Saturday, November 11th, a new educational mural was added to the Rockport Cultural Arts District beautifully communicating Rockport as a Tree City USA.   Rockport has been recognized as a national Tree City for the past 24 years.

Jennifer Day, Executive Director of the District, stated in the public mural unveiling,  “The more I see new additions in the District, the more  I realize just how cool the District has become, a sense of pride for locals and  THE place to visit for many tourists.     Our great merchant offerings, our unique art colony, public art, galleries, our unique museums, restaurants, and events lure people in.  This addition is  both educational and a visually appealing.   It’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for individuals to take that photo op and share it online with the world, showcasing Rockport’s cool identity and its love of nature.  It features our iconic Windswept Oaks.  Such an important asset, Rockport’s’ native songwriter, Guy Clark, included it in his songs, the City of Rockport purchased a critical piece of property and created a park that bears its name,  a subdivision and RV parks are named after them, many an artist has painted them, and many a native bird has lighted on their branches.   So important, 24 years ago, a very intelligent person secured a national designation, which still stands today, Rockport Tree City, USA.    The Rockport Cultural Arts District had the vision to initiate this project months ago, and since has partnered with Aransas First Land Trust, and Aransas Pathways, to highlight and promote their great initiatives.”

Local artist Matt Loveless was hired to paint this mural, the third mural the District has commissioned from Matt, as well as our north and south District signage.

The mural was completed in partnership with local organizations, Aransas First Land Trust and Aransas Pathways.  Aransas First Land Trust’s mission is to identify, acquire, and protect our sensitive Coastal Bend Habitats, which are essential to the health and preservation of birds and other wildlife.  To increase public awareness of ecosystems that are unique to the area through education, access, and participation.  Aransas Pathways offers the discovery the wonders of nature by exploring historical sites, kayaking along the coastline, visiting birding sites, or biking and hiking.