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    Mural Fever: Public Art in the D.C. Area 

Mural at the 18th Street Parking Lot in Adams-Morgan

"Youth of the World and Tribute to Life" was painted by Jorge Luis Somarriba with assists from children from the Latin America Youth Center in Adams-Morgan. Somarriba is renowned in the D.C.-metropolitan area for his multicultural murals, says Diane Cottman, deputy director of planning and development for the Latin America Youth Center.

This mural, at the 18th Street Adams-Morgan Parking Lot in NW Washington, was painted on a wall-length billboard between the summers of 1988 and 1990. It shows Mesoamerican motifs on a bright background. 

Cottman says the children who assisted with the mural did so with the city's Summer Youth Employment program. Teens 14 - 21 helped develop sketches with the artist, measure dimensions of the board and paint.

Students who helped out received a minimum wage stipend or volunteer credit toward high school graduation, Cottman says. 

"It's an incredibly, enduring picture that's there for them to go back to and visit," she adds. 

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