Duke Ellington MuralAbout City Arts

City Arts creates vibrant public murals and mosaics in Washington, DC, and beyond through a collaborative process with community members.  Since 1997, City Arts' professional artists and student apprentices have created more than 25 high-profile artworks.  The results of City Arts' long-term dedication to enlivening neighborhoods will be seen for decades. View our general brochure.


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Project in the Spotlight

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.

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Exciting new development...

City Arts is proud to announce its new involvement with the newly forming non-profit, Murals DC, which will be dedicated to preserving large-scale, public artwork in DC, educating and engaging the public and providing tours of DC-area murals, and to helping local area artists, among other anticipated efforts. It is inspired by the for-profit project of the same name. City Arts' Founder Byron Peck is a Board Director for the new non-profit. We will share more about Murals DC and its important mission soon!

News & Updates

07.28.2017: City Arts' Founder G. Byron Peck is working with the DCCAH, to either refurbish or recreate his Duke Ellington Mural, which formerly graced the True Reformer Building on U Street NW (see photo, above!). A celebration of area culture was held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, with images of the original Duke Ellington mural being intermittently projected onto the True Reformer building, along with the historic Coca-Cola advertisement originally on the same wall. See more about the celebration here!