By Gabriele Strauch

SWNA Youth Activities Task Force (YATF) is pleased to announce an exciting youth activity project in the making: creating a painted mural at Lansburgh Park, located at 1098 Delaware Ave., SW. Pending approval by the ANC and DPR, the work for the mural will begin in mid-May. 

YATF has identified the artist who will work with a group of enthusiastic Southwest “Youth Assistants.” Together with the artist, the selected youth group will generate and develop ideas about the mural design and be active participants in creating this artistic project. The mural will embellish Lansburgh Park in the heart of Southwest, bring joy to everyone passing through the park, give the creators recognition for their positive contribution to their neighborhood, and leave their creative legacy for years to come.

The Task Force is looking for Southwest youth, ages eight and up, who display creative/artistic talent, show leadership, work collaboratively, and commit to staying on task. After completing the mural, YATF will plan an unveiling celebration to recognize the participants for their collaboration and contribution to the SW neighborhood. 

For more information and the application form, contact Thelma D. Jones, YATF, Chair, at or call (202) 251-1639.

Gabriele “Gabi” Strauch, YATF Vice Chair, is the mural project coordinator.

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