Allison Blood, KMOX News

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOX) -An initiative by mayors from cities up and won the Mississippi River has taken an artistic form in St. Louis this week.

At the Regional Arts Commission in University City, a giant map of the river blankets the floor, and pictures of commerce and recreation along the river cover the walls.

It’s an effort to explain the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative; a push to get federal funding to preserve the river.

Commission Director Jill McGuire says it exhibit will be in St. Louis until Monday, and then move to Alton.

River 2“If you don’t get a chance to see it here in St. Louis, you should go see it in Alton, because it’s really beautiful,” she says.

The exhibit has been moving from north to south, and will end in New Orleans.

Mayor Francis Slay presented the installation Monday night, saying his long-term plan for the river included federal legislation through the Farm Bill, establishing a National Drought Council, and preserving the Pre-Disaster Mitigation program that plans for flooding.

River 3Mayors from 46 cities along the river are participating in the project. Participating  cities donated up to four photographs of the river showing life, challenges or beauty on the River. The giant map and all the photographs were brought to Washington D.C. earlier this year to explain why the Mississippi River should be a priority.



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