Duke Ellington MuralAbout City Arts

City Arts creates vibrant public murals and mosaics in Washington, DC, and beyond through a collaborative process with community members.  Since 1997, City Arts' professional artists and student apprentices have created more than 25 high-profile artworks.  The results of City Arts' long-term dedication to enlivening neighborhoods will be seen for decades. View our general brochure.

 

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Project in the Spotlight

Shaw Library Mural, 2018

Byron Peck and affiliate artists (City Arts DC) have been working on a public arts project for the Shaw Library of key Shaw area historical and influential figures (via a DCCAH Public Art Building Communities grant); the works, which include a large-scale mural for the lobby and a portrait of Watha T. Daniel, civic activist in the Shaw neighborhood, for the front entrance are almost completed and should be installed in the next couple of months (we are hoping for July but still have to seal the mural, create signage, and coordinate the installation with the library).

 

Shaw Library project mural (in process)

The nearly-completed mural, currently in the City Arts' studio, which features key Shaw area figures such as Supreme Court Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, Langston Hughes, Pearl Bailey, and Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, as well as the historic Howard Theater, will be installed in the Watha T. Daniel Shaw Library in the coming months.

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Exciting new development...

City Arts is proud to announce its new involvement with the newly formed non-profit, DC Murals (website still in progress), which will be dedicated to educating and engaging the public and providing tours of DC-area murals, as well as helping to preserve large-scale, public artwork in DC, among other anticipated efforts. It builds upon the work of Dr. Perry Frank, a historian who has been documenting the local area public murals for about 20 years. City Arts' Founder Byron Peck is a Board Director for the new non-profit. We will share more about DC Murals and its important mission soon!

News & Updates

07.28.2017: City Arts' Founder G. Byron Peck is working with the District Commission for the Arts & Humanities (DCCAH), to either refurbish or recreate his Duke Ellington Mural (pictured above), which formerly graced the True Reformer Building on U Street NW. A celebration of area culture was held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, with images of the original Duke Ellington mural being intermittently projected onto the True Reformer building, along with the historic Coca-Cola advertisement originally on the same wall. See more about the celebration here!