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Street Artists Add Color to Washington, DC Buildings

Detail from mural by Aniekan Udofia, Washington, D.C., July, 2014. (J. Taboh/VOA)

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Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. Officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city. More

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Audio Artist Turns Plastic Bags Into Art

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  • Detail from mural by Aniekan Udofia, Washington, D.C., July, 2014. (J. Taboh/VOA)

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