(Washington, DC) - The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in collaboration with residents from the LeDroit Park community selected muralist Garin Baker to design, create and install this mural in the center of the neighborhood. LeDroit Park is a small neighborhood filled with unique architectural characteristics and historical significance to Washington DC. The LeDroit Park community, although small in number and size has an extraordinary amount of pride and spirit. The mural ties in the historical context of the neighborhood while enforcing a positive message; the mural is aptly entitled “This is How We Live”. Mr. Baker worked closely with the community in the development of the mural and will be leading an arts workshop immediately after the dedication. “I love the results of this mural”, says Gloria Nauden, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. I really feel it captures all the elements of what makes LeDroit Park unique.”
According to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty: “This initiative will visually engage residents through a beautiful neighborhood mural that depicts the unique landscapes, people and images of the historic LeDroit Park community. The mural will become a prominent landmark in the neighborhood for years to come. Long time DC resident Dana Bryson says “The mural is the result of a community effort and it celebrates the beautiful people and history of LeDroit Park. “This celebratory mural marks the beginning of a renaissance that is taking place at the site of the former Gage-Eckington School, which will soon have a green-civic plaza, a community garden and new play garden for the children and a senior community center.”
WHO: The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and The LeDroit Park Community
WHAT: LeDroit Park Community Mural Dedication
WHERE: 239 Elm Street, NW next to the Gage-Eckington Elementary School
WHEN: December 13th, 2008 from 11 am – 2 pm (Rain or Shine)
WHY: To celebrate the completion of a beautiful community mural!