Artscapes Mural Art Initiative - Creating More Beauty

Artscapes is a community beautification initiative created to inspire civic pride and abate graffiti in Denton's public spaces by painting new murals throughout the city. In 2014, Keep Denton Beautiful (KDB), with input from Denton volunteers and neighborhoods, launched an effort to create painted mural artwork in key gateway points and neighborhood areas around Denton.

Artscapes' Goals

The Artscapes Mural Art Initiative targets high traffic and graffiti-prone sites for new murals, using a street art aesthetic to achieve the following goals:

  • Beautify and enliven public spaces
  • Abate graffiti
  • Inspire community action to keep our city clean and beautiful

Artists & Mural Locations

  • Mick Burson: Bell Avenue and Prairie Street
  • Dan Colcer: Railroad underpass at Dallas Drive (U.S. Highway 77) and Eagle Drive
  • Travis Sykes:
    • Austin Street and Hickory Street
    • Bell Avenue and Sherman Drive
  • Shay McAnally: Bonnie Brae Street and Scripture Street (removed due to roundabout construction)

Upcoming Projects

  • Dan Black: "Foundations of Our History" at railroad underpass at Robertson Street and Bell Avenue
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The Impact of Murals

Nationally, public mural art has shown to be effective for beautifying sites that are chronically prone to graffiti. Keep America Beautiful affiliates - like Keep Denton Beautiful - have had great success with this approach around the country, creating more beautiful public spaces and instilling community pride in the process. This strategy is the foundation of the Artscapes Mural Initiative.

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Support KDB Murals!

Funding for the Artscapes murals is made possible entirely through the support from sponsorships and community donations. To make a secure, tax-deductible contribution to Artscapes and support Keep Denton Beautiful's grass roots beautification efforts, email the KDB Program Manager.


For questions about the Artscapes Initiative, please contact the KDB Program Manager by email, or by calling 940-349-8711.