Gallery Openings and Events

FIGMENT DC Interactive Arts Festival

Void Simulacrum. Photo from FIGMENT DC 2012.

Void Simulacrum. Photo from FIGMENT DC 2012.

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Festival: Sturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 from 11am to 5pm

Anyone who’s ever had the urge to skateboard down from the top floor of the Guggenheim will find a park full of kindred spirits at FIGMENT DC, voted “Best Arts Festival 2013” by Washington City Paper readers. This free, outdoor, interactive visual and performing arts festival not only invites but counts on children and inner children alike to bring the event to life by playing with the art—and maybe bringing some of their own.

FIGMENT DC, now in its second year, comes to the North Field of Anacostia Park on Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th, 2013, from 11am to 5pm both days. With this year’s move to Anacostia Park, FIGMENT DC joins the groundswell movement to brand Anacostia as the vibrant new arts hub in the city. The event emphasizes community-building, accessibility, and participation, and the staff hopes to bring together Anacostia residents and those curious about what’s going on east of the river.

Artists are not charged any fees to participate in FIGMENT DC and there’s no cost to attend. Projects can be visual art, performing art, or multimedia/mixed media, but all are interactive and family-friendly. In addition to installations or performances, projects include hands-on demonstrations, classes, crafting stations, roaming art, or creative games.

This year’s projects include Danceploration Expedition, a “traveling show” performance involving a hunt for clues; the return of Tutus by You!, a tutu-making craft table; Kaleidcollide, a giant working kaleidoscope that participants can climb inside; Scratch’s Costume Camp, a trailer full of costume pieces to outfit FIGMENTeers in style; a 28-foot-long Mustache Ride; and The Lyric Monster, an improvised musical performance where the audience writes lyrics that the musicians turn into a song on the spot.

FIGMENT DC is one of eight FIGMENT Project festivals taking place around the US and for the first time this year with the addition of Geelong, Australia, internationally. As in all the cities, it is produced and managed by a grassroots team of local volunteers with a passion for public art and community-building. It is a completely noncommercial, free event with no corporate sponsorship, no admission fees, and nothing for sale.

About the FIGMENT Project:
FIGMENT is a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines. FIGMENT began in July 2007 as a free, one-day participatory arts event on Governors Island in New York Harbor with over 2,600 participants. Since then, FIGMENT has grown significantly each year in number of projects, duration, participants, volunteers, fundraising capability, exhibitions, locations, overall level of commitment and participation, and public support.

FIGMENT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and is created and produced by a coalition of volunteers. FIGMENT is entirely funded by grants and individual donations, and accepts no corporate sponsorship of any kind. FIGMENT is supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. FIGMENT Boston is produced with support from the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, the designated stewards of the Rose Kennedy Greenway and site of FIGMENT Boston.

The FIGMENT DC Arts Festival will be held at the North Field of Anacostia Park. For more information call 571-246-8552, [email protected], or visit http://dc.figmentproject.org.

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