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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Launches Eighth Season of MuralsDC at William H. Rumsey Aquatic Facility

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
DPW, DCCAH, DPR and Cirque du Soleil Celebrate Art at Eastern Market

Media Contacts:
EOM:
Doxie McCoy – (202) 727-9691, doxie.mccoy@dc.gov
DPW: Nancee Lyons – (202) 671-2637, nancee.lyons@dc.gov
DCCAH: Sarah Massey – (202) 445-1169, sarah.massey@dc.gov
DPR: John Stokes – (202) 288-7275, john.stokes@dc.gov
Cirque Du Soleil: Aba Kwawu – (202) 625-8370, aba@taapr.com
 

WHAT/WHO:

Mayor Vincent C. Gray
Department of Public Works (DPW)
       Director William Howland
DC Commission on Arts and Humanities (DCCAH)
       Director Lionel Thomas
Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)
       Acting Director Sharia Shanklin
Cirque Du Soleil – Amaluna’s
       Company Manager Franck Hanselman
Aniekan Udofia, artist

 

WHEN: 

Thursday, July 31, 2014
12 pm – 2 pm

 

WHERE:

William H. Rumsey Aquatic Facility
635 North Carolina Avenue, SE

 

BACKGROUND:

MuralsDC will launch its eighth season with a mural by renown artist and native Washingtonian Aniekan Udofia. Udofia will complete his original work of art on the entrance of the William H. Rumsey Aquatic Facility, in the midst of a carnival atmosphere of festivities to include: a performance by TSNY DC trapeze school, face painting, animal balloons, cotton candy, free give-aways and more.

Cirque du Soleil, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, will be responsible for much of the fun-filled atmosphere by providing the face painting and the performers from the TSNY DC Trapeze school and will also give away some tickets to its performance of “Amaluna,” which opens the same day.

MuralsDC, founded in 2007, is an initiative funded by DPW that combats the growing trend of illegal graffiti, by revitalizing blighted and vandalized properties with creative, innovative murals throughout the District of Columbia.  To date, the program has produced nearly 50 murals citywide.