About

For ten days in May, a curated group of artists from around the globe will travel to Washington, DC to paint larger-than-life murals at our annual celebration of art and creativity, the international mural festival called POW! WOW! DC.

The name POW! WOW! was inspired from the color filled pages of comic books. “POW!” being the impact that art has on a person; a punch in the face, something that surprised you. “WOW!” being the reaction that art has on a viewer. Together they form POW! WOW!, - a term which describes a gathering that celebrates culture, music and art. This event represents the core mission of POW! WOW!, to beautify, educate and bring people together through the power of art.

Since its founding in Hawai’i of 2010 by Jasper Wong, POW! WOW! has expanded and grown into a global network of artists. It organizes the production of art, exhibitions, lecture series, creative community spaces, schools for art and music, concerts, and live art installations across the globe.

Photo: Emma McAlary

Photo: Emma McAlary

SHARING IDEAS

POW! WOW! brings artists together from the far corners of the country and throughout the world to create larger than life works of art. Murals from artists, who may only visit Washington, DC this one time, live on long after they've left.

Photo: Emma McAlary

Photo: Emma McAlary

EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY

Each year we try to involve more and more aspects of the community with our festival. Our goal is to share what we do with as many people in the city as we can. We provide a number of guided tours of the mural sites during and after the festival, giving attendees a chance to see each artists' process.  

Photo: Emma McAlary

Photo: Emma McAlary

BEAUTIFY THE CITY

Our goal is to make the city a brighter and more vibrant place, while sharing art and creativity from around the world. Each year we strive to bring more and more artists together to paint our city.

Photo: April Greer

Photo: April Greer

INSPIRE YOUTH

Our family friendly opening event gives the youth a chance to get involved. Families and groups of friends can come and be inspired, eat, drink and dance and then venture out into the neighborhood to tour the mural sites as artists work. We hope to inspire the next crop of creators in Washington, DC. 

HOW DO I COME TO POW! WOW!?

Is it your first time coming to POW! WOW! ? Did you come out last year and had no idea what to do? You're in luck, events page has everything you need to know about how to get the most out of POW! WOW! DC.


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