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This church-turned-arts center lets you relive your high school memories in chalk

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What's the greatest school memory you'd want to share with the rest of the world? That's the question posed to visitors who experience the interactive art exhibit "Summer School" at Blind Whino SW Arts Center in Washington, D.C.

Once you enter the gallery, you're introduced to massive chalkboard walls and a bucket of various-colored chalks. Now it's your time to reflect and shine. You're the artist, the poet, the comedian. The end result is a visual collection of thoughts, inspirational sayings and random memories sprawled across the walls by the strangers who have come before you. School memories, mostly. It's like a constantly-changing signed yearbook.

The legendary DJ Stretch Armstrong from the Stretch and Bobbito Show graced the wall with his signature.

Since opening in July, "Summer School" has welcomed more than 4,000 visitors. To satisfy the demand, Ian Callender, co-founder of Blind Whino, painted more walls with chalkboard paint.

One side of exhibit room. Dividing the space is another wall that Ian hopes to add more chalkboard paint to.

Blind Whino is a renovated arts center and was originally the site of the historic Friendship Baptist Church, built in 1886. It was re-imagined by artist HENSE in 2012, with additional work completed in 2013.

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According to its website, Blind Whino is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with "15,000+ square feet of space dedicated to community-based arts programming alongside notable art institutions and organizations, multiple rooms to host cultural and corporate events and activities, and an organic, urban farm that grows and serves local food markets throughout the region." Dance classes, networking events and yoga nights are just a few of the events you can check out at the center.

Ian Callender, Co-Founder of Blind Whino SW Arts Center

Free Yoga Nights every Wednesday plug.

The "Summer School" exhibit runs through this week (August 6) from 12-5 p.m. However, plans to extend its duration are under consideration due to its popularity.

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