In Coworking, Downtown Arlington
Here at CenterSpace we’re not just a one-of-a-kind co-working venue, we’ve also got a one-of-a-kind building! In early 2018, the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation (DAMC) launched the Downtown Arlington Mural Project to help put a unique stamp (or three) on the burgeoning downtown Arlington area. Downtown Arlington, which was officially named the “Arlington Cultural District” by the Texas Commission of the Arts back in 2016, is already home to longstanding cultural institutions like Levitt Pavilion, Theatre Arlington, Arlington Museum of Art, Symphony Arlington, Arlington Music Hall, the Downtown Library, Knapp Heritage Park, Miss Persis Studio of Dance, and the University of Texas at Arlington, and the DAMC aims to continue Arlington’s tradition of fostering and empowering local artists as well as being a town that stands out in the great wide space between Dallas and Fort Worth.
 

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.”

Artist Trey Wilder – Image Courtesy of Frankie Garcia III and DAMC

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.

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