The Arts: Thank you and more art to come – Cross Timbers Gazette | Denton County South | mound of flowers

Art festivals and public art are a key part of Flower Mound’s arts master plan. The success of the May 7 Festival at Heritage Park is attributable to a variety of individuals and organizations that deserve recognition.

In no specific order of importance, thanks are due to sponsors (Lion’s Club, CoServ, Lowe’s, Town of Flower Mound Parks and Recreation, Camp Gladiator, Renewal by Anderson, MSU and UNT), the Town of Flower Mound Pledge to the arts, the festival-goers and all the artists who made the day more enjoyable.

The event featured art activities, community art projects, a community mural, art vendors, artists and food trucks. Other factors that enriched the day were the in-kind contributions of canvas tiles, wall paint, stones, glue and other paints. Special thanks to Parks and Recreation staff and artist Beth Dilley, who created the mural and the organizational logistics of how an artwork created by 864 people could become a community mural.

In mid-June, the mural will be in Parker Square to be seen and enjoyed by residents and the more than 800 artists who brought it to life. Thanks to each of you.

Heritage Park will continue to provide a stage for public art when the StoryWalk project is installed and will be part of the park’s rich variety of offerings. This project is made possible by a grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. (2020)

TSLAC recently awarded funding to the Flower Mound Public Library as part of its “Texas Reads” grant program to create a StoryWalk. This program will serve Flower Mound families with young children and will feature a new story approximately every month, with hands-on, creative activities that families can complete together, reinforcing the themes of the featured story and promoting creativity and learning. community engagement. Community members will be able to share their experiences and creations via social media and in person at the library. The books that will be included in the StoryWalk will be aimed at children aged 0-12, however, the walk and the activities involved could be enjoyed by all ages.

The creation of this facility will help further the library’s mission to support lifelong education and help improve the quality of life for Flower Mound residents. This collaboration between the Flower Mound Library and Parks and Recreation Departments will provide a means to expand early literacy and family literacy opportunities beyond the walls and hours of the library, and strengthen the city’s goals of promoting cultural diversity and creating an inclusive artistic and cultural environment. environment within our community. To learn more about StoryWalk, visit: https://bookriot.com/making-a-storywalk.

In fiscal year 2020, TSLAC awarded approximately $1.23 million in competitive grants. The agency’s Texas Reads Grant program supports projects that promote reading and literacy in local communities. The Flower Mound grant paid for StoryWalk materials, as well as the books that will be featured in the program’s first year. StoryWalk will be installed by the time you read this article. Come and enjoy public art and education in the main grassy area of ​​Heritage Park, one of Flower Mound’s most popular spots.

Artistic Thoughts: “Integrating the arts more fully into our lives enriches each of us, and because engaging in the arts brings people together, it fosters community. Art and artists are not only in museums or concert halls, but they are also everywhere around us. Anyone can create and imagine a way to make your neighborhood healthier or better. – Tish Carter, Community and Cultural Events Manager

James C. Tibbs