District seeks walls and artists for street murals

The D.C. Department of Public Works and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities are seeking donated wall space for MuralsDC, a free program that uses art to discourage graffiti. The program has produced more than 50 murals citywide since 2007.

Mural sites should be on a concrete or brick wall of a privately owned nonresidential building that is visible from the street and has been a target of graffiti or is in a neighborhood with a lot of graffiti. The owner must donate the space for a year or longer. MuralsDC provides artists, helpers and supplies.

Property owners can download an authorization and release form at dpw.dc.gov by selecting “Sanitation Services” in the left navigation menu, then “Litter and Graffiti Prevention” and then “MuralsDC.”

Graffiti artists and art teams are also needed to design and create the murals. All artists must be professionals, 18 and older, with graffiti or aerosol mural art experience and no criminal record. D.C. artists will get preference. The budget for each mural will range from $3,000 to $13,500. Artists can apply at the Call for Artists link at www.dcarts.dc.gov by 4 p.m. May 1.

For information, call 202-673-6833.

House history research workshops at MLK library

Two free D.C. house history workshops will be offered from 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. April 18 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 901 G St. NW. Historians and archivists will show residents how to use the library’s Washingtoniana Division to research the history of their homes and other historical properties.

The event is sponsored by the nonprofit groups HumanitiesDC and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., along with the D.C. Historic Preservation Office and the D.C. Public Library.

To register, go to www.wdchumanities.org.

Banneker Recreation Center closed for repairs

The Banneker Recreation Center, at 2500 Georgia Ave. NW, is closed until April 28 for major maintenance and repairs, including upgrades to the interior lighting system and new flooring.

Scheduled outdoor activities and amenities are not affected during the interior renovations. All indoor programs, community meetings and activities at Banneker are temporarily suspended.

In the interim, other nearby Parks and Recreation facilities offer the same programs as Banneker. These include yoga from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Kennedy, 1401 Seventh St., NW; Zumba from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays at Columbia Heights, 1480 Girard St. NW, and from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Marie Reed, 2200 Champlain St. NW; boot camp from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Petworth, 801 Taylor St. NW; and body flex from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Raymond, 3725 10th St. NW.

For information, go to dpr.dc.gov.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle