MuralsDC is a project funded by the DC Department of Public Works, in cooperation with the DC Commission on the Arts and the Humanities, and is designed to provide permanent graffiti abatement to those properties that have experienced or are at risk of this type of vandalism. Since its pilot in 2007, MuralsDC has painted more than 50 murals in every ward of the city. While most of the artists are local, the program has worked with artists around and outside of the country.
With more than 50 murals in every ward of the city, MuralsDC has made a definitive impact on the city’s public landscape. Murals not only help to revitalize corridors, they can increase the marketability of property and promote tourism. Walking and biking tours of MuralsDC murals are requested and led each year with hundreds of people who want to learn the historical and symbolic elements expressed through the art work.
MuralsDC is a visual documentation of Washington, DC’s rich history. Each project is consciously reflective of its surrounding community. Property owners and community representatives have recognized the project for its ability to curb graffiti on property that is habitually tagged. It has become a source of interest for graduate students and others exploring the connection between public art and its positive impact on mental health.
While most MuralsDC artists are local, many work on projects all over the globe. Their portfolios include work in illustration, metal smithing, crotchet, photography, sculpture, car design and art education. Lead MuralsDC artists receive a grant based on the scale and difficulty of the project. In addition, their work receives exposure to the thousands of citizens who walk, cycle and drive past those murals daily.
Since its inception, MuralsDC has worked closely with organizations that have provided a wide variety of after school and summer youth programs and has involved more than 200 youth apprentices and volunteers in the development of mural projects. This opportunity has allowed the youth to work alongside lead artists and understand the process of painting a mural, fine-tune their skills as outdoor muralists and gain a level of respect and understanding for public property.
With more than 50 murals in every ward of the city, MuralsDC has made a definitive impact on the city’s public landscape.
Each mural tells a unique story about its neighborhood. MuralsDC is a visual documentation of Washington, DC’s rich history
While most MuralsDC artists are local, they work on projects throughout the country and many are internationally.
Since its inception, MuralsDC has worked closely with organizations that have provided a wide variety of after school and summer youth programs