Art and Activism with Busboys And Poets

Sunday / September 20 / 6:00 PM


When it comes to activism, Busboys and Poets has always supported the DMV’s diverse communities. So it comes as no surprise that the restaurant group hired local artists to paint their storefronts – instead of boarding up – after an act of vandalism. This initiative, now known as #PaintTheStorefronts, has been adopted by other local businesses, including the National Landing BID and Jose Andres’ restaurants. This is a model on how to respond in moments of crisis — by amplifying the skills and creativity of the community. Now more than ever, this is an important lesson to learn.

Andy Shallal, founder and CEO of Busboys and Poets will facilitate a conversation with some of the artists who have participated in the initiative — Mia DuVall, Luther Wright, and Luis Peralta Del Valle — about how this effort came about, as well as the power that art has in supporting and healing communities. And don’t worry — we’ll have time to answer audience questions too!


Date & Time

Sunday, September 20

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM




Andy Shallal

Activist, Artist, and Founder & CEO of Busboys and Poets

He | Him | His

Anas “Andy” Shallal is an artist and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Busboys and Poets, a group of restaurants in the Washington Metropolitan area where art, culture and politics intentionally collide over mindfully sourced food, drinks and programming that feeds the mind, body and soul. Shallal has founded and co-founded several peace and justice organizations and holds leadership positions in numerous others.


Mia DuVall

Principal Art Director & Designer at Mia DuVall Studios

She | Her | Hers

Mia Duvall is best known for her work as a collaborating muralist and art director on some of Washington, DC’s most highly regarded and appreciated murals. The work of Mia Duvall is a reflection of a deep love and appreciation for color (and the principles and elements of art and design). Mia uses a variety of mediums in her artwork to express her love of color and color relationships. 


Luther Wright

Award Winning Artist, Photographer, Organizer, and Founder of LW Arts and Design

He | Him | His

American Artist Luther Wright, born of Washington, DC, challenges the boundaries of traditional paintings as he merges old formal techniques with new modern techniques creating his own genre of art. Luther explores new ways to use color and texture and strives to create interesting compositions within all his work. He draws inspiration from everyday situations, people, social media, and youth, as well as visions from his dream/meditation state.


Luis Peralta Del Valle

Award Winning Artist

He | Him

Luis Peralta Del Valle received his first commission as a teenager, and since then he has worked with businesses, foundations, public institutions, museums, and private collectors to create murals, portraits, and landscapes that tell stories in vibrant colors and realistic figures. He has exhibited his work at various museums and institutions including the NCIS Headquarters, The Embassy of Italy, The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, and The Historical Society of Washington, DC.


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