When magazines and websites go listing off the world’s best cities for street art, Richmond ought to be at the top of their lists. That’s because the Virginia capitol is home to the Richmond Mural Project, one of the most ambitious public art initiatives in America. Shane Pomajambo, founder of the Art Whino Gallery in Washington, D.C., led the charge here, setting (and surpassing) a goal of putting up 100 murals across the city in five years. The caliber of artists Pomajambo recruited is outstanding: Every third block from Church Hill to Shockoe to Jackson Ward reads like a Who’s Who of the global street art community. This 2015 mural by British artist D*Face is located at 108 N 7th Street; elsewhere you’ll find inspiring pieces by ONUR, Aryz, Natalia Rakart, Stormie Mills, PixelPancho, Taylor White, Jacob Eveland, James Bullough, and many others. There are a lot of cities out there that could learn a thing or two from a program like Richmond’s. Pomajambo raised the bar—now the rest of y’all follow.
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