So there was an event called “Pow! Wow! DC!” and it basically was my wall crawl dreams come to life…
Pow! Wow! is an international street art movement where artists get together to host mural festivals and help make neighborhoods across the globe look beautiful. It’s a movement that’s already taken place in cities like Austin, Hong Kong and Honolulu, and now DC was added to that growing list!
Over the course of 10 days, local artists like No Kings Collective, Cory Oberndorfer and Decoy, along with international artists like INSA and caratoes, went to work making NoMa colorful by painting murals over abandoned buildings, bike trails, and even making the old Ibiza nightclub look good.
Pow! Wow! DC organizers NoMa BID and local artist Kelly Towles hosted a couple happy hour tours so people could catch the muralists in progress during the 10 days of their work, and luckily I was able to attend one with my boyfriend Cesar and some friends right before Memorial Weekend. At that point, the artists weren’t quite wrapped up, but I loved everything I saw so much that I ended up stopping by again after all the murals were finalized. Here are some photos from both times I visited:
For a full listing of Pow! Wow! DC artists, visit the Pow! Wow! blog,
or check out some cool videos and photos on Instagram.
I’ve spent a lot of time scrolling through photos under Instagram hashtags like #StudioDIYwallcrawl, #ABMlovesmurals and #Ihavethisthingwithwalls and jealously wondering why DC can’t be on LA’s level with the patterned street art murals.
It turns out I’m wrong.
Over the last few months, I’ve attempted to hit up as many of the murals that we do have, and along the way I’m finding the District has its little pockets of color too. Just like New York, we’ve got a Jason Woodside polka-dotted mural, and also a mural by Australian artist James Reka at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Terrace. We even have a church turned technicolor events venue, which is pretty cool if you ask me. Here is where to find them:
19th and N. Moore Streets (technically in Arlington, Va.)
3500 O St NW (behind the Saxbys Coffee)
429 L’Enfant Plaza SW (the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Terrace)
1309 5th St NE (at Union Market DC)
66 Rhode Island Ave NE
635 North Carolina Ave SE (at the William H Rumsey Aquatic Center)
19th Street NW (between Belmont Road and Mintwood Place in Adams Morgan)
700 Delaware Ave SW (at Blind Whino)
Follow my street art adventures on Instagram, where I’m using the hashtag #DCWallCrawl.