Muralist Rebeka Ryvola has defied physics, gravity and the time-space continuum to somehow, within less than one day, transform the 16th Street SE side of the corner store from a gray wall to the background for the “Spread Southside Love,” Frederick Douglass Community Mural.
Due to many obligations and incidentals the fundraising effort has not been ramped up to the capacity we initially foresaw but there’s only so many hours in a day.
So far more than $800 has been raised through GoFundMe. We are thankful to all of the contributors on GoFundMe as well as our friends at Frager’s Hardware Store who were very generous in giving us a kind discount on our purchase of nearly $650 worth of paint and materials.
But art does cost. I was unable to be on site yesterday. We needed someone to hold the ladder for the muralist to safely reach the top of the design. We offered a couple dollars to compensate the neighborhood for their assistance. We pay a fair wage.
With that said, Thank You! for your continued support of Old Anacostia and all of the Douglassonians from the newest infants to the eldest elders on 16th Street SE and W Street SE.
Special thanks to the corner store owner, E, and all the staff of the market.
The mural should be nearing completion by this weekend’s birthday celebrations.