This summer Black Girl Ventures Foundation is installing murals across America! In continuation of BGV's new partnership with Nike, the goal of this project is to elevate Black and Brown woman-identifying Founders through the arts on a local level and to shine a light on the work of some of the most dynamic change agents in our communities. We are excited to be working on a grassroots level in a few of our beloved chapter cities: Washington D.C., Miami, and Chicago!
Black and Brown women rarely get the recognition and acknowledgment that they deserve and, in part through this project, BGV is developing public art that will help change that reality one community at a time. At each location, BGV will collaborate with artists to create engaging multimedia content that will both share some of the creative development process and highlight the great things that are happening in our Chapter communities. Our partnership with Nike will help ensure that each location is amplified on a national level and beyond.
BGV is working with our local partners to ensure that each mural installation is in keeping with the values of the community. The project will be hosted in Northeast Washington, D.C. in partnership with The Menkiti Group, with our installation sites in Chicago and Miami TBD. Our Change Agent Fellows on the ground in each city will also help to create excitement around the project in our efforts to ensure that there is maximum positive community impact and engagement.
Our Partner Communities
Northeast, Washington, D.C.
The eastern half of the city has no shortage of booming neighborhoods. H Street NE has gone from up-and-coming to already here; Capitol Riverfront's transformation courtesy of Nationals Park has been miraculous; and NoMa just seems like one giant construction site. Yet, while all of those neighborhoods have been turning heads with trendy bars and promises of movie theaters and Whole Foods, another Northeast neighborhood, Brookland, has been quietly becoming a destination rather than an area that people either pass through or avoid.
Our Building Partners
The Menkiti Group
Founded in 2004, The Menkiti Group is a 100% minority-owned Certified Business Enterprise headquartered in Washington, D.C. with additional offices in Worcester, Massachusetts. The organization was founded with a mission to transform lives, careers, and communities through real estate. The Menkiti Group is a double bottom line company, measuring success in terms of financial and positive social impact. The company's approach to urban neighborhood transformation and investment is centers upon residential and commercial development, residential sales, and commercial brokerage. The Menkiti Group invests in abandoned and underutilized properties and transforms them into exciting and affordable home and workspaces. Projects range from single-family residential renovations and the development and tenanting of main street commercial properties, to large-scale mixed-use, transit-oriented development projects. Over the past 15 years, The Menkiti Group has invested over $225MM in DC's emerging neighborhoods, worked on the development of over 2.1MM SF of real estate and has assisted over 2,000 families in purchasing their first homes.
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