow grease, the city-owned alley was already looking better, but the real transformation was yet to come. Local art students from Lee College have committed to creating a mural on the alley’s three walls that will promote local ecology. The part that’s drawn the most notice and excitement so far, however, is the umbrella canopy. Brightly tinted umbrellas hang gracefully across the alley, shading the bright light in dappled color. 

The public art program is intended to build emotional connections between residents of Baytown with their community, building on the mantra “love where you live.”  Overseeing the program is the Public Art Visioning Committee comprised of members from the Baytown Tourism Division, City Administration, Art League of Baytown, Lee College Art Department, and the Sterling Municipal Library.

The first phase of the program includes three mural projects at different locations. The City’s Sterling Municipal Library was the first location to have a mural completed, and another one is underway at the Art League of Baytown. 

“The City of Baytown exists to enrich lives and build communities,” said Sabrina Martin, Tourism Visitor Outreach Specialist. “We have to work together as an organization to do that. Collaboration between several City departments and our community partners made a beautiful place out of what was once an eyesore.”

The Baytown Better Block will get its first public appearance tomorrow, Saturday April 28, from 4 pm – 9 pm, when the City’s 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival and 1st Sidewalk Art Competition take place just across the street at the City’s Town Square.

The alley prior to improvement.

The “Better Block” in progress. A mural spanning the three walls is underway.

Patti Jett, CPC
Public Affairs Coordinator
City of Baytown
(281) 420-5802  office
(832) 217-9430  cell
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