Storefront Art Project In The CWE Interprets Dickens Through Eyes Of Black Artists

Business owners in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis have long adorned their storefronts with festive decorations during the holiday season.

That tradition is getting a twist this year, courtesy of a collaboration between St. Louis Shakespeare Festival and Painted Black STL, the artist collective that formed this summer to paint on boarded-up windows around the city.

Fifteen artists are creating storefront displays that interpret scenes from Charles Dickens’ oft-adapted novel “A Christmas Carol.” They will be in place from Nov. 28 through Dec. 23.

The project, called “A Walking Xmas Carol,” also includes a musical element. As they stroll from one storefront to another, visitors are encouraged to listen along to a humorous, hip-hop adaptation of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge recorded by Chicago-based group Q Brothers. (St. Louis Shakespeare Festival performed Q Brothers’ very loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” in January.) The storefront project was also developed in partnership with Central West End Window Walk.

Read the full article on St. Louis Public Radio.