- Associated Press - Sunday, January 26, 2014

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - Graffiti artists have taken their talents and message to Pine Ridge where they painted a large mural that includes Chief Red Cloud.

Derek “Focus” Smith says the goal is to create beauty in an area where people face challenges every day.

He told the Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/KGlXjz ) that beautifying the community adds quality of life.

Smith, Sara Levy and Aaron “AMP” Pearcy formed the nonprofit group About This Life Inc., with a goal of spreading hope, love and inspiration through art to those in need.

Smith and Pearcy transformed the side of an old Pine Ridge building that operates as a video store from bland bricks to a vibrant piece of artwork.

They plan to hold events using various art forms in hopes of strengthening communities and creating awareness.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com