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Images from the 2017 Pow Wow Festival in Hawaii


May 172017

POW! WOW!, the global art movement that celebrates culture, music, and art worldwide is taking over the District from May 17 – 27 as POW! WOW! Washington DC. Local, national, and international artists will convene to enrich and enliven area neighborhoods with their murals. POW! WOW! DC is lead by local artist Kelly Towles, along with many great partners and volunteers. Of the 17 participating artists, at least four will represent DC, including No Kings Collective, Decoy, and Matt Corrado. Other artists are flying in from as far as Hong Kong (Caratoes), Honolulu (Jeff Gress), London (INSA), and Australia (The Yok). In partnership with the NoMA Business Improvement District (BID), the majority of the murals will appear on walls in the NoMa neighborhood. This includes walls on or near Ibiza night club, 411 New York Avenue , The Crucible building, and 1215 3rd Street.



“I wanted to bring POW! WOW! to DC because of the impact that street art has on this community. Art transforms the urban landscape, and this allows the public to watch those transformations and celebrate the process. It will be rad.” – Kelly Towles



Caratoes (Hong Kong)

Cory Oberndorfer (DC)

Decoy (DC)

Drew Merritt (CA)

HKS181 (DC)


INSA (London)

Jacob Eveland (VA)

Jeff Gress (Hawaii)

Kelly Towles (DC)

Matt Corrado (DC)

No Kings Collective (DC)

Persue (NYC)

Sheryo (Singapore)

VERO (Puerto Rico)

Wooden Wave (Hawaii)

The Yok (Australia)


On Saturday May 20th from 11am-5pm we’ll be celebrating the official kick off of POW! WOW! DC with +25 Vendors, Live Art, Foods Trucks, & Music. The event is family & pet-friendly and is free & open to the public.


For a complete list of events during POW! WOW! DC, visit:


“POW!” being the impact that art has on a person. And WOW!” being the reaction that art has on a viewer. Together they form “POW! WOW!”, which is a Native American term that describes a gathering that celebrates culture, music and art. Centered around murals and art, POW! WOW! has grown into a global network of artists and organizes art exhibitions, lecture series, schools for art and music, creative community spaces, concerts, and live art installations across the globe. The festival brings over a hundred international and local artist together to create murals and other forms of art. As a homegrown and independent art festival, POW! WOW! is now recognized as one of the best mural festivals in the world. It is also much more than an internationally relevant art festival, what also makes it unique is that POW! WOW! showcases the city that it is in. Whether it be Hawaii, Long Beach, Washington D.C., Tokyo or Taipei, POW! WOW! highlights the artists, restaurants, stores and people that make it special.