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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.

Interactive Art Installation Explores Human Behavior on City Streets

January 24, 2017

The Walkway(The Walkway, and interactive art installation at the Reeves Center)

There is currently a public art exhibit on the corner of 14th and U streets in front of the Reeves Center. It is titled The Walkway and it is an interactive installation that is an exploration of human behavior towards others on city streets and in public spaces. The art space consists of a tunnel with each side showing faces and statements of interactions that have been experienced in public. Some of the experiences shared are positive — others are negative, harassing, or hostile.

What I like about the experience is that it makes one reflect upon their own experiences and interactions in public spaces. There is also an online component which allows anyone to participate in the project, which is a collaboration between the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the District Department of Transportation. Through the portal, they are collecting information regarding words, phrases and gestures that are used in public spaces to address others. This is a study to explore what people consider to be respectful, friendly, non-friendly or threatening interactions. While data collected will be used as part of an interactive exhibit, responses will be kept anonymous.

Below are a few more photos from my visit:

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See/Change Video Installation Closes

November 22, 2016

The See/Change video installation along Georgia Avenue came to a close along with the end of FotoWeekDC. Yet, in the week residents and visitors of Georgia Avenue were able to enjoy it, it brightened our lives and highlighted the diversity, faces, and stories of the community. It also received some notable press taking our community to a much broader audience than just the stretch of road between Florida Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue — such as the article Encouraging Neighbors to See Eye to Eye written by Jessica Leigh Hester in CityLab.

Below is a short video that gives an idea of what viewing the installation was like. The full video is much longer than this clip. It is my hope that we can find a permanent location for the installation within the community.

New Temporary Video Art Now on Georgia Avenue

November 14, 2016

img_1832-2Saturday kicked off a week-long video installation on Georgia Avenue by local artist Philippa Hughes. The project is called SEE/CHANGE which is composed of video portraits of residents and business owners who live and work along Lower Georgia Avenue. The video will be projected from within vacant and other spaces and on the sides of buildings along the corridor each night. According to Philippa Hughes, “commuters and pedestrians will see that they are passing through a thriving and diverse community. Video stories told by residents about their neighborhood will be posted online at seechangedc.com.”

In addition to the video, there will be A community discussion: “What are the changes you see?” tonight from 6:30 to 8 pm at Walls of Books (3325 Georgia); an art workshop called “Welcome to Washington” on Satruday, November 19th; and a Closing party also on the 19th at Midlands (3333 Georgia) beginning at 5:30 pm.

This project is part of a creative placemaking project supported by the DC Office of Planning.

img_1831(Philippa Hughes at the SEE/CHANGE kickoff at Tchoup (3301 Georgia Avenue))

The map below shows the locations of where the videos will be located.

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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