‘Beyond the Walls Mural Project’ hopes to brighten blighted community

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Better Family Life has launched an aggressive effort to turn a blighted community into a safe, beautiful place by using paint and canvass.

Christopher Green is working on a special portrait of the chairman and co-founder of Worldwide Technology David Steward and his wife Thelma. The painting is part of a major initiative called, "Beyond the Walls Mural Project."

Drive down Page boulevard between Skinker and Kingshighway and you'll see the likeness of some of St. Louis' most successful residents posted on vacant buildings.

The prestigious collection pays tribute to dozens of dignitaries including, Martin Mathews, co-founder of Mathews Dickey Boys and Girls Club, entertainment mogul Eric Rhone, and comedy king, Cedric the Entertainer.

The images are on display in a crime ridden community, desperate to change its image. Green hopes his art gives hope to the hopeless, especially children who may lose sight of their dreams.

The portraits will be posted on vacant buildings Saturday morning as part of a community clean up effort. Residents are invited to meet at the Better Family Life cultural, educational and business center which is located at 5415 Page boulevard Saturday from 8am-4pm.

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