This past weekend I was walking around U Street in DC and took notice to a lot of the artwork that’s abundant in the changing area. After some quick Googling, I came across Murals DC, a joint project in DC to help minimize illegal graffiti with legal graffiti.
Here’s the description of the project:
Murals DC is a partnership between the District’s Department of Public Works, the DC Commission on the Arts and the Humanities, and Words Beats & Life Inc. Initiated in 2007 by Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, the project has resulted in the creation of over thirty murals that reflect the character, culture, and history of neighborhoods in the District, particularly in areas with high incidents of illegal graffiti.
Murals DC aims to help replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within the community, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. The goal of this initiative is to positively impact the District’s youth by providing them with the resources they need to engage in this project. By offering them instruction in proper technique, the supplies that they need, and spaces to legally practice and perform their developing skills, the Murals DC project promotes respect for public and private property as well as community awareness for the young people we work with. (http://www.muralsdcproject.com/about/)
I think this is a really cool project and I love that DC is taking the time to both honor its neighborhoods and the artists that live in the neighborhoods.
To learn more about the project, you can visit http://www.muralsdcproject.com/.