WASHINGTON — The NoMa business Improvement District is hosting an arts festival called POW! WOW! that brings mural artists together for an event that includes music, live art-making events and other activities built around a 10-day plan to paint murals on buildings in the Northeast D.C. neighborhood.
It is the second year the group has hosted POW! WOW!
This year’s artists include eight from D.C.; four from across the country, including New York graffiti artist STASH; and three international artists.
Starting May 17 and lasting until May 27, the artists are creating 15 murals at NoMa locations, including the Metropolitan Branch Trail, the new AVA NoMa apartment building at 55 M Street NE and the District of Columbia Housing Authority building at 1133 North Capitol Street NE.
The DC POW! WOW! has been curated and organized by DC artist Kelly Towles.
“Last year was just so amazing,” Towles said. “The D.C. community really embraced the festival, and I’m really excited to make this year’s POW! WOW! even better.”
The festival is also being sponsored by real estate developers Foulger-Pratt and Skanska, and several District businesses.
AVA NoMa, a recently completed 438-unit luxury apartment building, is hosting an artist’s reception and walking tours to view the murals May 24. Mural tours begin at 6:30 p.m. at The Lobby Project at 1200 First Street NE and conclude at the AVA building at 55 M Street NE at 8 p.m., followed by a cocktail hour.
Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.