The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) welcomes Mills Brown for its November Inside the Artist’s Studio, a monthly virtual residency series. Mills is a visual artist working primarily with painting and collage. From Monday, November 16th through Friday, November 20th, Mills will take over CHAW’s instagram @CHAWinDC to bring us into her studio. This virtual experience will offer insight into her influences, processes, and materials. For more information, please visit www.chaw.org.
The National Museum of the American Indian will open the new National Native American Veterans Memorial Wednesday, Nov. 11. The moment will be marked with a short virtual message to honor the service and sacrifice of Native veterans and their families. The message will be on both the museum’s website and its YouTube channel.
The Phillips Collection has announced major new acquisitions including a video by John Akomfrah, a two-panel fabric work by Benny Andrews, a large-scale wall-hanging by Aimé Mpane, and others. These new acquisitions reflect the museum’s efforts to enhance and diversify the collection by embracing works that reflect a narrative of modern and contemporary art beyond the traditional focus on European and American art, and also speak to the communities we hope to serve.
The Board of Directors of Dupont Underground formally installed Oliver Clemmons and Nora van Trotsenburg as CEO and COO, respectively, and named outgoing CEO Robert W. Meins CEO Emeritus. Clemmons has been with the organization since 2016, most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer. Van Trotsenburg has served as Director of Programming since 2019.
The Arts Forward Fund awarded a $25,000 grant to ArtsFairfax to support a diversity, equity, inclusion, and access initiative for the 2021 WORK-SMART workshop series. The Arts Forward Fund, a partnership between the Greater Washington Community Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and 16 other foundations and individual donors, announced over $1 million in grants to 43 arts and culture organizations in the DC region.
Georgetown GLOW—the popular holiday celebration in Georgetown featuring public light art installations—will return for its seventh edition as an extended two-part series in Spring and Summer 2021, featuring a total of eight art works by local DC artists. The 7th annual light art exhibition, traditionally held every December, will move to an extended two-part series next year to ensure a safer and more comfortable visitor experience.
Critical Exposure’s Board of Directors and staff has announce Nicole Newman as the organization’s next Executive Director, effective November 16th. Nicole was unanimously selected for this position after a recruiting process led by an outside consulting firm that included the organization’s Board, staff, and youth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Phillips Collection will reopen its doors to the public on Thursday, October 15, with new safety measures in place in accordance with health guidelines and in response to the covid-19 pandemic. As a thank you for continued support, early access will be offered to members and community partners from October 8-11.
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.
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.