PasoPortAll Aims To Beautify Border Area, Encourage Art

POSTED: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 7:32pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 10:34pm

EL PASO - What was once 900 square feet of bare wall on the Stanton International Port of Entry, will soon become an art installation by international muralist Werc Alvarez. Alvarez was hand-picked by the Museum of Cultural Arts Department to help revitalize the historic downtown district.

The mural, titled the “PasoPortAll" works in collaboration with the El Paso PortAll Public Art Project, whose mission is to nurture creativity and encourage the use of cultural spaces to create art. Project collaborators include Gera Lozano, Nicholas Fernandez, Rosario Sotela, Jose Leal, Andrew Joseph Perez and Robert Leal. 

"I think that art has the power to heal and you know, not only beautify but to inspire as well," muralist Alvarez said.

The mural took about eight hours to sketch in pencil, and will serve as a contemporary portrait depicting borderland history and culture. Once it's done, the Paso PortAll Project will hold five free public art workshops for area residents that will educate on various art disciplines. More information of the workshops will be available on the project website:

News Channel 9 will follow the progress of the mural and workshop status in coming weeks.

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