Event: Saturday, October 21 from 6pm to 8pm
On October 21, 2017, CulturalDC and Forest City invite everyone across DC to join the Ward 6 community in celebrating the launch of SPACE4: Visual Arts, DC’s first mobile arts gallery. From 6 to 8 p.m., the kickoff at Yards Park with feature family-friendly performances, music and an interactive exhibit by local artist, Salvatore Pirrone.
Pirrone is currently collecting yarn from across Ward 6 neighborhoods to integrate into his work by stationing collection boxes throughout the community. Pirrone will embed donations into plaster walls to create an immersive, community-sourced environment. During the October 21 kickoff, visitors are encouraged to alter the space by pulling out and thereby revealing the colorful string.
Performances at the community kick-off will include local musicians Christylez Bacon and Nistha Raj, Open Box Project (Orange Grove Dance + Rogue Collective), Tyler Elementary School Steppers and the Stuart Hobson Middle School Band. Speakers will include Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Councilmember David Grosso, DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) Executive Director Arthur Espinoza, Jr. and CulturalDC Executive Director Tanya Hilton.
Hilton emphasizes the need to share local art with neighborhoods, saying, “For too long the arts within DC have been clustered in areas around the District, with SPACE4 we will bring engaging arts to everyone’s doorsteps, across the city. CulturalDC’s initiative projects provide space for artists, allowing them to share their work and expand cultural experiences for all residents and visitors alike.”
“We are thrilled to offer the first look at SPACE4 at The Yards,” says Jill Fredrick, Regional Director of Marketing for Forest City. “At The Yards, we have built a neighborhood that brings together some of the best restaurants, retail and experiences in the city, and an engaging and innovative art event such as SPACE4 is a perfect fit for what our residents, retailers and guests have come to expect from us.”
Following the event, SPACE4: Visual Arts will be open to the public Monday through Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. The mobile art gallery, fully remodeled from a 40-foot shipping container, will reside in Yards Park until Nov. 15, when it will be moved to the Smithsonian National Zoo for a new artistic experience.
In case of inclement weather, the kickoff will be held the following Saturday on October 28.
CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Visual Arts mobile gallery is generously supported by DCCAH, Public Arts Building Communities grant, Studios Architecture, Monarc Construction, Inc., WGL Energy, Forest City, K&K International, Inc. and Steve Stein.
Yards Park is located at 355 Water St. SE.