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Students use art to bring inspiration to Louisville neighborhood

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- At the corner of Floyd and Breckinridge Streets near I-65, graffiti often takes away from the mission of Christ Way Missionary Baptist Church.

"We paid a lot to get it taken down," said Pastor Thomas Baker.

An eyesore for so long, but now paint of a different kind is drawing eyes to Pastor Baker's congregation.

Five Louisville students are spending their summer transforming a blank wall at Baker's church into a work of art. The mural is a partnership between Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation and Louisville Visual Art. Studio 2000 allows high school students the opportunity to work with a professional artist learning what it takes to have a career in visual art.

"They've never really accomplished anything on this scale before or worked as a team so it's nice to have them step outside their comfort zone and learn a new trade," said Casey McKinney, the artist who teaches the student.

For many it's a new medium and for others it means facing fears. "(It's) still kind of shaky up here, but that's okay," said Milo Quinn, who faced a fear by climbing to great heights under the relentless sun.

They add layer after layer of vibrant color. Each swipe of the brush creates a familiar scene. "My part is the earth. It's not fully done. There's some more that will go into that," said student artist Zavier Stewart. 

The mural portrays a message that continues to resonate. "That's why there's all the colors, the flowers, the hands and the city scape," said Stewart.

It's a message of inclusion for a city that needs it.

"There are five students working on that, representing five high schools, living in five different parts of the community so they can come together and it might not do the adults bad to follow their lead," said Ben Johnson with Louisville Parks and Recreation.

It doesn't take long to see what kind of impression the bright colors are making on the neighborhood.

"It's kind of cool all the people passing by and honking their horns and going yay," said Stewart.

They hope it extends past this corner of the city bringing inspiration to others by working together.

"I feel like we're kind of divided in some circumstances and I guess sometimes we forget that we're all kind of the same," said Stewart.

It's a lesson Pastor Baker hopes echoes beyond the wall.

"'We rise by lifting others.' And so I want that to resonate through out the city, throughout the world," said the pastor.

The community is invited to a mural dedication that will take place August 6 at noon. Art from the students will also be on sale August 3.

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