Illinois Central College alum paints mural in cafeteria

By WEEK Reporter

January 12, 2014 Updated Jan 13, 2014 at 11:52 AM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill -- One Illinois Central College alumni is working to bring new life to her old school's cafeteria through art.

Alecia McClain was recently chosen to paint a mural on the walls of the cafeteria at ICC's East Peoria campus.

She was living in Paris when she heard about the opportunity.

Now back in the states, she thought the mural would be a good opportunity to give back to the college.

McClain hopes her painted scenes will liven up the lunchroom experience for current students.

"The walls were like a stark grayish white before and I mean it's my work but I do feel like it does give a richness to the space and a lot more visual stimulation," said McClain.

She hopes to finish the mural by the end of the month.

An official unveiling ceremony will be held the first week in February.