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WATCH FIRST! The Midnight Forum- a case study

Introduction video to my final projct for Comm 397 Hip Hop for Social Change at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Midnight Forum: Murals That Inspire the Youth

Here is a mini documentary called "Midnight Forum: Murals that Inspire the Youth" that features staff members at the Midnight Forum program talking about why the Murals D.C. program is so important to D.C. youth and leads to positive change in their community. This non-profit promotes graffiti as art instead of vandalism, and considers it an important form of self-expression for these youth.

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Brochure for Murals D.C.

Brochure for Murals D.C. | DC Mural Initiative | Scoop.it

Here is an example of what the brochures handed out to anyone interested in knowing more look like. This particular brochure is from the 2009 addition to the murals.

Due to limitations of one picture per Scoop It post, I only posted one of the pages of the brochure. The other side of this brochure can be found here: 

http://muralsdc.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/muralsdc_2009brochure_final-side-1.jpg



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Murals DC Celebrates Community Empowering Art: DCist

Murals DC Celebrates Community Empowering Art: DCist | DC Mural Initiative | Scoop.it

"As illegal graffiti continues to appear on D.C.'s streets, the D.C. Council sought a way to do more than paint over it and send the taggers to jail, only to repeat the process again and again. Council member Jim Graham's office contacted The Midnight Forum, a non-profit with a mission to empower youth through hip-hop, through both the entertainment side as well as teaching business and life skills."

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A bold experiment in urban art

A bold experiment in urban art | DC Mural Initiative | Scoop.it
Through the MuralsDC program, legal graffiti artists have partnered with local youth groups to create vibrant, thought-provoking and contemporary works around the city.
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Legal graffiti artists create murals around Washington, D.C. as past of MuralsDC

Legal graffiti artists create murals around Washington, D.C. as past of MuralsDC | DC Mural Initiative | Scoop.it
Art lovers, meet the city's legal graffiti initiative, a program responsible for the creation of 20 of Washington's most vibrant, thought-provoking and contemporary outdoor works.

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Mural (non)Controversy ABC7 - 8/25/09 - From Edgewood to the Edge of the World

One of the few known opposers of the mural project

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Has D.C. Grafitti Scene Been Tamed by Nonprofits, Art Galleries, and Party Planners? - Washington City Paper

Has D.C. Grafitti Scene Been Tamed by Nonprofits, Art Galleries, and Party Planners? - Washington City Paper | DC Mural Initiative | Scoop.it

An article debating whether non profits are ruining the spirit of street tagging

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About MuralsDC

About MuralsDC | DC Mural Initiative | Scoop.it
The MuralsDC project replaces illegal graffiti with artistic works, to revitalize sites within the community and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. The goal of this initiative is t...
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The Midnight Forum

Here is a very rudimentary example of my in-class powerpoint on The Midnight Forum. Unfortunately the site I uploaded it to doesn't let me keep all the bells and whistles, but it works! If you are interested in seeing the actual powerpoint, let me know in the comments below.

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Graham Kicks Off Anti-Graffiti Mural Program | Jim Graham -- Ward 1 Councilmember

Graham Kicks Off Anti-Graffiti Mural Program | Jim Graham -- Ward 1 Councilmember | DC Mural Initiative | Scoop.it

Councilman Graham has played a huge role in the D.C. mural efforts. This article can be found on his official website, and it describes the beginnings of the mural project, which began in July of 2007

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BBC News - World News America - Washington DC street murals paint the town

BBC News - World News America - Washington DC street murals paint the town | DC Mural Initiative | Scoop.it

BBC World News America covers the DC murals!

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City Full of Walls 2009

Based in Washington DC, the Words Beats & Life mural program harnesses the energy of youth and directs it towards the walls with the guidance of acclaimed street artists, from a diverse variety of creative backgrounds.

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Murals DC Treatment

Here is a video produced by one of the other groups working on the mural called words, beats, and life

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Graffiti in D.C. increasing. So are the causes.

Graffiti in D.C. increasing. So are the causes. | DC Mural Initiative | Scoop.it
The District is on track to spend twice as much as last year to remove graffiti from public and private buildings.
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MuralsDC Art Exhibit Open to the Public until Sept. 13

MuralsDC Art Exhibit Open to the Public until Sept. 13 | DC Mural Initiative | Scoop.it

The latest update on the Mural Project, MuralsDC hosts an art exhibit that consists of replicas of the murals installed in the summer of 2011.

 

The newest mural locations include:

15th and Girard Street,

745 8th St and Edgewood St.,

813 South Street,

1742 Kalorama Road,

1640 Good Hope Road,

3222 11th St. and McCormack Drive,

Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue,

and 1213 U Street.

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D.C. Mural Jam Aims to Create Positive Venue for Graffiti Art

D.C. Mural Jam Aims to Create Positive Venue for Graffiti Art | DC Mural Initiative | Scoop.it

D.C Mural Jam 

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