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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:
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

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.