D.C. officials are offering businesses a chance to cover up illegal graffiti with works of art.
The D.C. Department of Public Works has opened the third year of MuralsDC. Officials say the program aims to replace graffiti with murals, helping revitalize neighborhoods and teaching youth about aerosol painting.
The department said commercial sites tagged with graffiti could be eligible for a free mural, if they are privately owned and highly visible from the street. Property owners and residents contribute ideas for the artwork.
DPW spokeswoman Nancee Lyons said the program has succeeded in deterring graffiti at the same sites. Lyons said her goal is to identify walls by May 31. She said officials would like artists to finish painting by August.