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City of Georgetown receives designation as a State Cultural District from the Texas Commission of the Arts

TCA logoThe Texas Commission of the Arts designates special zones in cities and Texas communities that harness the power of cultural resources to stimulate economic development and community revitalization.  In 2013 the downtown Georgetown area received this designation as a State Cultural District from the TCA.  The Georgetown Art Center and other community programs contribute to the ongoing focus on art and culture in downtown Georgetown.

Main Street Program Mural – “Discover Georgetown All Over Again”

public-artLocal artists donated their time and talent to create a mural on the east side of the Visitor Information Center at 101 W. 7th Street.  The mural depicting historic scenes in Georgetown was designed by Sarah Jane Blankenship and was a design project of the Main Street Advisory Board.  Mayor Gary Nelon thanked the artists who were involved at the September 26, 2006 city council meeting.

Bust of Harry L. Gold

publicart1“Who Was That Man?” Harry L. Gold, Dec. 12, 1920 – Aug. 8, 1996, embodied the spirit of corporate citizenship and community involvement.  His legacy left an indelible mark on Georgetown.

Philanthropist, community activist, beloved family man, WWII Veteran, merchandising pioneer, owner of Gold’s Department Store, 50 year member of San Gabriel Masonic Lodge and Ben Hur Shrine Temple, City Councilman for 14 years, active in civic causes including Chamber of Commerce and the library.  Bust by local artist Lucas Adams.

Bust of Sheriff Henry C. Matysek

publicart2The bust by H. Clay Dahlberg is in memory of Henry C. Matysek, 1918-1974.  Mr. Matysek was the Williamson County Sheriff from 1954-1974, and the piece was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Georgetown.  Sheriff Matysek had deep Williamson County roots and was well respected by local citizens for his dedication.  His office was out of the east side of the Williamson County Courthouse.

Poppy Bike Racks

publicart3Local blacksmith Justin Smith designed and created the Poppy bike racks for each corner of the square. Each piece is different with its own unique character that helps mark Georgetown as the “Red Poppy Capital of Texas” year round.

Sculpture of “Danielle’s Dream”

07-6-6-new-library-statue-photo-webThe sculpture was donated to the City by Laurie and Merlin Schwenk at the time of the construction of the Georgetown Public Library.  The piece was created by sculptor Dan Pogue.

Memorial Bronze Sculpture of “Sergeant First Class Nathan R. Chapman”

publicart6The Sergeant First Class Nathan Chapman Fund has been designed to honor not just the heroic acts of SFC Chapman, but to honor and assist the families of other Central Texas men and women who have given their lives while spreading the cause of freedom.On January 4th, 2002, near the city of Khost, Afghanistan, SFC Nathan R. Chapman became the first American soldier killed by enemy fire in the War on Terror. Although mortally wounded, SFC Chapman heroically returned fire until losing consciousness and is credited with saving the lives of his comrades. The sculpture, created by renowned sculptor Bob Pack, is located on the northeast corner of the Williamson County Justice Center.


Sculpture of “Waterin’ the Work Mules”

publicart7From 26 proposals, a panel of four citizens and three members of the City’s Arts & Culture Board selected Bob Coffee’s bronze sculpture, Waterin’ the Work Mules, installed on the northeast corner of Main and 8th Streets on March 10, 2009. Coffee is an internationally recognized sculptor who grew up in north Texas but has lived in Austin for many years.

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“At the Library” Banners


The staff and volunteers at the library designed the summer programs to show kids that adventures can be found inside the pages of a book.  Nick Ramos, the designer of the banners, captured this idea with the illustrations he created for the library.  The five vibrantly colored banners celebrate the joy of reading with whimsical scenes.  In one, a boy is dressed as a pirate with a parrot on his shoulder.  “Walk the plank at the library,” it says.  In another, a girl examines mysterious footprints with a magnifying glass, under the caption “Get a clue at the library.”  The banners will be on display outside the library throughout the summer.

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