New murals are brightening NoMa and Truxton Circle. Here’s where you can find them.

Fresh Cut Barber Shop at North Capitol and Bates Street NW. All photos by the author unless otherwise noted.

One is on North Capitol and Bates St. NW, and another on the corner of Florida Avenue and Q St. NW.

Fiddlehead’s Salon at Florida and Q NW.

Another is part 5x5, a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities initiative to develop public art. It’s painted on a retaining wall along First Street. Both its bright primary colors and message, “Home Is Where the Heart Is,” make First and N NE, which used to be pretty bland, come alive.

First and N NE.

Two more, which Art Whino and JBG Companies collaborated to commission, help with the job:

First and N NE.

JBG has plans to redevelop each of these the two buildings, but the murals spruce them up in the meantime.

First and N NE. Photo by BeyondDC on Flickr.

DC Public Works supports street and performance art throughout the city as a way of showcasing local artists, and in some cases as a method for preventing unwanted graffiti.

Throughout the region, murals tell stories about their neighborhoods and their history and values. Rather than letting older and unused buildings simply fall into disrepair, recreating and enlivening them with artwork makes them new again.

Jake Sacks has a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of Colorado Denver, and a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in Environmental Planning. He is interested in all things public transit and sustainability. He enjoys a car-free and pro-bike lifestyle in NW DC.