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Legal graffiti artists create murals around Washington, D.C. as past of MuralsDC

Through the MuralsDC program, legal graffiti artists have partnered with local youth groups to create vibrant, thought-provoking and contemporary works around the city.

Artist: Michael Hammond with Midnight Forum

The message here is very subjective. While it's meant to represent the closeness of and interaction between community and family, many observers see a spiritual theme in it.

"Life Makes Music"

Riggs Road NE at South Dakota Avenue

Artists: Joel Bergner and Rashad Cuffee with youth from Oak Hill Youth Detention Center

Striking faces of youth and maturity symbolize how music speaks to each generation and has long been a part of the District's heritage. It's hard to refrain from skipping along with the implied beat here.

Mural near Howard University

Fairmont Street and Georgia Avenue NW

Artist: Andrew Funk with Midnight Forum

The proud image of a graduate seems fitting for this mural across from Howard University and Benjamin Banneker High School. The work literally turns a corner, and images of an older man playing the trumpet and a young girl strumming a guitar pay homage to the musical heritage of this neighborhood, which was home to Marvin Gaye and Duke Ellington.

"Shaw Community Mural"

1507 Ninth St. NW

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