Coworking + Art: The Story of CenterSpace and the Downtown Arlington Mural Project
Aldo Fritz, the President and CEO of DAMC, explains the vision of the Mural Project thusly: “As a center of culture, education, and entrepreneurship, Downtown is ready to claim its unique identity not only in the City, but in DFW. We want public art to be a cornerstone of that placemaking.”
Among those who shared Fritz and the DAMC’s vision were CenterSpace owners Chris Tracey and Brian Jones, who promptly volunteered a beautiful blank wall of their building to become the first business in downtown to take part in the mural project. Hometown artist Trey Wilder (creator of the infamous Dak Prescott “Get Out” mural) was chosen by the DAMC to paint CenterSpace’s building and, in July, he executed his masterful mural that was inspired a design that Tracey had discovered while attending the Google I/O Conference a few months earlier.
The mural was formally revealed to the world at a dedication event on September 11th, 2018 that acted as a precursor to downtown Arlington’s new Brewing Arts Festival, which also served as the official launch of the Downtown Arlington Urban Arts Movement. We’re proud to have been a part of such a creative, community-centric initiative and look forward to continuing to work with, and be a part of, the innovative, diverse, vital community that we have here in the Arlington Cultural District.