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ARCH Launches New Artist Programs and Studios in Anacostia

Craig Kraft's 2013 'Jewel Box' installation at night.  Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.

Craig Kraft’s 2013 ‘Jewel Box’ installation at night. Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.

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Meeting scheduled for March 12 at 6:30pm

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ARCH Development Corporation (ADC) announces two new programs that will continue its work to create a home for small businesses, artists, arts and cultural organizations to fulfill its commitment to the revitalization and sustainable economic development of Historic Anacostia. The Kresge Foundation Loan Fund for Artists, Art Organizations, and Hive Creative Industry Businesses will offer a total of seven different types of loans all designed to jump-start artistic and entrepreneurial endeavors in Wards 7 and 8, and specifically Historic Anacostia.

Another project ADC is starting this Spring is offering renovated Artist Studios for rent at 2208 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. This will bring five affordable commercial rental spaces, outfitted for any type of visual artist, to the core of Historic Anacostia. ADC will offer a meeting on both these projects on March 12 at 6:30pm at Honfleur Gallery.

Please RSVP if planning to attend (email [email protected]).

Artist Loans

The Kresge Foundation Loan Fund for Artists, Art Organizations, and HIVE Creative Industry Businesses provides loans for two specific groups: artists and arts organizations in Wards 7 and 8, and creative entrepreneurs in Anacostia.

Artists who live in Ward 7 or 8, arts organizations whose primary offices are in Ward 7 or 8, and arts organizations based west of the Anacostia River but planning an exhibition or performance in Anacostia are eligible to apply for the following loans: Bridge Loan for Artists and Art Organizations, Benefit Loan, Performance Loan, and Anacostia Location Loans. Terms and the total monies available for each grant vary, please refer to the application for full details (available on www.archdevelopment.org). There will be a $35 fee for all loan applications for businesses and $25 fee for individual artists. The deadlines are rolling and applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Creative entrepreneurs who already work out of The HIVE 2.0 or Anacostia Arts Center, in addition tobusinesses that wish to move their primary location to Anacostia, are available to apply for the following loans: Bridge Loans, Anacostia Location Loans, and Buisness Improvement Loans.Terms and the total monies available for each grant vary, please refer to the application for full details (available on www.archdevelopment.org). There will be a $50 fee for all loan applications. For businesses, the target area is defined as the area within the following boundaries: 1100 to 2000 blocks of Good Hope on the north; St Elizabeth’s Hospital on the South; the Anacostia River on West and 20th Street SE on the East. This includes the Anacostia Historic District and the newly established Anacostia Business Improvement District. The deadlines are rolling and applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Artist Studios

The other new offering coming from ADC this spring will be five artists studios available for rent at 2208 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. Six-month and one-year commercial leases will be offered beginning April 1, 2014, and showings can be made starting March 15, 2014. The spaces range in size from 60 square feet to 180 square feet, and will be rented for between $175-350 per month. The facility is designed for visual artists; each studio has built-in storage space and there is a shared slop sink. Utilities are included in the price of rent and tenants will have 24-hour access. The building is located less than a half a mile from Anacostia Metro Station (green line) and a mile and a half from Eastern Market Metro Station (orange and blue lines). It is also under a quarter mile from ADC’s other projects Anacostia Arts Center, Honfleur Gallery, Vivid Solutions Gallery, and The HIVE 2.0. Inquiries regarding renting studio space may be made by emailing [email protected]

 

 

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