Original post, August 12:
Six artists are installing just as many new murals in locations throughout the District, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration announced this month. The artwork is supported by funding from the city’s Department of Public Works (DPW) and with help from the city’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities, via a streetscape-beautification program that kicked off in 2007.
The program, dubbed MuralsDC, has led to the creation of over 80 murals since it launched, according to officials. The pieces are located both on government and private buildings. Five of the new murals will go up in Northwest, while one will go up in Northeast, Bowser’s office said. They will be situated in five of the District’s eight wards: namely, Wards 1, 2, 4, 5, and 7.
In a statement, DPW director Christopher Geldart said “MuralsDC helps ensure that building walls are transformed into works of beauty symbolizing the city’s nature, arts, and residents rather than being subjected to graffiti vandalism.” The mural sites and creators follow below.
1925 14th Street NW. Joe Pagac (Ward 1, U Street NW corridor)
3400 13th Street NW. Kaliq Crosby (Ward 1, Columbia Heights)
1232 9th Street NW. Aniekan Udofia (Ward 2, Shaw)
104 Kennedy Street NW. Cita Sadeli (CHELOVE) (Ward 4, Manor Park)
1827 West Virginia Avenue NW. Federico Frum (Mas Paz) (Ward 5, Trinidad)
5600 East Capitol Street NE. Eric B Ricks (Ward 7, Capitol View)
The 14th Street NW mural “will include possibly the city’s tallest portrait, featuring jazz musician and native Washingtonian Buck Hill,” added Bowser’s office. Hill died in 2017.
Update, August 27:
Work on the Buck Hill mural is currently underway, per D.C.’s public works department.
What will likely be the city’s tallest portrait, is now being painted at DC’s popular 14th & U corridor. It features noted jazz musician and native Washingtonian Buck Hill, who passed away in 2017. pic.twitter.com/4Rj39ZOJKw— DC Department of Public Works (@DCDPW) August 27, 2019