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by Prince Of Petworth October 13, 2017 at 3:15 pm 0


courtesy Michelle Stearn

“Dear PoPville,

I have a story about a DC artist who illegally copyrighted and stole an image co-created by Aja, an LGBTQIA artist of color, and got away with it. We have support right now (976 signatures and counting on our Change.org petition, featured on the NBC4 evening news) but the DC artist has yet to come out and respond.

This case is part of a systemic pattern of institutional racism. Artists of color in the LGBTQIA community like Aja are continuously exploited by their white counterparts, who get away with it.

Here is the article in its entirety.”

NBC Washington reported:

“We take copyright matters very seriously and after an initial review, we determined that this is a contractual disagreement between the two parties.” the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities said in a statement to News4.

News4 has reached out to the artist who painted the mural, but she has not responded.”

by Prince Of Petworth September 27, 2017 at 1:45 pm 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user Gerry Suchy

From a press release:

“The Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) will paint 10 additional murals as part of its collaborative MuralsDC program. This week murals began on the alley wall of 624 T Street, NW, adjacent to the Howard Theatre and at 1210 V Street NW, adjacent to the Ben’s Chili Bowl mural in Ben Ali Way. This summer, MuralsDC celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a new mural on the wall of Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street.

“We achieved our goal this year to complete 10 new mural sites to add vibrancy to District neighborhoods in every quadrant of the city and give District residents and visitors beautiful art to enjoy and admire,” said DPW Director Christopher Shorter. “I want to thank all of the property owners who donated walls to help keep DC corridors beautiful and revitalized.

The mural at 624 T Street, NW, which is being painted by local artists Kate DeCiccio and Rose Jaffe, was donated by Right Proper restaurant. From 1910 to 1923, the building housed Frank Holliday’s Pool Hall, which was frequented by a teenage Duke Ellington, other musicians and African Americans from all walks of life.

The mural at 1210 V Street, a condominium in northwest, is being painted by Alberto Clerencia from Madrid, Spain and promotes message of unity and cohesion.

MuralsDC is one of several tools DPW employs to curb graffiti vandalism in the District. Since 2007, the program has installed murals in every ward of the District. This year, Mayor Bowser called on District residents and property owners to help identify MuralsDC sites. CAH also increased funding this year to celebrate a decade of murals.

“For 10 years, MuralsDC has enriched the city’s landscape with colorful monuments and provided original backdrops for everything from photo selfies, to music videos, to weddings,” said CAH Executive Director Arthur Espinoza. “But most important to CAH is that we have helped to build the portfolio of many of our local artists and provided them opportunities that have contributed to their success.”

The remaining murals, which will begin later this month in wards 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8, are as follows: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth September 22, 2017 at 1:45 pm 0

Jennifer sends the photo above yesterday afternoon:

“These were taken from North Cap and N (ish), looking south.”

From the NoMa BID:

“A new mural will soon appear at the top of the AVA NoMaapartment building’s western wall. The artwork, by American artist James Bullough (jamesbullough.com), who lives and works in Berlin and has several murals around the District, will be completed in early October.”

Jonathan posted this morning:

Updates when the mural is finished.

by Prince Of Petworth September 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

Sure, it’s always great to have public art, but I feel like it’s kind of a missed opportunity for something vibrant and by a local artist…

Interested to see what the community has to say. The comments on Instagram are generally positive.”

According to Union Market’s Instagram:

“We are so excited to partner with @hirshorn to present the world debut of a new large-scale public-art mural by artist @yokoonoofficial, on the 6th Street wall of Union Market. Created exclusively for Washington, DC, Ono’s new work “RELAX. YOUR HEART IS STRONGER THAN WHAT YOU THINK!” compels us to step outside of our everyday lives and consider the power of the heart over the restrictions of the mind.”

by Prince Of Petworth September 10, 2017 at 10:05 pm 0


1709 3rd Street, NE Photo by PoPville flickr user cb nworks

WAMU reported:

“But the mural isn’t intended to honor Lincoln. That image, in tones of gray, black and white, is almost an afterthought.

Muralist Garin Baker said that the foreground features African-American men quarrying the white Georgia marble used to build Lincoln’s statue, as well as a poem by Frederick Douglass.”

28 Blocks trailer from Phanatiks Entertainment on Vimeo.

by Prince Of Petworth September 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

Thanks to David Ross for sending:

“This mural is by Nils Westergard and is at corner of Shannon Place and V St. SE in Anacostia. Her name is Charneice Fox Richardson. She’s a DC filmmaker. She also lived in Anacostia as a kid. I wanted it to be of someone local.

It’s all part of a series I’m doing called, If Shannon Could Sing. The main street that runs through is called Shannon Place so it’s a play off of that name. It’ll be an art/music pop up at 1102 V St. SE. Many, many programs coming for the next few months in Anacostia. Exhibits, concerts (free and paid), movie series (free), food series.”

Ed. Note: Will post schedule for event series when it becomes available.

by Prince Of Petworth September 7, 2017 at 10:01 pm 0

Mural in progress by Jarrett Ferrier. Props to Stephen Voss and Charlene Kannankeril for making it happen.

“Charlene and I worked on the DCCAH grant application, soliciting opinions on subject matter from the community, meeting with the Tenleytown Historical Society and presenting at the ANC3E meeting. Jarrett came up with a rendering incorporating the top votes on subjects and then took community feedback and revised it before we submitted the grant application. We were thrilled to receive the grant and are thrilled the that the building’s owners have allowed Jarrett to use the entire south-facing wall.

Jarrett will be working on the mural most weekdays until completion around the end of September. We are working with area schools to make field trips out to the mural site and encourage residents to visit as well – 4425 Wisconsin Avenue NW (Han Cleaners/Envy Nails building). We’re putting up some information on this website and, closer to the completion of the mural, it will go live with interviews, photos and other information about the mural and its subjects.”

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