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Lula Goce completes her mural that portrays a female farmer harvesting her crop.

Goce's mural is part of the Zero Hunger project, sponsored by World Food Program USA, Street Art for Mankind and Kellogg.

Joe Pagac’s mural memorializes the late DC sax player Buck Hill.

Shaw Main Streets coordinated MISS CHELOVE’s "She Got We."

A mural by Lula Goce underway on H Street.

Mural Mania

Street art makes a powerful statement

Sprouting up all over DC, murals project bold color and meaningful messages. Many are sponsored by groups promoting the arts or timely causes. The new creations covered here are a few of many murals around town worth a visit in person.

ZEROING IN ON HUNGER
Lula Goce’s mural portrays a female farmer harvesting her crop. As the artist wrote on Instagram, “It is an ode to women fighting every day to provide quality food for their communities.” Goce’s work is one of six murals to be completed across the U.S. this year as part of the Zero Hunger project. Sponsored by World Food Program USA, Street Art for Mankind and Kellogg, the program raises awareness about rising food insecurity and injustice.

MENTORING CITY YOUTH
MuralsDC engages young artists, teaching them the right techniques to create murals and replace unsightly graffiti. In the past 15 years, the program has fostered 150 new murals throughout the District. One of these, "The Wailin’ Mailman," is a nine-story portrait of the late Buck Hill, a renowned saxophonist who moonlighted as a mail carrier. Artist Joe Pagac painted the tribute, located at 1925 14th Street, NW.

WOMEN EMPOWERED
In June, Mayor Muriel Bowser attended the dedication of two new murals celebrating women at Seventh Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NW, in DC’s Shaw neighborhood. One of these, "She Got We," is by Cita Sadeli, better known as MISS CHELOVE; it portrays strong, multi-ethnic, multi-generational women. Sadeli also completed a four-story mural on view until recently at the National Museum of Women in the Arts that addressed the role of women in ecological activism.

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