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St. Louis School Adds Memphis Music Art to Exterior of Hotel Chisca

The Downtown Memphis Commission and Hotel Chisca development team have invited St. Louis Catholic School to participate in a project to help build a more vibrant city through art.

Selected student art banners will be displayed along the fence surrounding the Hotel Chisca to help beautify the long-vacant building before and during upcoming construction.

The Hotel Chisca is where Elvis was first played on air from the WHBQ radio studios in 1954 on Dewey Phillips “Red, Hot and Blue” Show. The student artwork is fittingly inspired by Memphis music and includes funky chickens, Rufus Thomas, Elvis and hound dogs. As a part of the community-oriented project, St. Louis students learned about the city’s musical history and impact in their curriculum.

An unveiling ceremony of the 30 art banners will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hotel Chisca. The St. Louis School Show Choir will perform Memphis music songs for the event.

The event will also tie into the RiverArts Festival, which will be taking place a few blocks south.

Artist/student: Elizabeth Atkinson

Artist/student: Mickey Hossenlopp

Artist/student: Caroline Duran

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