MLK Day: National Day of Service, pick up a brush and paint

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Published: Jan. 16, 2015 at 6:34 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - On the National Day of Service, MLK Day, adults and children are invited to paint public art, and share the work and artistic glory with real artists. They say it will be as easy as painting by numbers.

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden invites you to pick up a brush or a roller on Monday.

LSU graduates Clark Derbes and Mark Fresh envisioned a colorful quilt through the ugliness and graffiti covered underbelly of the ramps of the Mississippi River Bridge.

"We're covering those, uh, I guess you could say obscene language and/or inappropriate marks all over the interstate pillars," said Kia Bickham with the mayor's office. "So replacing it is turning something ugly into something beautiful for the community."

Clark and Mark will draw out the lines with chalk, give you painter's tape, a brush and a roller, and you go to work.

You are urged to wear something you can get messy in.

"There are going to be kids out there," said Casey Phillips, Director of The Walls Project. "There is going to be fine artists, there can be weekend warrior artists and literally everybody can contribute."

Those interested in participating need to show up at 8 a.m., and it is expected to last until 11 a.m. However, if everyone wants to keep going, they are going to paint pillars of the community all the way to the South Boulevard Levee entrance.

Capital Area United Way has a listing of many volunteer jobs you can do Monday, such as help BREC, or help two historic cemeteries, and more. For more details, click here.

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