San Marcos Art League Seeks Young Artists To Participate In ‘Art Scared’ Project

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – The San Marcos Art League (SMAL) is bringing a new temporary public art installation to the exterior windows of participating establishments on the historic downtown Square via a unique kid’s art project titled ‘Art Scared.’

Elementary – High School-aged children are invited to paint a section of a designated window on Saturday, Oct. 24, with a Halloween-themed image. Painted windows will remain on display for the public to enjoy through the end of the month.  

“The town I grew up in did this every fall and it was always a great hit with kids and adults alike,” said Nancy Brown, SMAL’s San Marcos Art Center Manager. “Our purpose here is two-fold,” she added. “First, to supplement the art curriculum for San Marcos area students, and second, to encourage engagement in downtown San Marcos establishments.”

SMAL is joining forces with area schools, the Downtown Association of San Marcos (DASM), and San Marcos Main Street to bring the free, fun, and creative event to town.

The event is made possible through the generous support of the sponsors, including HEB, Greater San Marcos Partnership, Calaboose Museum, Main Street Mermaid Society, the Insurance Agency of San Marcos, Central Texas Ballet, Rick’s Lock and Key, and SOAR. 

First Place Prizes will be awarded in each different school-age-level. All participants will receive acknowledgement and leave the event with brushes and paint supplies to create more art at home.

Approximately 60 window spaces have been identified at participating businesses around the Square. 20 spaces will be grouped and allotted for elementary, middle, and high school students. Interested students and their parent(s) or guardian(s) should visit Art Scared – Artist Registration.

Windows will be assigned to participating students to paint with the assistance of at least one parent or teacher on Saturday, October 24.

Family-friendly imagery and safe social distancing practices will be observed, along with staggered painting times for elementary, middle, and high school students.

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