Perry Frank, PhD, began documenting the public murals in the nation’s capital in 1997. The contemporary mural cycle came to Washington in the 1970s, inspired by socially conscious art that began in Chicago and soon spread across the country. Over the decades, scores of murals for varied purposes and in a variety of styles have appeared throughout the city, shaping neighborhoods and transmitting diverse histories and traditions.

For nearly 20 years our team has made DC’s magnificent public art more accessible and meaningful through tours, public programs, and exhibitions. Our large archive ensures the preservation of this aesthetic and social record for future generations. This Crowd Source initiative is dedicated to a special purpose—the publication of a coffee table book that will reproduce our grand and historic public art, tell the stories of its creation, and introduce the artists in their own words.

Our funding goal is $25,000. The majority of our fundraising campaign will support publication of the book, which will display our most important murals, drawn from all eight wards and many neighborhoods and spanning the nearly 50 years of public murals in DC. The remainder will contribute to our public programs.

Please donate now through PayPal or check. Of course, all gifts are 100% tax deductible. All contributors will be listed in the book and will be honored at a free public event.

$10-$25–Handwritten thank you note signed by myself and our team
$25-$50–A signed, 5×7 mural print of your choice
$50-$100—A selection of four signed, 5×7 prints of your choice
$100-$300 A framed, signed 12×18 print of your choice
$300-$500— A framed, signed 12×18 print of your choice, and a first edition of the book signed by the artists
$500-and above: A framed, signed 12×18 print of your choice; a first edition of the book signed by the artists; and an invitation to a private reception of artists, DC Murals team, and members of the cultural community

Perry Frank, Ph.D
Founding Director
DC Murals: Spectacle and Story