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DC Office of Planning Announces Playable Art DC International Design Competition

'Rocket Park', in Mount Albert in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

‘Rocket Park’, in Mount Albert in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

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Application deadline is Thursday, April 24, 2014.

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The DC Office of Planning (OP) announced today the Playable Art DC international design competition, an innovative effort to bring art-based play spaces to underserved neighborhoods in the District. OP is currently requesting applications for three (3) neighborhood sites and community partners to host playable artworks in DC neighborhoods that lack access to play. Playable Art DC is made possible by a grant from ArtPlace America.

Playable Art DC promotes the use of art as a means of creating new types of play spaces in areas that are constrained by space, topography, or other barriers such as busy streets.  Playable Art DC also seeks to engage the whole community in play as a way to promote fitness and exercise and create community landmarks and neighborhood gathering spots. The art works will also explore different themes of play including creative play, physical play, social interaction, and games.

Playable Art DC builds on the District’s playground improvement initiative – a multi-year citywide play space project to evaluate and improve the playgrounds in the District’s Department of Parks and Recreation inventory – to provide access to play for neighborhoods not well served by traditional parks and open spaces.

“Playable Art DC is not only a creative way to expand play access to the District’s children, but in addition has the potential to enliven our neighborhood main streets, incorporate art into our everyday lives, and become a symbol of community pride and identity,” said Rosalynn Hughey, Interim Director of the Office of Planning. “We anticipate these playable artworks will become true places of community gathering and will be enjoyed and used by residents of all ages.”

Pre-Application Conference
Organizations and individuals interested in proposing sites for the Playable Art DC Design Competition are highly encouraged to attend a Pre-Application Conference on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, from 4:00pm-5:30pm at 1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650, Washington, DC. This is a chance to learn more about the project, get questions answered, and meet planning staff. The application deadline is Thursday, April 24, 2014. To participate in the Pre-Application Conference, please RSVP at http://playableartdc.eventbrite.com.

For more information about Playable Art DC, visit: http://playableartdc.org

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