Overcoming Fear and Coming Together: Celebrating @aniekanreloaded’s Bold Murals
To see more of his murals all over Washington, DC, follow @aniekanreloaded on Instagram.
This post is part of Instagram’s #MakeYourMap, a project to capture and celebrate local culture and heritage during #BlackHistoryMonth, which runs throughout February in the United States.
It only took one man, Aniekan Udofia (@aniekanreloaded), to paint this larger-than-life mural of music legend and activist Marvin Gaye, but an entire community came together to make it a lasting image in Washington, DC’s cityscape. The wall Aniekan originally painted his commissioned mural on was torn down, so the people of the Shaw neighborhood in Northwest DC raised money to start fresh.
“I actually like the second one because there was no control in terms of the creativity, the timeline or the style,” says Aniekan, a DC illustrator who paints murals all over his city — no easy feat for a man terrified of heights. “The funny thing is, once I’m up there for a few minutes, I’ll get the swing of it — as long as I’m not looking down.”
Aniekan spent 16 years living in his parents’ native country of Nigeria before moving to the US to study fine art, but didn’t hold a can of spray paint until years after he graduated. “It’s like someone giving you a can of Cheez Wiz to create art,” he jokes. He still holds a special place in his heart for the trusty pencil, using the image as a sort of signature: “The pencil represents persistence. You can use the pencil to the last drop of lead.”
A snowplow clears the #snow on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the #USCapitol in #WashingtonDC. A major winter #snowstorm is forecasted for the East coast of the #UnitedStates this weekend, with a prediction of up to 30 inches in the DC area | January 22, 2016 | 📷: @alexwongcw | #GettyImages (at US Capitol Building)
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The 2nd Annual Teach-in: Today’s Civil Rights Movement
The Darkening at American University is proud to present its 2nd Annual Teach-In: The Civil Rights Movement Today. *RSVP on Eventbrite* *event is open to the public*
This year’s Teach-In is an all day event filled with workshops that highlight multiple topics that intersect with race, identity, allyship, and privilege.
The workshops will lead attendees to deconstruct each topic and together workshop groups will discuss and analyze the pressing matters in the fight for liberation in society and reform on American University’s campus.
The event will take place in the School of International Service Founder’s Room and will begin at 10 am.
Conference Schedule: 10:00-10:30 Registration 10:30-12:00 Introduction and “Race And…” Panel Discussion 12:10-1:10 BLOCK ONE 1) White Privelege 2) Artistic Self Care 1:20-2:20 BLOCK TWO 1) Model Minority Myth 2) Allyship in Action 3) Blackness and LGBTQ+ 2:30-3:30 LUNCH 3:30-4:40 BLOCK THREE 1) Mental Health and Race 2) Policies That Account for Oppression: Affirmative Action and Reparations 4:45-5:00 CLOSING
The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this natural-color image of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. on January 24, 2016. Most neighborhoods in the image received at least 18 to 24 inches (46 to 61 centimeters) of snowfall from the nor'easter that pounded the region from January 22 to 24. The image below is a closeup of Washington drawn from the larger image.
During The Atlas Society conference in DC - June 2012
#atlas #atlasshrugged #aynrand #philosophy #politics #libertarian #liberty #libertarianism #wanderlust #worldcaptures #DC #washingtondc #washington #sony #nex #zeiss #sonyimages #sonyalpha #portrait #smile #bar #nightclub #nightlife (at Washington, District of Columbia)