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A 'Big Ass Canvas,' and a Cause

Photo by Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News
A project asked random Austinites to paint on a "Big Ass Canvas" today, with the results to be auctioned off for charity.

Outside Tyler’s clothing store on The Drag, anyone could try their hand at painting on a “Big Ass Canvas.”

Big Ass Canvas offered its first community canvas painting today, outside the Guadalupe Street store. The project encourages passersby to pick up a paintbrush and help fill a large canvas (8.5 by 6 feet). It was launched a week and a half ago by Zach Horvath and Travis Chafin.

Aside from the action on The Drag, canvases will also be available at spots on South Congress and the pedestrian bridge over Lady Bird Lake, as well as at a final celebratory event. Then, the four canvases will be auctioned off to raise money for Explore Austin, a mentoring program with an emphasis on the outdoors.

Founded in 2006, Explore Austin helps disadvantaged youth in grades six through 12 promote team building and leadership with stated goals to “increase self-confidence, build character, and develop a sense of responsibility for themselves and those around them.”

Chafin says he hopes Big Ass Canvas can “provide access to art, and have people come out, make friends, make art, and help some people out.” More details are to be announced on the additional painting projects.

Below, check out a short video KUT News intern Filipa Rodrigues shot today. 

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