Legal Graffiti

Program offers street artists places to create

By Kathy Banks
|  Friday, Dec 11, 2009  |  Updated 8:15 PM EDT
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Legal Graffiti

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Every year, the District of Columbia spends a lot of money and time removing illegal graffiti from walls and buildings around town.

That's why MuralsDC was launched.

Since 2007, the program has provided paint and other supplies as well as public spaces so young street artists have a legal way to practice and perform their skills.

The effort is sponsored by the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities and the DC Department of Public Works.

Six new murals were revealed Friday. Organizers said each one reflects the character, culture and history of the neighborhood.

“There is an unwritten code of respect that is observed by street artists, which generally keeps walls with art murals from being tagged by others,” said DCCAH Executive Director Gloria Nauden. “We are looking forward to this continued partnership so that we can continue to transform and revitalize other areas of the city.” 

The new murals are located in Wards 1, 4, 7 and 8:

  • Walter Pierce Park, 2630 Adams Mille Rd, NW 
  • 3904 14th Street, NW 
  • 314 Carroll Street, NW
  • 907 Barry Place, NW
  • 615 Division Ave, NW
  • 1320B Good Hope Road, SE

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