MuralsDC is the source of many DC murals, and the graffiti prevention program has helped spread beauty and history across every neighborhood.
MuralsDC has been in international news for the yellow “Black Lives Matter” painting leading up to the capitol during the George Floyd protests. Since its unveiling, more than 50 municipalities across the world have painted similar murals.
To celebrate Black History Month this year, MuralsDC is posting a mural a day with information on the history of the piece on their Twitter feed @Murals_DC.
“We are celebrating our 15th year and we’ve produced 152 murals across the DC area,” said Manager and Public Affairs Specialist of Murals DC Nancee Lyons.
One artist who has done several pieces for Murals DC is Washington native Candice Taylor. She has been painting murals for around 12 years, and her piece titled “The Crown” is on the wall of Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative and Bus Boys & Poets in the historic Anacostia neighborhood, a restaurant, bookstore, bar, and cultural community gathering space for boundary-breaking thinkers, dreamers, and activists.
“This piece is related to the Crown Act, the piece of legislation that essentially protects Black women and women of color against hair discrimination in schools and the workplace,” said Taylor. “This piece is celebrating Black beauty.”
To learn more about their initiative, follow Murals DC on their Instagram, Twitter, and website, Muralsdcproject.com