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Mural Paintings by Five National Legends to Influence Voters ahead of 2020 Election

Mural Paintings by Five National Legends to Influence Voters ahead of 2020 Election

On October 19, 14th Street Graffiti Museum, in collaboration with Murals for Humanity, Uptown Main Street, Art BLOC DC, Murals DC, Studio 47 DC, DC Latino Caucus and urban legends Lady Pink, Smith, Peat Eyez, and Ron English will create a mural to influence first-time voters and all voters. The non-partisan Get Out The Vote (GOTV) initiative from Project 270, is an effort to increase voter awareness and turnout, particularly amongst young voters, by flooding the country with GOTV images, posters, billboards, and other art in the weeks leading to election day. The project will cover all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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Art for Action Voter Awareness Digital Billboard Campaign Unveiled in DC and Nationwide

Art for Action Voter Awareness Digital Billboard Campaign Unveiled in DC and Nationwide

A nationwide public art initiative and non-partisan voter awareness campaign featuring artists Jenny Holzer, Carrie Mae Weems, Jeffrey Gibson, Tomashi Jackson, and more. Running on more than 350 digital screens in 16 cities, the campaign will be seen by more than 105 million potential voters including key battleground states such as Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Georgia.

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Washington Project for the Arts announces New Board Chairs, New Directors

Washington Project for the Arts announces New Board Chairs, New Directors

WPA has announced the election of co-chairs to its board of directors. They are curator and academic Ashley Givens and television producer and director Jocelyn Sigue . As the WPA bylaws require a period of overlap between the current chair and the future chair(s), they will assume their responsibilities in January 2021. They succeed Jim Ritter, a finance attorney who has served as Board Chair since 2015. He has led the organization through a capital campaign, the hiring of an executive director, a relocation, and a strategic repositioning. He has been on the board since 2009.

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2020 Bethesda Painting Awards Winners Announced

2020 Bethesda Painting Awards Winners Announced

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District announced the top three Bethesda Painting Awards prize winners on Wednesday evening during the exhibition’s opening at Gallery B. Lawrence Cromwell of Baltimore, MD was awarded “Best in Show” with $10,000; Chee Keong Kung of McLean, VA was named second place and was given $2,000 and Temi Wynston Edun of Columbia, MD received third place and was awarded $1,000. Additionally, Monica Ikegwu of Baltimore, MD was recognized with the Young Artist Award and received $1,000.

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Greater Reston Arts Center Launches The Buoyant Oracle, a Sculpture That Talks Back

Greater Reston Arts Center Launches The Buoyant Oracle, a Sculpture That Talks Back

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) presents The Buoyant Oracle, a playful interactive feature that provides the opportunity to chat with Buoyant Force, the 50-ft tall sculpture by artist Sue Wrbican located in Reston Town Square Park. The installation, created by the Playful City Lab at American University led by Benjamin Stokes, Hazel Arroyo, Chris Karr, and Mitchell Loewen, in collaboration with Sue Wrbican and GRACE, will feature an evolving cast of guest oracles and narratives over the next five years.

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Halcyon Receives $1.5M Grant from US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration

Halcyon Receives $1.5M Grant from US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration

Halcyon has received a $1.5 million grant award from the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), the single largest award in the organization’s history.

According to Halycon, the three-year grant will allow for the expansion of its Opportunity Intensive program, which provides a year-long fellowship for social entrepreneurs in Washington DC, whose businesses are based in or serve designated Opportunity Zones located in economically challenged communities where the Federal Government has identified potential for growth.

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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Hosts Paolo Morales for its Virtual Inside the Artist’s Studio Residency

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Hosts Paolo Morales for its Virtual Inside the Artist’s Studio Residency

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) hosts Paolo Morales for its September Inside the Artist’s Studio, a monthly virtual residency series. Paolo is a well-known photographer from New York City. He has exhibited extensively throughout the area both as a solo artist and in group shows. Beginning September 21, 2020, Paolo will take over CHAW’s instagram @CHAWinDC for a week to bring us into his studio. This virtual experience will offer insight into Paolo’s influences, processes, and materials. Upcoming virtual residents include Zia Palmer, Photography, October 19 – 23, 2020. For more information, please visit www.chaw.org.

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National Portrait Gallery Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Virtual Programs and Upcoming Outdoor Installation by Artist MasPaz for Día de los Muertos

National Portrait Gallery Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Virtual Programs and Upcoming Outdoor Installation by Artist MasPaz for Día de los Muertos

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 with a variety of virtual programs that will illuminate the many ways in which the cultures, traditions and stories of Americans with origins in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America have influenced US history. On Nov. 2, this series of bilingual events will culminate in a special outdoor installation by the artist MasPaz, who is based in the Washington DC area. His work will place the tradition of Día de los Muertos in context with the current COVID-19 crisis.

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ArtsFairfax Announces Two New Board Directors  

ArtsFairfax Announces Two New Board Directors  

ArtsFairfax announces two new directors, Deirdre Johnson and Dr. Maurice “Mo” B. Springer, to its Board of Directors. 

 “ArtsFairfax is pleased to welcome Deirdre and Mo to our Board of Directors,” said ArtsFairfax President & CEO, Linda S. Sullivan. “Both Deirdre and Mo bring traits and experiences to ArtsFairfax that support our mission. They join a strong and thoughtful Board whose leadership is committed to assisting our arts community at this challenging time.” 

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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Announces Wayson R. Jones as the First Artist for its Virtual Inside the Artist’s Studio Residency

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Announces Wayson R. Jones as the First Artist for its Virtual Inside the Artist’s Studio Residency

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) will host Wayson R. Jones as the first artist of its new Inside the Artist’s Studio, a monthly virtual residency series. Wayson is a well-known and well-regarded, DMV painter. He has exhibited extensively throughout the area both as a solo artist and in group shows. Beginning August 24, 2020, Wayson will take over CHAW’s instagram @CHAWinDC for a week to bring us into his studio in Brentwood, MD. This virtual experience will offer insight into Wayson’s influences, processes, and materials. Upcoming virtual residents include Paolo Morales, Photography, September 21-25, 2020 and Zia Palmer, Photography, October 19 – 23, 2020. For more information, please visit www.chaw.org.

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