Local Artist Alexander Austin Begins Work on Mural for City Union Mission's Christian Life Center
“We are very excited and honored that Alexander Austin would accept our request to paint once more at the Mission – this time outside our Christian Life Center for all to enjoy. His story shows that help and hope for a better life can always be found through these doors. — Executive Director Dan Doty
KANSAS CITY, Mo.––During the month of October, famed local artist Alexander Austin has been hard at work creating a new mural at City Union Mission. Known for his large-scale murals throughout Kansas City, Alexander Austin is an award-winning painter.
In 2009, Austin was named one of the 100 most influential African Americans in Kansas City by the Kansas City Globe News, was given the Urban Heroes Award by the Downtown Council in 2010 and was named Major League Baseball’s 2012 Hometown Heroes Artist of the Year.
But things weren’t always easy for the talented artist. When he first came to Kansas City at age 27, Austin was unable to work in graphic arts job due to his limited education. When he lost his low-paying job and apartment, Austin became homeless on the streets. He turned to drugs and alcohol to cope before hearing about City Union Mission and finding a fresh start.
“They gave me a place to stay—to sleep,” Alexander says. “The Mission was a stepping-stone for me to begin painting murals. I wouldn’t have met a guy painting signs and had that break if it hadn’t been for the Mission. I remember giving my life to Christ at the Mission one night, and my life hasn’t been the same since then.”
To give back to the Mission that changed his life, in 2009 Austin painted a mural on the wall of the multi-purpose room of the Mission’s Christian Life Center, titled “Journey of Hope.” Today, he is working on a mural on the outside of that same building (located at 10th & Troost) that will be seen by everyone going through the neighborhood. He hopes that his art will inspire others who are struggling, and lead them to the Mission to get help rebuilding their lives.
“We are very excited and honored that Alexander Austin would accept our request to paint once more at the Mission – this time outside our Christian Life Center for all to enjoy,” says City Union Mission’s Executive Director, Dan Doty. “His story shows that help and hope for a better life can always be found through these doors. It is my prayer that this mural will encourage every man, woman or child who sees it. That it will serve as a reminder that we are here for you no matter your circumstances—ready to welcome you with open arms.”
For more information on City Union Mission’s full range of faith-based programs and services, visit cityunionmission.org.
City Union Mission is an evangelical Christian ministry committed to sharing the Gospel and meeting the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of men, women and children who are poor or homeless.
October 29, 2019
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