Event: Tuesday, October 25 at 6pm
Entertainment, refreshments, studio tours, and dedication of the Victor L. Selman Community Gallery will be part of the festive grand opening celebration of the Brookland Artspace Lofts on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Located at 3305 Eighth Street NE in Brookland, Brookland Artspace Lofts is a mixed-use arts facility developed by Artspace Projects, the nation’s leading developer of space for artists and arts organizations.
The $13.2 million project contains 39 affordable rental units, each with both residential and studio space, for artists and their families. It also has a rehearsal studio, classroom, and office space designed to serve Dance Place, which occupies the building next door; a community gallery on the main floor; and a full green roof installed and maintained by DC Greenworks. Tuesday’s event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a Drum Call and Gathering performed by the Cuban salsa dance troupe DC Casineros. The formal program will begin at 6:15pm with a welcome by Mayor Vincent Gray. Artspace Director of Properties Heidi Kurtze will host the evening. The event will also include a performance by Coyaba Dance Theater, a West African dance company.
Speakers will include:
- Harry Thomas, Jr., DC City Council member (Ward 5)
- John E. Hall, Director of the District’s Department of Housing and Community Development
- David Leopold, Debt Products Executive, Community Development Banking, for Bank of America
- Oramenta F. Newsome, DC Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
- Terry Kenny, Market President – Washington Region, TD Bank
- Kelley Lindquist, President of Artspace
The ribbon cutting will be immediately followed by the formal dedication of the Victor L. Selman Community Gallery. As chief operating officer of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Selman, who died in May 2010, was instrumental in bringing the project to fruition. Dedication speakers will include DHCD Director John E. Hall and Dance Place founder Carla Perlo. Special invited guests will include former DHCD Directors Jalal Greene and Leila Edmonds as well as members of Selman’s family.
Following the dedication, visitors will be invited to tour the facility. Eighteen of the building’s residents are expected to open their units. There will also be salsa dance lessons and other entertainment provided by the residents. The grand opening of the Brookland Artspace Lofts is Phase 1 of the Brookland Arts and Education Campus. Phase 2, now in planning, will involve major renovation of the Dance Place into an expanded and upgraded facility.
Established in 1979, Artspace is America’s leading developer of arts facilities for individual artists and arts organizations. To date Artspace has completed 30 projects in 13 states and has helped communities in almost every state address their arts-related space issues. Artspace projects provide more than a thousand affordable live/work spaces for artists and their families and represent an investment of almost $500 million in America’s arts infrastructure. Artspace projects operate in the black, require no ongoing fundraising, catalyze positive development, and have a proven track record of sustainability over time.
For more information about this project and a sneak preview of the space, read Eric Hope article here.