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Nebraska’s rich history and diverse cultures come to life through the vibrant murals that grace its towns and cities. Among the featured artists, Breeanna Benton’s “pocket park” mural in downtown Ogallala and the stunning transformation of a park building in the Village of Brule are set to captivate audiences in the upcoming program, “The Magic of Murals,” premiering on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 7 pm CT on Nebraska Public Media.

Breeanna Benton, a professional muralist, freelance artist for hire, and a dedicated mom of three, has made a significant impact with her mural in downtown Ogallala. The “pocket park” mural not only adds a burst of color and creativity to the area but also serves as a testament to Benton’s artistic talent. The mural encapsulates the spirit of Ogallala and Lake McConaughy, reflecting its unique identity and contributing to the town’s visual appeal.

I feel like it's kind of the cheapest way to transform a space. Painting is awesome. It totally changes the mood or the feeling of everything.

Breeanna BentonOgallala artist

The Village of Brule also takes center stage in the program, showcasing the transformative power of murals. A park building in Brule has undergone a remarkable change, turning a simple structure into a stunning piece of art that enhances the community’s aesthetics. The mural not only beautifies the space but also fosters a sense of pride and identity among the residents.

“The Magic of Murals” is set to be a visual journey celebrating the dynamic art scene in Nebraska. The documentary sheds light on a new wave of artists who are revitalizing towns and cities, one mural at a time. The goal is not only to make these places visually appealing but also to attract visitors, stimulate local economies, and make art more accessible to the public.

The program spans across various cities and towns, including Omaha, Lincoln, Alliance, Grand Island, Beatrice, and more. Each mural tells a unique story, reflecting the history, culture, and spirit of the community it represents. Viewers will be treated to a kaleidoscope of colors and artistic expressions, showcasing the talent and dedication of Nebraska’s muralists.

Breeanna Benton’s work serves as an exemplary representation of the transformative power of murals. As a professional muralist and freelance artist, Benton’s commitment to her craft is evident in the beauty she brings to public spaces. Her role as a mom of three adds an extra layer of inspiration, demonstrating that art has the power to enrich lives and communities.

Don’t miss the premiere of “The Magic of Murals” on Nebraska Public Media, YouTube, and Facebook Live on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 7 pm CT. Join the journey as Nebraska’s murals come to life, celebrating the state’s artistic spirit and the magic that unfolds when creativity meets community.

Bryce Harvey

Bryce Harvey is Owner and lead creative at Avid Media. Bryce advises businesses, and brands on digital content strategies, marketing materials and website design.