Guerilla Arts Professionals, The George Washington University & Ballou Senior High School host a

Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service

School & Community Beautification Project

Washington, DC (January 11, 2011) – “It is both ironic and appropriate that we have all come together here – on the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Southeast, Washington, DC – on the day that we celebrate Dr. King’s birthday, to be active and continue in Dr. King’s legacy of ‘The Dream’.  We are actively being the change that we want to see.” — Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, Founder of Guerilla Arts Professionals.

On Monday, January 17th from 12 noon to 4 pm, Guerilla Arts Professionals (GAP), The George Washington University (GW) and Ballou Senior High School (Ballou SHS) will partner for a Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day at Ballou Senior High School (3401 – 4th St., SE; Washington, DC).  The Day of Service will bring together visual artists and supporters of GAP; a combined delegation of faculty, staff, and students from GW; and teachers, students, and parents from Ballou SHS – as they commit to a “day on, not a day off” to paint murals, make visual improvements, and beautify the Ballou SHS Campus.  Continuing the commitment to create a nurturing environment for students to learn and grow.

Events such as a Day of Service speak to the very mission and vision of Guerilla Arts Professionals – a community based organization specializing in innovative education, cultural arts programming, consulting and professional development.  Community building events that directly relate to education and to improving educational institutions, such as this, are a very critical part of the commitment to excellence that GAP Founder Gabriel “Asheru” Benn is so passionate about.  It is, in fact, one of the reasons GAP came on board to sponsor this event.  “There are communities that really ‘need’ and if we support them and give these communities what they need, we will get better results.  Especially if we commit on an actual ‘getting out there and doing it’ level.  And on a personal level, we as individuals need to give more of our time in the wrap around support.”  As Dr. King once said: ‘Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?’ and on this Day of Service we are directly speaking to Dr. King’s life and legacy.

Day of Service activities will concentrate on specific areas of the school including the teacher resource center, principal conference room, hallways, common areas, and more.  There will also be a sister site – Simon Elementary School (401 Mississippi Ave. SE; Washington, DC) that will also benefit from this day of service.  Over 400 participants have committed to participate in the Day of Service, along with GW President Steven Knapp and some renown artists from the Washington, DC area to assist with developing the murals.  Invited guests include Vice President Joe Biden, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Mayor Vincent Gray, City Council Chairman Kwame Brown, Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, and Grammy Nominee Eric Roberson.

For Interviews, Press, Media inquiries & more information regarding The Day of Service, Guerilla Arts Professionals & Gabriel Asheru Benn, contact Rachel Newman – (202) 643-4250;

For The George Washington University, contact Courtney Bowe 202-994-5631;

For Ballou Senior High School, contact Ruth T. Jones at