DC Murals’ Associate Director Cory Stowers received the Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts at the 33 rd annual Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony September 20. The event took place at the Lincoln Theater, the historic showplace that established U Street as DC’s “Black Broadway”.
Stowers is a street artist whose career dates from graffiti writing as a Hyattsville high school student in the late 1990s. He led the evolution of graffiti into street art and has emerged as the voice of the trope in DC. As founder of the mural collective ART B.L.O.C. DC, and he has designed and directed the creation of numerous murals under public and private sponsorship, several on U Street.
One of the most important is Living Time Line: Paul Robeson (2015, 1351 U St., NW), a series of vignettes capturing the life of the timeless performer and heroic activist. A recent masterpiece, Many Voices, Many Beats, One City (2017, 2420 Martin Luther King Ave., SE), is a montage of figures and billboards celebrating the origins of Go-Go, DC’s original contribution to the national music scene. Rare Essence, a surviving band from the early days, appropriately closed the awards ceremony and had the audience literally dancing in the aisles.
Stowers teaches Digital Journalism at Somerset Preparatory Academy DC Public Charter School in Congress Heights.
Since joining DC Murals in 2014 he has played an invaluable role in developing our organization—serving as public liaison, leading knock-out tours, establishing our visual archives, enlarging our historical content, designing our brochures and promotional materials. In 2017 his planning documents were essential in DC Murals’ transition to nonprofit status. To support our ongoing works, click here.
CONGRATULATIONS CORY FOR THIS RICHLY DESERVED AWARD!!