News & Events

July 2017 ~ Shaw Library Mural Project (Near Completion!)

City Arts is pleased to announce that we are now finishing up a large-scale mural for the lobby and entrance of the Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library. The large-scale mural features historical images of Langston Hughes, Pearl Bailey, and Supreme Court Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, who all left their mark on the Shaw area; the installation will also include a portrait of Watha T. Daniel, a civil rights activist and leader important to the Shaw area in the 1960s and 1970s and for whom the Library was named. Installation is expected to happen over Labor Day weekend in 2017.

2013 ~ Elizabeth Taylor Mural

City Arts' founder Byron Peck completed, along with the help of fellow DC-area muralist IVO, a large, iconic portrait of Elizabeth Taylor (the actress made generous donations to DC's Whitman Walker clinic), for the Dacha Beer Garden (& Restaurant/Café) on 7th Street NW.

Bread for the City Mosaics and Installation,
SYEP 2012

In the summer of 2012, City Arts kicked off this program with DC's Bread for the City! Our Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) participants worked to beautify and brighten Bread's 7th Street Rooftop Garden with a mosaic footpath. Each student designed and created a series of glass and ceramic tile mosaic stone pavers that were installed to create a pathway throughout the rooftop garden! City Arts is proud of this year's SYEP student participants for their contribution to beautification efforts throughout the Shaw neighborhood and through public art in the District.


Bread for the City's Rooftop Garden Project

City Arts' SYEP students at work installing the mosaic pavers made in City Arts' studio. Visit our project partners, Bread for the City, here.

Washington Design Center Event - September 24, 2009

City Arts was honored to be selected as the charity beneficiary for the Washington Design Center's 2009 Fall Design House, titled "Potomac Fever."  Eight top designers decorated the rooms, each themed after a Washington, DC historic district.  City Arts student apprentices created a mural featuring the eight districts that was displayed at the entrance to the Design House.  They also created customized artworks that were featured throughout the eight rooms.  The Design House was unveiled on Thursday, September 24, 2009.  All proceeds from the opening event celebration went to benefit City Arts.  Click here for more information.

DC Councilmember Jim Graham & City Arts Founder/Artistic Director G. Byron Peck in front of the Columbia Heights mural.