Students at Brown Primary and the art students in the Junior High are again working on the cooperative Banner Project, an art competition in which the best paintings are used to create banners that are displayed along Main Street and MLK Drive. This third round of banners, which will be installed along MLK Drive, will be unveiled at MLK Park at 9 a.m. Jan. 15 at the start of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day countywide celebration, walk and ceremony.
“The city is pleased to be a partner in this important Cultural District activity – it beautifies our streets and encourages our young artists to be creative,” said one city official.
Though the program is in its third year, the art created will be a first – students will be painting original artwork from their imagination, instead of learning and being inspired by other styles of painting.
To enhance their original art, the younger students are being taught the science of color mixing and other painting skills by artist Brandy Royster.
Brown Primary students have been working on the project during Enrichment Days, sponsored by Smithville Education Foundation, and the students voted on the top three pieces in each class as the winners.
Added last year to the program, junior high students in grades 6th through 8th used their art period, and voted for their top 10 favorites.
Those, with the financial assistance of sponsors, will be put on the final banners and displayed along major roads in town.
In 2016, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts made the project possible with partners from the city, school district, Richard D. Latham Cultural District, Smithville Education Foundation, Lost Pines Artisans Alliance, Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce, Keep Smithville Beautiful, and We Logo Anything, who produced the 11 banners with art from Brown Primary students.