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ASU Herberger Institute Dean Steven Tepper Plans WPA-Inspired Phoenix Art Program

The current landscape of mural art in metro Phoenix is a patchwork of pieces by local artists, artists with Arizona roots such as Luster Kaboom and El Mac, and artists who periodically roll into metro Phoenix from other parts -- sometimes during such organized events as Paint PHX.

But it's looking like some new players may be entering the fray -- as part of a larger initiative conceived by Steven J. Tepper, Dean for ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. When Tepper talked with Jackalope Ranch earlier this year about the state of the arts in Arizona, he spoke of engaging students and community partners in creative projects throughout metro Phoenix. He filled out some of the details when we spoke again last week, noting that public murals are one of many options.

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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