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Conversations With Creative Waco - Richard C. Thomas, Ira Watkins and Chesley Smith

This week on Conversations With Creative Waco, host Rae Jefferson interviews three legendary artists who are painting murals in Waco this Summer. 

Ira Watkins and Chesley Smith have partnered to design a 300-foot mural in South Waco chronicling a significant portion of the city's history, beginning with the infamous 1953 Waco tornado. The mural is at Diversified Product Development on Webster Avenue and was organized by local nonprofit Waco Cultural Arts. 

New-Orleans based artist Richard C. Thomas is in Waco for the summer working with a group of high school students for the ArtPrenticeship program. They are painting a mural on the side of Brotherwell Brewing in East Waco. 

The finished mural will be unveiled at the ArtPrenticeship Mural Wrap Party at 6 pm on August 3 at Brotherwell Brewery.

Catch the next Conversations with Creative Waco on Friday, August 23rd.  


Produced by Kateleigh Mills. 

Kateleigh joined KWBU in January 2019. She is an Oklahoma native that is making the move to Waco after working as an All Things Considered host and producer at affiliate KOSU Radio in Oklahoma City. She is a former NPR Next Generation Radio Fellow, a Society of Professional Journalists award winner, an Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame recipient for ‘Outstanding Promise in Journalism’ and the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association’s 2017 recipient for ‘College Newspaper Journalist of the Year.’ After finishing up her journalism degree early she decided to use her first year out of college to make the transition from print media to public radio. She is very excited to have joined KWBU and she is looking forward to all the opportunities it will bring - including providing quality journalism to all Texans.
Rae Jefferson, host of Conversations With Creative Waco, is a creative, Netflix binger, and marketing professional, in that order.