Community Invited to Make Public Art

Student-run project will create three chalk murals that will be displayed around Webster Groves

ST. LOUIS (APRIL 10, 2015) – The Webster Groves and Webster University communities are invited to contribute to a giant chalk mural that will be displayed around town once completed.

The community art project is being organized by students in the keystone seminar class “Plays and Concerts and Inks, Oh My!” which explores the role that art takes in a community.

The art work will be created from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 25 in Gazebo Park, located at 4 E. Lockwood Ave. in Webster Groves.

“The project is a free-flowing community contribution,” said Lydia Akers, one of the students in charge of the project. “The idea is to present those who come to our event with chalk and allow them to express what makes Webster Groves or Webster University home to them.”

The art will be created on three large boards. All ages are welcome to contribute, but artists must either be connected to the Webster University community or reside in Webster Groves.

Once completed, one of the boards will be displayed by the City of Webster Groves, one will be displayed by business owners in Webster Groves, and one will be displayed in the Webster Groves Public Library.

A keystone seminar is a set of undergraduate classes in the Global Citizenship Program. The program is designed to provide an integrative experience that allows students to address complex problems using practical and intellectual skills. The “Plays and Concerts and Inks, Oh My!” course explores the idea that art often reflects a community’s identity.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University ( is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses and a robust online learning program. Founded in 1915, Webster University’s campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional campuses in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.