THE LOT AT THE LIZ IS A SUMMER LONG TEMPORARY INSTALLATION CELEBRATING THE VALUES, VISION AND HISTORY OF WHITMAN-WALKER HEALTH.
No Kings Collective has designed a temporary urban installation wrapping the space that was once home to Whitman-Walker with a series of murals. Throughout the 30,000 square-foot piece, they explore core theme such as “Work It Girl,” celebrating Whitman-Walker Health’s work with the LGBTQ community. The aim of the installation is to share the stories of the health center while creating a space that reflects the values of openness, inclusion and diversity that are the epitome of Whitman-Walker. Fivesquares Development served as the catalyst for this project, showcasing support for the community vision and celebrating the city before embarking on a new chapter for the space.
No Kings Collective
No Kings Collective is a agency based out of Washington, DC. Composed of and run by local artists, No Kings Collective serves a community of area artists, businesses and city organizations through social networking events, exhibits and special projects. Over the last seven years, No Kings Collective has gained local and national recognition for flash art exhibitions and temporary gallery spaces, providing new and exciting social events to promote a thriving art community in the nation's capital. No Kings Collective has participated in the international arts festival POW WOW and has been profiled in The Washington Post.
Established in 1978, Whitman-Walker Health is a non-profit, federally qualified community health center serving the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. For almost 40 years, Whitman-Walker staff have provided stigma-free and vital healthcare to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities of Greater Washington, as well to those living with or affected by HIV; and to individuals who cannot afford to pay or feel uncomfortable in other healthcare settings. In the 1980s, Whitman-Walker took the lead in fighting the AIDS epidemic, and its facilities on 14th Street served as both literal and symbolic centers in efforts to care for those living with and dying from the disease, as well as centers of research and advocacy on their behalf. Through its four locations in the district, Whitman-Walker annually serves over 18,000 of Greater Washington’s residents with medical care, dental care, mental health and addiction services, legal services, youth programming and many other wellness and support services.
Fivesquares Development is a real estate development company passionate about transforming cities and promoting transit oriented development in ways that generate public and lasting value for the communities in which we work. Fivesquares is collaborating with Whitman-Walker on the redevelopment of their 14th street site and was the catalyst for this summer installation.