Archive for the ‘Murals’ category

LAYC to Restore Park View Rec Center Mural This Summer

May 13, 2019

The mural at the Park View Recreation Center when it was completed in 2010

This summer, the Latin American Youth Center will be restoring and touching up the mural on the south side of the Park View Recreation Center. The mural is ten years old and is beginning to suffer from pealing paint, etc. The lead artist for the restoration project will be Luis Peralta, with funding coming from the DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities.

This project will not change the design of the mural, however there may be an attempt at touching up the portraits so that they are more accurate representations of the  notables they honor — namelyn Malcolm X, Thurgood Marshall, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Frederick Douglass.

Artist Maryanne Pollock Hoping to Create Tent Murals at Wangari Gardens in 2109

August 29, 2018


(Artist Maryanne Pollock is working to create tent murals at Wangari Gardens.)

In July, artist Maryanne Pollock came before Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A seeking a letter of support for an art project she is working on for Wangari Gardens. ANC1A unanimously supported the art project and supplied a support letter (read letter here) to be included in Pollock’s DCCAH Public Art Grant application.

If successful, Pollock’s proposal is to make collaborative hand painted tent murals during a free event for the community that will celebrated at Wangari Gardens and then to organize a picnic in the late spring or early fall of 2019. Pollock has already successfully done similar art projects in Maryland, Delaware, and Scotland.

(Pollock’s tent murals have already be part of successful community art projects in Maryland, Delaware, and Scotland.)

New Mural Painted at District Dogs

October 3, 2017

A new mural is being painted on the south wall of District Dogs, located at 3210 Georgia Avenue. The photo below provides an idea of what the mural will look like.

New Mural Coming to Senior Wellness Center

September 14, 2017

A new mural is in the planning stages for the Ward 1 Bernice Elizabeth Fontenau Senior Wellness Center on Georgia Avenue. It is in response to Ward 1 seniors who wanted a mural on their building, and made possible by a Public Art Building Communities Grant from the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities. I’m delighted that the chosen artist is Jay Coleman — a talented artist who is helping to make the District of Columbia a more beautiful and inclusive city through the arts. Among the other projects he is involved in is the Howard Theater Walk of Fame.

Below is a rough sketch of his proposal for the Senior Wellness Center. The design may yet change as he continues the process of working with the seniors.

(Preliminary design of mural for the Ward 1 senior wellness center by artist Jay Coleman.0

New Mural in the Works for 3124 Georgia Avenue

March 20, 2017

A new mural is being planned for this vacant wall at 3124 Georgia Avenue, NW.

A new mural is in the planning stages for the large vacant wall on the southwest corner of Georgia Avenue and Kenyon Street. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A approved a letter in support of the mural at their March 8, 2017, meeting.

Prior to the approval, Commissioner Rashida Brown had meet with the property’s owner and with Words, Beats & Life with is the organization that has selected the site for the mural. Words, Beats & Life will work closely with the ANC and the community during the mural process. The organization partners with local artists and community members to replace graffiti with art and will provide the supplies and instruction necessary to complete the project.

No design has been shared for this specific site to date.

New Mural at Rock Creek Church Rd and Georgia Ave

October 13, 2016

The new mural at 829 Rock Creek Church Road, by Waone of Interesni Kazki, was finished late last week (completed mural below). It was begun at the end of September. Like the new mural at 649 Kenyon Street, this mural is also part of Art Whino’s District Walls project.

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Below are a few photos of the mural in progress.

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New Mural at 649 Kenyon Street Finished

October 10, 2016
Muralist Remi Rough painting mural at 649 Kenyon Street, NW

Muralist Remi Rough painting mural at 649 Kenyon Street, NW

I posted earlier about two new murals that were in progress in the Park View area. One is near the Georgia Avenue Metro station (post forthcoming) and the other is at 649 Kenyon Street, located just east of Georgia Avenue. Both murals were part of Art Whino’s District Walls project, which curated 10 world renowned abstract muralists who painted murals throughout Washington, DC.

The artist chosen for 649 Kenyon Street was London-based artist Remi Rough. In very quick order, he painted the new mural on the side of the property. Thanks to the homeowner who had the foresight to plan ahead, we have the great time-lapse video below documenting the creation of the new mural.

Enjoy watching the video!


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