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NoMa BID Announces International Art Festival POW! WOW!

1 Portion of Mural Honoring NoMa

“We Love NoMa” Mural Tribute by Master Artist Pose 2. This was the first mural painted on the Storey Park Site. Via Christina Scheltema for East City Art.

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Event: Saturday, May 20 from 11am to 6pm

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The NoMa Business Improvement District (NoMa BID) announced today that POW! WOW!, a global art movement that celebrates culture, music, and art in cities around the world, will return to the NoMa neighborhood for a second straight year as POW! WOW! DC. Organized and curated once again by DC artist Kelly Towles, the event will take place May 17–27.

“We love POW! WOW! and are so excited to have them back in NoMa for the second annual POW! WOW! DC,” said BID President Robin-Eve Jasper. “Last year’s murals are a terrific gift from the artists to the community. They broadcast the creative, dynamic nature of NoMa and are enjoyed by everyone.”

This year’s POW! WOW! DC roster of 15 artists includes eight from the Washington region; four from across the U.S., including POW! WOW! co-founder Kaplan and legendary New York graffiti artist STASH; and three international artists.

  • CHELOVE (DC)
  • JD Deardourff (DC)
  • Jordann Wine (DC)
  • Julia Chon (DC)
  • Key Han (DC)
  • Martin Swift (DC)
  • Mas Paz (DC)
  • Matt Corrado (DC)
  • Kaplan (Hawaii)
  • Madsteez (Los Angeles)
  • STASH (Brooklyn)
  • TRAV (Los Angeles)
  • It’s a Living (Mexico)
  • Muro (Spain)
  • Qbic (Russia)

Over the course of almost two weeks, these artists will create 15 murals at a number of NoMa locations, such as the Metropolitan Branch Trail, the new AVA apartment building at 55 M Street NE, and the District of Columbia Housing Authority building at 1133 North Capitol Street NE.

“Last year was just so amazing,” said Towles. “The DC community really embraced the festival, and I’m really excited to make this year’s POW! WOW! even better.”

The festival — which is being sponsored by the NoMa BID and neighborhood real estate developers Foulger-Pratt and Skanska, as well as a number of other District businesses — will have its official kickoff party at Storey Park (1005 First St. NE) on Saturday, May 20, from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm. The event will include live art-making, local vendors, DJs, food trucks, and more. POW! WOW! DC will also feature several walking tours, led by Towles, of all mural sites, both as the artwork is in progress and once all murals are completed. Learn more at the NoMa BID website: nomabid.org/powwow.

Storey Park is located at 1005 First St. NE.