Urban Legends SPRAY DC to Empower First-time Voters
WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 19, 2020 – (LATINX NEWSWIRE) – Murals for Humanity and Get Out the Vote will team up with the Anacostia Business Improvement District, the DC Department of Public Works MuralsDC program, and urban street art legends Hiero Veiga, Maya Hayukand, Peat Eyez and Jules Muck, to collaborate on a monumental mural in DC’s historic Anacostia on Tuesday, October 20. The mural will be painted at 2004 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave, SE–across from the recently celebrated Women’s Suffrage mural, unveiled recently by the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives.
The non-partisan Get Out The Vote initiative from Project 270, is an effort to increase voter awareness and turnout, particularly amongst young voters, by flooding the country with images, posters, billboards, and other art in the weeks leading to election day. The project will cover all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Murals for Humanity connects communities through conversations using the universal language of art.
Who: Murals for Humanity, Project 270, Other Partners & Artists
What: Get Out and Vote Mural
When: Tuesday, October 20, 11 am
Where: 2004 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave, SE
Artists, Organizers & Partners:
Peat Eyez: A stenSOUL artist known globally for colorful stencil portraits, large scale murals, and his signature EYEZ waking up inanimate objects on the Street. Peat incorporates his art in various short Time-lapsed Films, helping his audience understand the stencil process and sharing with them his creative passion to wake up this world.
Clark V Fox: Fox started making art full-time in Houston at the age of five and has never stopped. With a Native American background whose father was a professional photographer and a mother who painted, Clark feels that art chose him rather than vice versa. His work is in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Museum of Art, Phillips Collection, Katzen Museum of the American University, and others. In 1992, he founded the Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington DC, which he directed until 2006.
Maya Hayuk: An internationally exhibited American artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She is best known for the bold geometric patterns she employs in large-
scale murals. She has painted her iconic outdoor murals all over the world and, when not traveling, maintains an active studio in Brooklyn.
Jules Muck: Began writing graffiti as a teen in Europe and England in the 90s and was christened into the graffiti art scene by some great early legends. Also known as Muckrock, she has been published in numerous books including Broken Windows, Burning New York, Nicholas Ganz’s Graffiti Women and Cey Adam’s The Art and Design of Hip Hop.
Hiero Veiga: Known for his portraiture and hyper-realistic style, Hiero Veiga is an American contemporary graffiti artist. Hailing from the Southshore of Massachusetts, Hiero grew up writing graffiti in the early 2000s. Not long after, Hiero made the transition from the streets into a thriving career as a full-time artist. His work has taken him all across the world; both on the streets and in the galleries.
Anacostia Business Improvement District (BID)
The Anacostia BID is one of 11 business improvement districts which provide programs that supplement District of Columbia Government services to support a clean, safe and vibrant community.
Since 2007, MuralsDC has complimented the Department of Public Works’ mission to keep the District of Columbia clean and beautiful by creating 133 original works of art on school, business and apartment building walls in every ward of the city.
Murals for Humanity:
Connects communities through conversations using the universal language of art to beautify neighborhoods and transform city walls into message boards that evoke conversations of global issues that affect humanity and celebrates humankind. Executive Director Susana Baker is dedicated to making the urban art scene in a more accepting and open-minded community while tackling such global issues and bringing urban arts into underserved neighborhoods.
Project 270’s aim is to get critical information out through a creative medium that reflects the collective consciousness of the United States and motivates young voters to show up on November 3rd. To do this, they are partnering with outstanding graphic and street artists to create 52 state-specific (plus DC and Puerto Rico) posters. To maximize the reach and overall impact of the project, all imagery created will be made available to the public. All of the printed materials will include QR codes that will direct their audience to voting sites.