DPW Call for Sites for Graffiti Mural

Graffiti is an issue in areas of our neighborhood. What do you think of DPW’s proposal?


For the 2011 MuralsDC program

The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) is looking for mural sites in Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 to be considered as part of its MuralsDC program from June-August 2011.

MuralsDC is a partnership between DPW and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH). MuralsDC was created by Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham to help replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within the community and to engage young people in a legal activity that promotes respect for public and private property.

There are currently 27 MuralsDC projects throughout the District. Each tell a unique story of DC’s diverse neighborhoods while deterring further illegal graffiti. Visit muralsdc.org to view past murals. DPW and DCCAH are looking for sites that are frequent targets of graffiti. MuralsDC provides artists, youth, supplies and all materials.

By submitting your site for consideration, you acknowledge that you are giving permission for these projects to take place on the structure specified. Once an application and a signed Authorization and Agreement form are received, an evaluation of the site will be made by DPW and a MuralsDC art consultant, who will assess the site for feasibility based on the below criteria, space dimensions and the condition of the wall’s surface. Sites will be selected and owners will be notified by April 15. Please note a submission does not guarantee selection.

Criteria for Site Selection:

o Space must be privately owned (not a private residence) and located in the District of Columbia

o Owner must consent (via a signed Authorization and Release form) to donate wall space for at least one year and mural must remain intact for that year

o Space must be a chronic target of graffiti

o Space must be highly visible from the street

What to submit:

o Three Jpegs of the site, from different vantage points. (i.e. wall, building, etc.)

o Location/address of the site

o Approximate Dimensions (length, height, width)

o Name of building owner

o Signed Authorization form from building owner (found of page 2)

o Contact information for owner (phone number, email address)

How to Submit:

Submissions and requests for forms can be emailed to Nancee Lyons at Nancee.lyons@dc.gov, with the Subject line: MURALSDC. Or mailed to Nancee Lyons, DC Department of Public Works, 2000 14th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20009.

Call for Sites_DPW

Authorization and Release FormDPW 2011

3 thoughts on “DPW Call for Sites for Graffiti Mural

  1. Hi I like the idea of this project. The places where I would think it would be useful are not private property: NY Ave/ 1st St park, where the day care/library and the Florida Ave Park.

  2. I think that the city should put up some of its own property for the program. There are a number of buildings that are city owned that are chronically covered in graffiti. At least these eyesores could be turned into something interesting to look at.

  3. I’m not sure how much this would stop the current group of vandals from tagging private property. A few planters and the retaining wall in front of my house were the latest targets.

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