The Jam

The Jam D&D BammerA Driving Force Behind Public Art in The District as a magnet for commerce, creativity, and community

Public Art by Location

Words Beats & Life acts as the lead arts consultant for governmental and private mural creation programs, creating public art for over a decade with local, national and international graffiti and fine arts artists, muralists and street artists. We recruit & train youth apprentices to work under the direction of Master Artists in residency in collaboration with MuralsDC and our own public art program, Fine Lines. In the Summer of 2015 alone, we brought almost 20,000 sq/ft of new public art featuring almost 100 artists from around the world.

CREATE WITH US!
If you are interested in commissioning a mural in the Nation’s Capital, please contact us directly at mazi@wblinc.org.

Identify the mural site. Involve the community. Design mural options. Choose a Design. Set a date. Create the mural.

There’s More than 1 Way to Jam!

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Fine Lines (FL)

Fine Lines showcases the work of muralists, graffiti writers, graffiti fine artists and street artists. We named our program Fine Lines because graffiti artists, muralists, and street arts are united by their use of line work in each form. We value the leaders of each community and the divergent histories that each has trail blazed. We honor and celebrate each form.

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Freshest of All Time

This 2v2 Bboy/Bgirl tournament brings hundreds of breakers from around the region to Columbia Heights to battle for the title of Freshest of All Time and a cash prize! The list is always packed so register as early as possible and show up on time!

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FL Master Artist Residency

Words Beats & Life has developed an artist in residency program. This program includes the creation of a mural, teaching class to Apprentice Students and a gallery show that includes an artist talk back. Residencies are currently by invitation only.

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Apprentice Program

The Apprentices are the student leaders of The Academy. With more time spent at WBL and more finely tuned arts skills, Apprentices literally lead by example developing portfolios, artistic statements, and resumes to bring them closer towards getting paid for their art. The Apprentice program includes instruction, project creation and participation in a gallery show.

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Top Notch

Join some of the best Bboys and Bgirls from around the country at DC’s premiere venue for high arts, The John F. Kennedy Center. Legendary DJ’s spin the hottest tracks while almost 1000 people witness you defy physics with dopeness.

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Public Art Creation

We use a similar process to the one outlined as part of MuralsDC, but we work to give the artist more freedom and control of the work he/she produces as recognition of the sacred nature of their work in creating new community hubs and magnets for attention.

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The FL Paint Jam

Hundreds of people join dozens of artists to transform thousands of sq. ft. of land into a legal public arts mecca! The Paint Jam has created DC’s biggest piece of public art. Join us April 30th on a 900ft long wall! Contact mazi@wblinc.org.

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Capital City Bike Mural Tour

Artistic treasures cover the landscape of DC, but do YOU know where they are? Join BicycleSPACE and Words Beats & Life in exploration and discovery! Which ones were created by WBL Apprentices and Master Artists???  Uncover a new side of DC.

Heartbreak Ball

Not many BBoy/BGirl battles do it big like this one. This Bonne & Clyde style battle is a 2v2 competition featuring girl/boy teams. Register to sign up here.

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