As luck would have it I didn’t end up going to the beach this weekend after all, so I decided to scooter over to Edgewood with my camera to check out Saturday’s Mural Jam and I’m sure glad I did. What is easily the summer’s biggest public art event in DC, the collaborative mural stretches hundreds of feet and showcases some amazingly talented artists. Sponsored by the public art non-profit Albus Cavus, the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, and the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program, the mural has brought people of the community together while giving the participating kids a great exercise in team building and a fun way to spend the summer. From the DCCAH August newsletter:
This summer, through the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program, a team of energized youth have been working once a week to create a 300-foot long mural in DC’s Edgewood neighborhood. Under the direction of Albus Cavus, a DC nonprofit organization, these youth have learned how to finance a public art project, talk to the media, and create art that both reflects the neighborhood and develops strong, healthy communities.
If you missed Saturday’s activities, be sure to go check out the mural which features work by some of my favorite local artists including DECOY, Kelly Towles, and Quest Skinner. The mural is located behind the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center at 680 Rhode Island Ave NE and is only a short walk from the Rhode Island Metro stop on the Red Line.
DECOY at work
Kelly Towles and his creepy creatures
Only a small part of the mural