Endangered Animals Public Art Project

By East City Art Editorial Team on December 13, 2022

Deadline: Tue, January 17 2023

Carolina Mayorga Hays Spring Amphipod. Image courtesy of the artist.


Deadline: January 17, 2023



In partnership with Cleveland Park Main Street (CPMS) and Woodley Park Main Street (WPMS), Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is pleased to open interest form submissions to local artists to be part of the Endangered Animals Art Project, an extension of the Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project.

The Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project (Alphabet Animals) is a community-focused public art project that promotes livability, walkability, and delight in the Southeast Quadrant of Washington, DC. This project was originally conceived by a father walking with his two children in Capitol Hill. As he walked past lettered street names, he pointed out, “K Street—K is for Kangaroo.” He brought the idea to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), and so the Alphabet Animals were born.

In 2014, 10 animal sculptures were successfully installed through a pilot partnership with DDOT, and in 2020, another 10 joined the menagerie through a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.

The Endangered Animals Project will expand on the Alphabet Animals, adding 10 NEW sculptures along the Connecticut Ave. NW corridor between Woodley Park and Cleveland Park.

Artists who are interested in creating a sculpture will be required to fill out a simple interest form found here: https://form.jotform.com/223335756357058, to be returned no later than 11:59pm on  January 15, 2023.

Once the interest form submission window has closed, the Project Director will reach out to artists to assign an animal in advance of the official RFP process. Proposals will be juried. Final artists and their animal proposals will be selected for submission as part of a grant application package in the spring of 2023. Pending a successful grant proposal, fabrication and installation of animals is slated for fall of 2023. Please note that filling out an interest form or being assigned an animal in no way confirms your participation in the project. More information on sculpture requirements (including weight, size, materials) will be provided on the RFP form.

About the Project
The project combines an educational component with aesthetic excellence, as well as celebrating our local artists. By adding ten more sculptures, we hope to continue to create more vibrant communities through the arts in Washington, DC. Through the CHAW-CPMS-WPMS Partnership, this expansion of the project will provide artistic touchpoints for local businesses as well as residents, further strengthening the connection of creativity with a flourishing neighborhood. The Alphabet Animals encourage residents, business owners, artists, makers, and passersby to explore the inter-connectivity of community through the entry point of unexpected encounters with high-quality art in public spaces–and this new expansion to Endangered Animals adds an important new focus on protecting the wild and wonderful world around us.

About CHAW
CHAW’s mission is building community through the arts. For 50 years, CHAW has been a hub for the meaningful exchange of ideas through art-making in community both inside and outside of its walls. This expansion of the Alphabet Animals project speaks directly to CHAW’s focus on both creative expression and  the power of partnerships to uplift the arts; connecting diverse groups of people, supporting local artists, facilitating arts-driven community networks with businesses, schools, social services and other arts organizations, and encouraging civil discourse through creativity. Our mission is rooted in the idea that art and community building are synergistic.

For more information, please contact the Endangered Animals Art Project Director:
Hannah Jacobson Blumenfeld – hannahjacobsonblumenfeld@gmail.com || 202.253.3330