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Downtown Jonesboro Association, A-State students partner on mural project

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

If you've driven down Union Street in downtown Jonesboro within the past few days, you've likely seen one building covered in spray paint.

It's not been vandalized, though.

The Downtown Jonesboro Association and art students at Arkansas State have partnered up to paint a mural on the side of the building at 209 Union.

It's the first time the two groups have collaborated for an art project downtown.

"It's in a very visible spot so as everybody comes by, you'll be able to see more and more of it," Steven Trotter said.

Trotter, the design committee chairperson for the Downtown Jonesboro Association said A-State professor Melissa Wilkinson created a drawing that inspired the mural.

She's guiding the students on the project.

"She walked them through the grid process of how to get it from the piece of paper up onto the wall. You can see they are partway through with that process right now, with putting all the grid up and the first layers of the drawings," Trotter said. "Slowly, we'll start to see the color on there. They're actually learning how to paint a mural as part of this class."

The students will be out every morning from 8 to 11 for the next four weeks working on the mural.

Trotter said they are planning more art projects like this for the future. 

According to the Downtown Jonesboro Association, the mural project was funded by a grant provided by Walmart Community Foundation, as well as contributions by Beck Children’s Clinic and the West End Neighborhood Association.

In addition to the grant, DJA volunteers worked with the local Sherwin Williams to secure paint and art supplies for the A-State art students.

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