OP is excited to collaborate with the following community partners in Wards 4, 5, 7, and 8 to identify and honor the people, places, and events that are important to District residents and reflective of their communities.


Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street (Ward 4)

The Parks Main Street (Ward 5)

Ward 7 Partnership (Ward 7)

Anacostia BID (Ward 8)


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About the Project:

The Commemorative Works Technical Assistance Program (TAP) will support local partners participating in the program to increase commemoration of Black Washingtonians and other leaders of color in all Wards of the District. After subjects and sites have been identified, a design team and public artists provided by OP and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will prepare concept designs. 

As the Nation’s capital, monuments and commemorative works have typically been focused on or reserved for commemoration to individuals or subjects of national importance within the monumental core, the original L’Enfant City, and mostly in Wards 1, 2, 3, and 6. Many of these subjects participated in slavery, systemic racism, and the mistreatment of, or took actions that suppressed equality for, persons of color, certain groups of people, and women.

DC's Commemorative Works Program reviews proposals submitted by sponsors, but since the program was established in 2001 has received only a handful of applications for local subjects. The TAP is first working with partners in Wards 4, 5, 7, and 8 to identify commemorative subjects and sites before supporting efforts in Wards 1, 2, 3, and 6. The Office of Planning's partners are convening meetings with community groups and residents to discuss subjects to commemorate, appropriate sites, and concept designs of commemorative works. Concept designs will be reviewed by the Commemorative Works Committee who will make a recommendation on each proposal to the Mayor and District Council, who have final review and approval.


Contact Us:

Chris Shaheen, Program Manager, Urban Design Division

Email: CWTAP@dc.gov

PHone: (202) 442-7600

We look forward to hearing from you!