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Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker Bringing Butterfly Effect Mural to Old Town

Here's a chance to make a lasting impression in Alexandria.

Elizabeth Bennett-Parker at the Together We Bake 3rd Annual Empowerment Breakfast, at the Westin Old Town, June 5, 2019. (Photo by James Cullum)

Alexandria, VA- Now this is our kind of graffiti! On Saturday, June 29, Alexandria Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker will create a large butterfly mural with city residents at the side of Bloomers at 924 King Street. Through Sept. 8, visitors will be able to take a pictures with the butterfly wings behind them, and then select a local charity of their choice to send a donation.

Tasha Wahl is the Founder of The Butterfly Effect, an artistic movement of raising funds for local nonprofits by creating butterfly installations. To date, the nonprofit has collected more than $100,000 for 400 charities around the world.


“I’m excited to bring the Butterfly Effect to Alexandria, because it will build community, promote vibrancy on upper King Street, and highlight nonprofits in a fun, interactive way,” Bennett-Parker said. “I’m thankful to Tasha Wahl for her vision in starting this global project and for choosing Alexandria; to Asana and Bloomer’s for providing the space for the mural; and to the members of the community who will bring it to life.”

The idea behind the butterfly effect is inspiring. It’s modeled after Edward Lorenz’s “Butterfly Effect” theory that even the softest flutter of a wing can affect the molecules around it, setting off a chain reaction results in major results.

What You Need To Know

If you’re interested in participating, check out the following:

  • The mural will be located at 924 King Street, and you’ll be able to pick a charity from the following list:
  • Email the picture to [email protected] with the name of your charity in the subject line. Alternatively, you can text 202-681-7594 with the picture and name of your charity.
  • For a chance to win an extra $500 donation, post your photo on social media and tag @elizabethforalx and include the hashtags: #inclusiveALX and #butterflyeffect and your charity
  • The charity with the most donations will also receive an extra $500 donation.
Tasha Wahl’s Butterfly Effect. (Courtesy image)


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