NO KINGS COLLECTIVE PARTNERS WITH WHITMAN-WALKER HEALTH AND FIVESQUARES DEVELOPMENT FOR SUMMER-LONG OUTDOOR EXHIBITION CELEBRATING THE COMMUNITY
Artists celebrate D.C. and eight year anniversary with Block Party hosted on July 15th, kicking off a whole summer of inclusive happenings during temporary art installation
No Kings Collective, the Washington, D.C.-based artist collective and creative agency, celebrates their eighth anniversary with a summer-long temporary installation along the heart of the 14th Street corridor, called The Lot at The Liz, inspired by the history of the Whitman-Walker Health’s work in the community. No Kings Collective has designed a temporary urban installation in the space that was once home to the health center, featuring a 30,000 square foot seamless mural spanning an entire city block with four intertwined themes. The aim of the installation is to share the stories of the health center while creating a temporary outdoor public space that reflects the values of openness, inclusion and diversity that are the epitome of Whitman-Walker. Fivesquares Development served as the catalyst for this project, showcasing support for the community vision and celebrating the city before embarking on a new chapter for the space.
To celebrate D.C. and their eighth anniversary, No Kings Collective will host a free Block Party on Saturday, July 15th from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Block Party will debut the four murals and serve as the kick-off for an entire summer of inclusive space happenings, an art experiment in temporary urbanism. The Lot at The Liz is a partnership between Whitman-Walker, Fivesquares Development and No Kings Collective, and will feature a multitude of events including an Independence Day pig roast with D.C.’s first rum distillery, Cotton & Reed, a jazz festival, fundraisers and events for local D.C. non-profit groups, as well as other yet to be announced programming. More information can be found by visiting www.lizlot.com, using the hashtag #lizlot and following the No Kings Collective on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
ABOUT NO KINGS COLLECTIVE
No Kings Collective is an agency based out of Washington, DC. Composed of and run by local artists, No Kings Collective serves a community of area artists, businesses and city organizations through social networking events, exhibits and special projects. Over the last seven years, No Kings Collective has gained local and national recognition for flash art exhibitions and temporary gallery spaces, providing new and exciting social events to promote a thriving art community in the nation's capital. No Kings Collective has participated in the international arts festival POW WOW and has been profiled in The Washington Post. For more information, visit: http://www.nokingscollective.com/. Follow No Kings Collective onInstagram, Facebook and on Twitter.
ABOUT WHITMAN-WALKER HEALTH
Established in 1978, Whitman-Walker Health is a non-profit, federally qualified community health center serving the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. For almost 40 years, Whitman-Walker staff have provided stigma-free and vital healthcare to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities of Greater Washington, as well to those living with or affected by HIV; and to individuals who cannot afford to pay or feel uncomfortable in other healthcare settings. In the 1980s, Whitman-Walker took the lead in fighting the AIDS epidemic, and its facilities on 14th Street served as both literal and symbolic centers in efforts to care for those living with and dying from the disease, as well as centers of research and advocacy on their behalf. Through its four locations in the district, Whitman-Walker annually serves over 18,000 of Greater Washington’s residents with medical care, dental care, mental health and addiction services, legal services, youth programming and many other wellness and support services. For more information about Whitman-Walker Health visit www.whitman-walker.org or follow Whitman-Walker on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
ABOUT FIVESQUARES DEVELOPMENT
Fivesquares Development is a Washington, DC based real estate development company formed in 2015 to focus on mixed-use, urban & transit-oriented development. The company was co-founded by former Director of the Office of Planning Andy Altman and Ron Kaplan, the former Chief Investment Officer of Federal Realty Investment Trust. The current projects in Fivesquares’ pipeline total over $500 million of development cost and include Whitman-Walker Health, 10Eleven, and the WMATA parcel at Grosvenor Metro Station. Fivesquares is committed to and passionate about the pedestrian experience, high design, creative placemaking, and the arts. The Joint Venture with Whitman-Walker Health has allowed for the design of the coming development at 14th and R to integrate incredible, elegant architecture from Selldorf Architects with innovative public spaces from Future Green Studios. Fivesquares & Whitman-Walker’s mural collaboration and summer series with No Kings Collective was meant as a fun way to give the neighborhood a preview of the site activation the future development will bring as well as supporting Whitman-Walker’s mission of providing excellent healthcare to the community and in particular the LGBT community. For more information about Fivesquares Development visit www.fivesquaresdevelopment.com or follow @fivesquaresdev on Instagram and Facebook.