(Washington, DC) Murals That Matter: Public Art On the Built Environment and a Nation’s Need for Dialogue and Reflection

Panther Party by Sonia Jones

Source: National Building Museum


Murals That Matter: Activism Through Public Art will open on Friday, August 28, 2020, at 9:00 am. The National Building Museum, in partnership with the P.A.I.N.T.S. Institute and the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID), is pleased to present the exhibition that is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be housed on the National Building Museum’s west lawn (5th Street NW, between F and G streets). It will be open to the public 24-hours a day for the next three months.

A National Building Museum representative stated the outdoor exhibition is a response to challenges faced by their desire to reopen the Washington, DC museum during COVID-19 pandemic. It features “D.C. street art created earlier this summer in response to social justice protests in the nation’s capital and elsewhere. The murals speak to the impact that art can have on the built environment as well as the nation’s urgent need for dialogue and reflection.”

One Under the Sun by Shani Shih

The public is invited to join the Museum, the P.A.I.N.T.S. Institute, and the DowntownDC BID on Friday, August 28, and Saturday, August 29, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, for two days of reflection, activism, and enjoyment for everyone. See the murals and meet their creators; watch artists at work; register to vote or volunteer at a polling place; partake in family-friendly art activities; and enjoy “Good Trouble”–themed cuisine from local vendors. 

Follow National Building Museum Facebook page and website to learn of future educational programming that will accompany the Murals That Matter exhibtion.

National Building Museum: We ask that all attendees comply with both D.C. Government and CDC guidelines regarding masks and social distancing. Thank you for your cooperation.


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