Monday, May 16, 2011

Altria Workers Expand Cleanup Effort to Richmond's Arts District

Altria workers are taking part in another event Friday to help clean up parts of the city.

The employees, who are picking up trash and planting flowers on Broad St. from 6th Street to Belvidere, are working to ensure the corridor is welcoming to visitors and residents.

Officials say the area is a crucial gateway to Richmond's Arts District, which includes CenterStage, The National, Shockoe Bottom, art galleries and restaurants.

Additionally, Altria employees will paint four new murals designed by local artists. They will also paint Richmond-inspired visuals on traffic utility boxes.

The event is part of Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup program, which has been supported by Philip Morris for over 60 years.

The Great American Cleanup is the nation's largest community improvement program and takes place annually from March 1 through May 31. The event has more than three million volunteers across the country.

Click here to view the CBS 6 News video.