Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary

Banji Iyun an Katherine Karr work on the World Music Mural
Photo by Mary Butkus

Sophomores Banji Iyun (foreground) and Katherine Karr work on the “World Music Mural” May 3 in the parking lot of the Casa Loma Ballroom in St. Louis. The 125-foot-long mural was designed and created by 28 Hispanic teens who comprise the Southside Tutoring/Mentoring Program’s youth group, with support from 27 volunteer tutors from the University coordinated by Virginia Braxs, Spanish lecturer in Romance languages and literatures in Arts & Sciences. Eric Repice, graduate student in anthropology in Arts & Sciences, was one of the lead artists on the project, which was officially unveiled May 4 during a Cinco de Mayo celebration.