Painting the Town: How Murals Can Empower, Inspire, and Educate

NOVEMBER 9, 2021 10:00AM - 11:00AM

  • Murals are powerful. They can positively transform public spaces, provide a visual history of a community, communicate important messages, and even play a role in shifting individual and community perceptions. Austin has a vibrant mural scene that is as colorful as it is rich in meaning.
  • Waterloo Park
  • 1401 Trinity Street
  • Austin, TX 7801

Painting the Town: How Murals Can Empower, Inspire, and Educate

During this session you'll hear from four movers and shakers in the Austin mural scene. With the rise of street art and graffiti in the last decade murals have become more mainstream. You can find murals in every community whether it's a beautiful work of art, a brand activation, a call to action, a visual history of a community, and can even mark the beginning of a new chapter in a community. Each mural is important not only to the audience in which they are created for, but also for the artists or organizations behind the scenes. At times there is a struggle for balance between freedom of artistic creation and paid commissions with the rise of street marketing.

Each speaker brings a dynamic point of view of how they curate and execute murals. You'll hear how mobilizing an artistic community can be a catalyst for public service, remembrance, and inspiration for future generations. Murals can positively and negatively affect a community and the blurry line of preservation vs new creation. This session will provide you with a peek behind the scenes of the mural ecosystem in Austin.


  • The importance of community engagement when creating a mural for a community
  • The difficulties that face curators and creators around preservation vs new creation
  • How muralist create these masterpieces knowing it might only be temporary
  • How the artistic community is using their craft to speak on important issues in their community
  • Raasin McIntosh, CEO & Founder, Raasin in the Sun
  • Raasin became rooted in Austin a little over 20 years ago when she attended the University of Texas. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Communications. A big believer in continuing education, Raasin is currently working on a master’s degree in communications through Texas Southern University. She was also selected for the Mural Arts Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is attending the national program to learn more about art and environmental building capacity.
  • In 2015, McIntosh founded Raasin in the Sun, a non-profit that serves Austin by cultivating resilience through the arts and environmental initiatives. The organization focuses on urban beautification and creative placemaking through murals, clean-ups, community gardens, storytelling, public art activations, vacant lot initiatives, and more. Through previous work and her ongoing with with her non-profit, Raasin has extensive experience in managing, producing, facilitating, and coordinating, mural arts, public arts, creative placemaking, restorations, and community engagement initiatives.
  • Liz Whitington, Executive Producer, HOPE Campaign
  • Liz Whitington has been thriving in Austin for more than a decade, and is deeply passionate about Austin's creative community. She founded the SXSW Art Program that focused on bringing installations to Austin at the intersection of art and technology. Since 2012, Liz has also be involved with HOPE Campaign and HOPE Outdoor Gallery to bring more public works of art to Austin, while also supporting the local creative community.
  • Molly Maroney, Founder & CEO, SprATX
  • Texas native from a close-knit Irish Catholic family, Molly Sue Maroney has never met a problem she wouldn’t try to solve. Armed with insatiable curiosity and keen editor’s eye, she strives to see the world through gratitude colored glasses and to leave it better than she found it. The daughter of a lawyer and muralist, she is the epitome of the apple not falling far from the tree.
  • Since 2013 she has been the backbone or ‘mom’ of all of Spratx and it’s endeavors, working alongside some of the world’s most talented thinkers and creatives to facilitate a prosperous and advantageous landscape for the working artist. Her critical thinking skills, adaptability and intention to serve others served at her compass as she sought to foster the creative development of blossoming artists, giving them the tools and resources necessary to become full-time professionals.
  • When Molly isn't on the grind, you can find her watching old home movies, laughing with family and close friends, listening to great Texas music, learning about a myriad of eccentric topics, admiring the majesty of a sunrise or sunset, or cuddling at home with her loving partner Chris and her beloved son Dylan, the greatest dog that ever lived.

    • 1401 Trinity Street
    • Austin, TX 78701
  • DAY
  • Tuesday, November 9th
  • TIME
  • 10:00AM - 11:00AM
  • HOPE Campaign
  • Artists, community organizers, art lovers, place makers
  • Street parking available nearby. Free parking is available in the Capitol Visitor Garage between 12th and 13th Street off of Trinity Street. Installation and event will be directly across the street. Be sure to check out our sustainable transportation recommendations.
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1401 Trinity Street
Austin, TX 78701