Our nation's Capitol is home to much more than stuffy politicians and a slightly orange Commander-in-Chief. Aside from amazing free admission museums, it also has a pretty great street art scene, which is free too!
One of the major contributors to the DC street art scene in recent times has been Pow!Wow!DC, which was held over the summer for its 2nd year. It drew international talent as well as local artists. Led by District artist Kelly Towles, along with other partners and volunteers, the event has brought some great murals to the streets, particularly around the NOMA neighborhood.
In the past two years, artists such as Madsteez, Drew Merritt, Wooden Wave, and others have managed to make the DC streets just a little bit brighter. And we are so thankful for their efforts.
In addition to the mural festivals, there is always rotating works to be found on the DC streets. Some hotspots for this outdoor museum of art are Blagden Alley (aka DC Mural Alley), the O Street Studios, and The Fridge (516 1/2 8th Street SE). Furthermore, curators of walls such as Murals DC, add to the broad range of work to be seen.
So, if you are heading to Washington, DC, check out the museums and brush up on your American history, but be sure to leave some time to explore the beauty to be found on the streets. You won't be disappointed. What are you waiting for?