The moment Shane Pomajambo saw the boarded-up abandoned church in Southwest D.C., he knew what he wanted.
"Oh, I loved it. It was just a big blank white canvas," says Pomajambo.
He and a friend, Ian Callender, co-founded a non-profit called Blind Whino.
The neighborhood watched last fall as an artist named Hense transformed the church's exterior. Work continues on the interior. - View Video -
Middle school students are in awe of the building’s transformation, and now they along with adults can soon enjoy it primarily as an art club – no membership required.
“We'll be doing art classes, we'll do be yoga classes, we'll be doing all types of community programming because you don't have that type of accessibility in this particular quadrant of D.C.,” says Ian Callender, the club’s co-founder. Last fall, he and his business partner brought over a contemporary artist from Atlanta who is now making history here – the building has the only full mural wrap in the D.C. region. - View Video -