Fifth-graders Jewellz Menchaca Luna and Htoo Htee Ywar step back from the retaining wall outside McBee Elementary School, surveying what objects to paint next to an outline of Earth....
The mural will be finished in October. It is being funded in part by proceeds from the North by North Austin Garden Tour held last May. McBee librarian Heather Stephens said the mural will spur community involvement.
“It’s a first step for us,” she said. “We want to continue this momentum of partnering with the community.”
The mural is the latest project of a group of volunteers from the Rundberg Rising coalition, which began in January. The group is painting murals throughout the North Austin area, the first being at Harmony Science Academy on East Rundberg Lane near I-35. Group representative Sarah Duzinski said volunteers mapped other assets in the community for future mural locations.
“The goal of Rundberg Rising is to connect youth with public art opportunities, catalyze creative projects and capitalize on our own strengths,” she said.