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Artists give back to community with all day ‘Paint Jam’

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 The inside out by Dimitris Manis

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What happens when hip-hop social activists and a community-minded artists’ collective join forces? Well, you get a fabulous neighborhood project, such as last weekend’s all-day “paint jam” hosted by Words Beats & Life and Albus Cavus. Dozens of artists of all ages came out to the Edgewood community mural in Northeast DC to give the wall a fresh look, with new pieces that ran the gamut from inspirational to humorous.

DC Focused contributors were on hand to document the event as part of our first “story-telling challenge” meetup. [More photos in our flickr pool]

For some of the artists, their work was deeply personal.

Charles Jean-Pierre (pictured directly below), a Haitian-American who grew up in Chicago, was a fine art major but says he got his start doing graffiti in the streets. Street art, he says, is “about taking something dirty and making it beautiful.”

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Charles by Joe Newman

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Untitled by Dwight Jefferson

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Paint Jam by Victoria Pickering

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Waking Up the Rooster by Clif Burns

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Untitled by Peter T.

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Waiting for More by Daniel Gaush

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Paint Jam by Joe Newman

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Edgewood to the Edge of the World Mural in DC by Diana Lim

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94 by Clif Burns

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Untitled by Chris

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Graffiti Pool by Dimitris Manis

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Untitled by Dwight Jefferson

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Paint Jam by Victoria Pickering

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