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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awards $1.7 million in grants in the third quarter of FY 2017

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awards $1.7 million in grants in the third quarter of FY 2017

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) Board of Commissioners recently approved $1.73 million in grant awards to District-based individuals and organizations to support arts and humanities projects taking place between now and September 30, 2017.

The grant announcements come as part of innoMAYtion, Mayor Bowser’s month-long initiative showcasing how ideas from local entrepreneurs and innovators are making the (more…)

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District of Columbia Leads the Region in Arts and Culture Employment

District of Columbia Leads the Region in Arts and Culture Employment

DC residents involved in the arts and cultural production sector were compensated more than $6.88 billion in 2014, according to a new study released recently through a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

Over 51,000 DC residents were employed in the arts and cultural sector in 2014, representing (more…)

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2017 Creative Aging Festival Brings Over 60 Arts Activities to Fairfax Senior and Community Centers

2017 Creative Aging Festival Brings Over 60 Arts Activities to Fairfax Senior and Community Centers

The Arts Council of Fairfax County is delighted to partner with Fairfax County for the 2017 Creative Aging Festival during the month of May, coinciding with Older Americans Month. The Creative Aging Festival celebrates older adults’ participation in the arts across Fairfax County through visual, music, theatre, dance, literary, and culinary arts activities.

Over sixty free, interactive events are planned (more…)

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CulturalDC Announces Ava LaTanya Hilton To Serve As Permanent Executive Director

CulturalDC Announces Ava LaTanya Hilton To Serve As Permanent Executive Director

The Board of Directors of CulturalDC  announces that Ava LaTanya “Tanya” Hilton will serve as the permanent executive director of CulturalDC. This selection concludes the Board’s year-long search for the replacement for previous executive director, Juanita Hardy. Hilton has served as interim executive director for the past year and is excited to continue her leadership of CulturalDC. (more…)

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Accomplished Teaching Artists Introduce Students to Urban Storytelling, Cultural Landscape Painting, and Blues Music

Accomplished Teaching Artists Introduce Students to Urban Storytelling, Cultural Landscape Painting, and Blues Music

The Arts Council of Fairfax County has placed three Fairfax artists at middle schools throughout Fairfax County as a part of the Artist Residency Program. The artists are connecting theatre, visual art and music with the core study areas of language arts, civics, social studies and creative writing to offer students engaging, unique and innovative learning experiences.

  • Playwright, director, actress, and educator Helen Murray Pafumi engaged Key Middle School drama students in “Urban Storytelling: What I Wish I’d Said.” Her residency promoted empathy and self-realization through theatre writing and performance with cross-curricular connections to language arts and civics.
  • Award-winning landscape, portrait, and en plein air artist and teacher Michela Mansuino’s residency, “Cultural Landscape: Past, Present, and Future” at Kilmer Middle School is investigating how visual art communicates a sense of time and place with cross-curricular connections to social studies.
  • Multi-instrumentalist, roots musician and arts integration educator Curtis “Mr. Blues” Mailloux will conduct his artist residency “You Can Write a Blues Song!” at Glasgow Middle School later this spring. He will use songwriting in the American blues styles to integrate music, social studies and creative writing.

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#5WomenArtists Campaign: 520 Organizations from 7 Continents & 30 Countries Participated

#5WomenArtists Campaign: 520 Organizations from 7 Continents & 30 Countries Participated

#5WomenArtists campaign is rousing success in raising awareness of gender equity in the arts and promoting women artists National Museum of Women in the Arts reports record-breaking engagement in its second-year social media campaign for Women’s History Month.

520 national and international cultural institutions from seven continents and 30 countries participated in


the second year of the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ (NMWA) acclaimed #5WomenArtists social media campaign, which has just been awarded a 2017 American Alliance of Museums’ MUSE Award for outstanding achievement in media. NMWA, the world’s only major museum solely dedicated to celebrating women artists, champions women in the arts all year long, but in March, during Women’s History Month, the museum has an even greater opportunity to celebrate women artists.

The social media campaign began with a simple idea: If you ask someone to name five artists, they will likely name prominent male artists, but how many people can list five women artists? Using the hashtag #5WomenArtists, NMWA launched the campaign March 1 on its website and blog as well as on the social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The museum invited cultural organizations and individual art lovers to share information on social media about women artists throughout the month. The campaign inspired a discussion on gender imbalance in the presentation of art both in the United States and internationally.

In addition to the 520 cultural institutions, more than 10,000 individuals joined the campaign to promote women artists, garnering more than 4,500 Instagram posts and more than 17,500 tweets. More than 80 individuals and cultural organizations created their own blog posts, and NMWA’s introductory blog post was read almost 4,750 times. This worldwide initiative welcomed participating organizations from Antarctica, Australia, Chile, Mexico, Israel, South Africa and Switzerland, among others.

“We are thrilled with the increased number of participating organizations for this year’s #5WomenArtists campaign,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling. “We thank all of the cultural organizations and social media users who joined us in this initiative, and offer a special thanks to the institutions that created their own #5WomenArtists on-site programming. By helping spark conversations around the globe about gender parity in the arts, we and many others have collaborated to increase awareness of this important issue.”

NMWA shared information about women artists, including biographies, quotes, infographics and statistics tagged with #5WomenArtists, and asked other organizations to join them in highlighting work by women in their collections and exhibitions. NMWA hit the streets of Washington, DC, with “Frida Kahlo,” asking people if they could name five women artists. The short, fun video helps to explain the need for the #5WomenArtists campaign, and it was watched almost 800 times. In addition, NMWA launched a BuzzFeed quiz on March 27 called “Which of these 5 Women Artists are you? (Part 2)” Nearly 500 people viewed the quiz with many posting their results on social media.

Among the numerous participating institutions were the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Walker Art Center, Minnesota; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and J. Paul Getty Museum, California; the National Portrait Gallery, Tate and Whitechapel Gallery, United Kingdom; the Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia; the Museo De Arte Moderno de Barranquilla, Colombia; the Antarctic Biennale, Antarctica and the Museo Nactional de Arte, Mexico.

Many organizations included #5WomenArtists in their own Women’s History Month programming:

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s (Buffalo, NY) fourth annual #ArtMadness competition based on the NCAA’s March Madness bracket system—which asks fans to vote for their favorite artworks from museums—highlighted the importance of women artists.
  • The Royal British Columbia Museum (Victoria, B.C., Canada) hosted a museum happy hour event highlighting contemporary First Nations artists, including Marianne Nicolson, an accomplished woman Dzawada̱’enux̱w artist.
  • With a focus on nature, Balboa Park (San Diego, CA) celebrated women in the arts by inviting organizations, artists and photographers to “takeover” its Instagram account, @BalboaPark.
  • The Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, OH) featured Collective Voices Guide by Cell in the galleries, Women Artists Tours and during its Open Studios in March visitors created art inspired by five women artists from their collection.
  • The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art (Charleston, SC) invited five women artists from their state to talk about their experiences at a public program called Halsey Talks: 5 Women Artists.
  • North-West University Gallery (Potchefstroom, South Africa) put the spotlight on works of female artists, as well as on the works by women that the NWU has in its art collection.
  • The Manor View Elementary School (Fort Meade, MD) created a #5WomenArtists “Celebrating Women in Arts” bulletin board, asking their students to fill in their favorite women artists.
  • #5WomenArtists inspired other social media hashtags including #5WomenScientists, #5WomenArchitects and #5ArtistasMujeres.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the world’s only major museum solely dedicated to celebrating the creative contributions of women. The museum champions women through the arts by collecting, exhibiting, researching and creating programs that advocate for equity and shine a light on excellence. NMWA highlights remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today. The museum’s collection includes over 5,000 works by more than 1,000 women artists from the 16th century to the present, including Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Alma Thomas, Lee Krasner, Louise Bourgeois, Chakaia Booker and Nan Goldin. NMWA is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, in a landmark building near the White House. It is open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, noon–5 p.m. For information, call 202-783-5000 or visit nmwa.org. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for visitors 65 and over and students, and free for NMWA members and youths 18 and under. Free Community Days take place on the first Sunday of each month. For more information about NMWA, visit nmwa.org, Broad Strokes Blog, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

(via National Museum of Women in the Arts. Photo courtesy of National Museum of Women in the Arts.)

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Life Pieces to Masterpieces Announces New Executive Director

Life Pieces to Masterpieces Announces New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Life Pieces to Masterpieces (LPTM) and the entire LPTM family announce that Joy King-Pike has been appointed as the new Executive Director, effective March 1, 2017.

Joy will help to launch a new chapter in Life Pieces’ stellar 20-year history of serving African American boys and young men, ages 3 to 25, in Washington’s Wards 7 and 8. She joins forces with (more…)

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Artomatic Moves to Crystal City in 2017

Artomatic Moves to Crystal City in 2017

Artomatic returns for its signature art event to be held this year in Crystal City, Virginia. Artomatic draws hundreds of artists and performers throughout the DC, Maryland and Virginia area to showcase their talents for a six week long free exhibition that routinely attracts thousands of visitors.

This year, the Crystal City Business Improvement District (CCBID) welcomes Artomatic back to (more…)

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Artist Spotlight:  Rush Baker IV, a Legacy of Service

Artist Spotlight: Rush Baker IV, a Legacy of Service

The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center’s most recent exhibition, Through Their Eyes–Art, Education, and Influence, features works by some of today’s most prominent visual artists, all of whom honed their skills in the Prince George’s County CVPA (Center for Visual and Performing Arts) Programs at Suitland and Northwestern High Schools. Rush Baker IV, one of the exhibition’s featured artists, is (more…)

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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Announces New Co-Executive Directors, Amy Moore and Hannah Jacobson Blumenfeld

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Announces New Co-Executive Directors, Amy Moore and Hannah Jacobson Blumenfeld

The Board of Directors of The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) announced today the spring 2017 retirement of CHAW’s long-time Executive Director, Jill Strachan, who has led the organization since 2007, and the appointment of Amy Moore and Hannah Jacobson Blumenfeld as Co-Executive Directors to succeed her.

“There is not enough room in a single statement to share our appreciation for Jill and the incredible work she has done for the past ten years to build CHAW into the thriving organization it is today,” said Board President Patricia Jackson.

As she transitions to retirement, Jill will serve CHAW in (more…)

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