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Mural Paintings by Five National Legends to Influence Voters ahead of 2020 Election

On October 19, 14th Street Graffiti Museum, in collaboration with Murals for Humanity, Uptown Main Street, Art BLOC DC, Murals DC, Studio 47 DC, DC Latino Caucus and urban legends Lady Pink, Smith, Peat Eyez, and Ron English will create a mural to influence first-time voters and all voters. The non-partisan Get Out The Vote (GOTV) initiative from Project 270, is an effort to increase voter awareness and turnout, particularly amongst young voters, by flooding the country with GOTV images, posters, billboards, and other art in the weeks leading to election day. The project will cover all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Image courtesy 14th Street Mainstreet and the Graffiti Museum.

Artists include:

Ron English: One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books, and television.

Lady Pink: Known as the first lady of graffiti” because she was one of the first women active in the early 1980s New York City subway graffiti subculture. Lady Pink was born in Ecuador, raised in NYC, and currently resides in the countryside north of the city.

Smith: Renowned New York City graffiti writer Roger Smith, better known as Smith, the only living member of the legendary graffiti duo SaneSmith.

Clark V Fox: Fox started making art full-time in Houston at the age of five and has never stopped. With a Native American background whose father was a professional photographer and a mother who painted, Clark feels that art chose him rather than vice versa. His work is in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Museum of Art, Phillips Collection, Katzen Museum of the American University, and others. In 1992, he founded the Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington DC, which he directed until 2006.

Peat Eyez: A stenSOUL artist known globally for colorful stencil portraits, large scale murals, and his signature EYEZ waking up inanimate objects on the Street. Peat incorporates his art in various short Time-lapsed Films, helping his audience understand the stencil process and sharing with them his creative passion to wake up this world.

Hiero Veiga: Known for his portraiture and hyper-realistic style, Hiero Veiga is an American contemporary graffiti artist. Hailing from the Southshore of Massachusetts, Hiero grew up writing graffiti in the early 2000s. Not long after, Hiero made the transition from the streets into a thriving career as a full-time artist. His work has taken him all across the world; both on the streets and in the galleries.

Maya Hayuk: An internationally exhibited American artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She is best known for the bold geometric patterns she employs in large-scale murals. She has painted her iconic outdoor murals all over the world and, when not traveling, maintains an active studio in Brooklyn.

Uptown Main Street (UMS) is a community-based organization that leads initiatives to encourage economic development and historic preservation along its 2.4-mile corridor by building upon existing assets to create a connected, creative, and inclusive business corridor. Uptown Main Street is an officially recognized DC Main Streets program, and a member of the National Main Street Center. Learn more about us on our website: www.uptownmainstreet.org.

Murals for Humanity’s vision is to connect communities through conversations using the universal language of art, particularly urban arts; to beautify dilapidated and forgotten neighborhoods, transforming city walls into message boards that evoke conversations of global issues that affect humanity; and generate a narrative that empowers youth for a better tomorrow and celebrates humankind. Its mission is dedicated to creating an urban art scene in a more accepting and open-minded community while tackling current national and global issues including Voter Reform, GOTV for first-time voters, encouraging minorities to register, the Black Lives Matter movement, climate change, the humanitarian crisis, and many more. Through creative freedom and safe spaces, Murals for Humanity installations go far beyond the canvas of city walls and have a ripple effect on the broader community. One wall at a time.

Project 270’s aim is to get critical information out through a creative medium that reflects the collective consciousness of the United States and motivates young voters to show up on November 3rd. To do this, they are partnering with outstanding graphic and street artists to create 52 state-specific (plus DC and Puerto Rico) posters. To maximize the reach and overall impact of the project, all imagery created will be made available to the public. The goal is to provide an average of 1000 posters per state to local organizations. Posters will be given away at rallies, on college campuses, and in highly trafficked urban areas. All of the printed materials will include QR codes that will direct their audience to voting sites.