Lumen8 Anacostia Call For Entry: Temporiums and Performances

By Editorial Team on January 13, 2012

Deadline: Thu, 30 June 2022

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Editor’s note: there are two Lumen8 Anacostia Call For Entries- one is for Temporia and performers, the other is for short film.  For an abstract on both calls, visit the East City Art Call For Entry Page at


Deadline: 5PM, FEBRUARY 24, 2012



ARCH Development Corporation (, in partnership with the DC Office of Planning (, will be implementing a community wide arts program targeting the historic sector of Anacostia in Washington, DC. The project, LUMEN8Anacostia is intended to be a transformative arts initiative that strives to engage vacant space and buildings through the use of light, ingenuity and spaces innovation.

The three month project title “LUMEN8Anacostia” was selected based on the definition of a “lumen” which is a measure of light equal to one candle intensity, thus 8 lumens of light. Phonetically, it also brings to mind “luminate.” It is loosely based on the all-night arts event, “Nuit Blanche” or White Nights in cities such as Paris and Toronto. The number 8 is representative of the Washington DC Ward where the event will take place (ward 8-Anacostia).

GOAL: to creatively encapsulate the cooperative spirit of the Anacostia community in the following ways:


The illumination of the historic Anacostia corridor (façades, streets, occupied and vacant buildings) for the evening of the LUMEN8Anacostia Festival, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 14th, 2012.


A one night celebration complete with the mission of instilling merriment, revelry and joyous festivities through the use of performance & visual arts as well as the offering of culinary delights. ARCH Development Corporation has loosely secured the old police warehouse at 2235 Shannon Street SE for this one evening event. This 80,000 square foot space has been identified as a home for food vending (including food trucks), artist exhibition space, performance art, film, retail, and transformative space concepts. The Alliance Francaise of Washington is a committed partner and will be programming a portion of the Warehouse with performance art by a Belgium based arts collective.


Vacant land, buildings and store fronts will be utilized as 3 – 6 month temporia for designers, visual artists, architects or teams thereof. (See attached Site Directory for the Transformative Spaces Project.) Retail is encouraged for artists and art groups but is not required. The key is transformation of the space. Public art projects are also encouraged.


Call for Entries:

Do you have an idea for a visionary, inspirational and exciting project? Funding is available to support projects and perfor­mances in Anacostia Historic District venues and spaces that exemplify artistic excellence.  Applicant’s proposals should be include exceptional programs and performances that would not be feasible without this funding. These high-profile projects must expand access to the arts and creative place making in Anacostia; special consideration will be given to programs that draw a diverse population to Anacostia.

Temporium projects must be able to be in place prior to April 6, 2012 and must stay in place and be staffed [if applicable] at a minimum each Saturday from 12 noon to 5pm during the time frame of April 6, 2012 through July 7, 2012 and 6 other hours a week during the same time period.

Performance projects must be held over a one or two month period, with preference given to performances on April 14, 2012; the proposed date of the LUMEN8Anacostia festival.

Applicants may submit proposals for projects and performances ranging from up to $3,000, depending on square footage/complexity of project.

A listing of potential venues is attached. Artists are not confined to the venues provided; however, if one these venues is not used, the application must have written landlord or owner permission as well as later approval from the LUMEN8Anacostia committee.


  • Artists, musicians, performers, curators, organizations, venue owners or managers located in District of Columbia area. Lumen8Anacostia greatly encourages projects that incorporate Anacostia businesses, residents, employees, volunteers and organizations.
  • Proposals from artists or performers must include a letter of support from the manager/owner of the property on which exhibition/performance is to take place if one of identified venues is not used.  See attached map for available project space.
  • Exceptions may be made for locations outside but adjacent to the primary project area if the application explains the ways in which the proposed project will impact Anacostia and support the outcomes listed above, though preference will be given to locations within Lumen8Anacostia boundaries.
  • Projects must take place between April 6, 2012 and July 6, 2012 and must be made accessible to the public. Projects can be in place prior to and after indicated date.
  • Applicants may submit requests for multiple projects, but each applicant may only receive funding once, unless ap­plicant submits as part of a new partnership.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Artistic excellence – determined by Program Advisory Committee
  • Public impact with preference given to projects with a positive/lasting impact on the Anacostia community
  • Projects from or which partner with Ward 8 artists, organizations or businesses will be given priority
  • Impact on outcomes listed below


Application Deadline

  • Proposals are due at 5:00pm on February 24, 2012
  • To download an application CLICK HERE 
  • For a site directory CLICK HERE


Outcomes of the Lumen8.Anacostia Project


The following outcomes are expected during the course of the project:

  • Projects will bring positive attention Anacostia
  • Projects will demonstrate that arts create economic viability
  • Enhanced and more visible exhibitions, performances, and events will maintain and grow the audience for arts in Anacostia

For further Information and where to send entries:

ARCH Development Corporation

1227 Good Hope Road SE

Washington DC 20020

Attn: Phil Hutinet