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Community turns run-down building into art

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Posted: Oct 16, 2012 5:51 PM by Brittany Weiss, Russell Jones
Updated: Oct 16, 2012 5:51 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: baton rouge, museum, art, graffitti, mural, public, old south, artists

BATON ROUGE - A group of artists turned a run-down building in Old South Baton Rouge into a work of art recently.

The corner building near the old Lincoln Theater on Myrtle Walk used to be abandoned, but was taken over to become "The Museum of Public Art", an open-air building covered with professionally-done art.

Kevin Harris, the organizer for the museum, brought in professional graffiti artists to paint the walls of the building with images of people who live in the neighborhood.

"We took pictures of the people in the neighborhood who were coming up to look at the wall. We took those pictures and actually took those people and actually put the people from the neighborhood in the mural," he said.

Marquise McKnight is one of the residents whose face now adorns a wall of the museum.

"It's a good thing for our culture, it's a good thing for out people," she told News 2.

A new group of graffiti artists arrive Thursday to finish painting the building, which will be opened to the public once that work is finished.

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