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Gateway CDC Converts Commercial Space into New Artist Studios

Gateway CDC Converts Commercial Space into New Artist Studios

The Gateway Community Development Corporation (CDC) will activate the corner at 4301 Rhode Island Avenue in Brentwood, MD with the conversion of 2,400 square feet of commercial space into new artist studios thanks to a recent grant award of $42,500 from the Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority.

“It is Gateway CDC’s goal to help remove vacant space from the U.S. Route 1 corridor, activate the corner of this location with new arts-related activities and provide new, affordable studio spaces for artists to hone their craft and invest in the Gateway Arts District,” said Carole Bernard, Gateway CDC Executive Director.

Gateway CDC currently manages 30 artist studios at the ezStorage building, as well as at the Gateway CDC owned and operated, Gateway Arts Center at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue. Gateway CDC seeks to build 4-6 new artist studios, working with staff from ezStorage who generously matched this grant. Construction will start in the next couple of months.

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Gateway Arts District Street Art Initiative Completed

Gateway Arts District Street Art Initiative Completed

Completed in June 2013, the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (CDC), with the support of County Councilmember Will Campos, implemented its Street Art Initiative for the Gateway Arts District. The public art program connected a total of 18 small business/property owners with 8 area artists to use 19 building exteriors as canvasses along Route 1. Artists’ qualifications were reviewed and juried for consideration, then a preferred artist was selected by each participating owner. Murals vary in style and scale. The program was funded by M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation, Arts & Cultural Heritage Division. The Gateway Arts & Entertainment District is comprised of commercial segments of Hyattsville, North Brentwood, Brentwood, and Mount Rainier.

View the full gallery here | Find each artwork on the Gateway Arts District Public Art Locator here

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Luis Peralta Del Valle Recipient of the East of the River Distinguished Artist Award

Luis Peralta Del Valle Recipient of the East of the River Distinguished Artist Award

ARCH Development Corporation (ADC) and the Gautier Family announce Luis Peralta Del Valle as the winner of the second annual East of the River Distinguished Artist Award. Peralta Del Valle was selected based on his artistic excellence as well as for the impact he has made serving his immediate and extended communities in Washington, DC through the arts. A panel of individuals active in the Washington, DC arts community reviewed the submissions and selected Peralta Del Valle as the 2013 East of the River Distinguished Artist. This year’s panel included: Zoma Wallace (Art Bank Coordinator for DCCAH), Shaymar Higgs (Founder & Head Designer, Peerless Creatives), Catherine Buell (Executive Director, St. Elizabeth’s East), Terence Nicholson (Owner & Founder, 5 Rings Arts Services; artist; musician), and Sharon Gautier (art collector and family representative).

Moving forward, ADC plans to continue selecting and honoring one EotR artist with the $5,000 award each year. Artists who currently live East of the Anacostia River neighborhoods in all disciplines-including dance, film, literature, music, theater, photography and visual arts-whose careers have made a substantial impact on the arts in Washington, DC will be eligible for nomination or application each year.

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Gateway Arts District Receives 2013 Arts & Entertainment Outstanding Achievement Award

Gateway Arts District Receives 2013 Arts & Entertainment Outstanding Achievement Award

Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) presented the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District with the 2013 Award for Outstanding Achievement, along with Silver Spring’s A&E District. The Gateway Arts District Management Team, represented by Stuart Eisenberg and Carole Bernard, Executive Directors of the Hyattsville and Gateway Community Development Corporations (respectively), accepted the Award at the Annual A&E District Managers Meeting at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson, in Baltimore’s Highlandtown Arts District.

Photo of the award courtesy of The Gateway Arts District Management Team.

Photo of the award courtesy of The Gateway Arts District Management Team.

The Award recognizes the collective growth of enhanced public facilities, new restaurants, incoming housing, and increasing tenancies along the Route One Corridor.  The Gateway Arts District’s growth in public art, outreach, promotional initiatives and the expanded web presence of MyGatewayArts.org served to bring greater attention in the Washington, DC, metro region. The Art Lives Here Initiative, an Arts District-wide partnership led by Joe’s Movement Emporium, is also building local momentum. Each of these assets enhances communal character that expands the market base for the Arts District’s retail, studios and dining.

The Arts & Entertainment Districts Program is administered by the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the DBED within the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts. For information on the program, contact Executive Director Theresa Colvin at 410-767-6555 or visit www.msac.org. For more information about the award visit mygatewayarts.org/press/?p=1910.

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The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Presents Journey Anacostia

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Presents Journey Anacostia

Journey Anacostia is a public art sculpture and mural by DC artist Wilfredo Valladares.  Its dedication took place Saturday, June 22 at 10am. The installation reflects the diverse history and heritage of the Anacostia community and seeks to inspire the viewer to establish a dialogue on the interconnection of the past, present and future of Anacostia. The walls behind the sculpture were transformed with a colorful mural created in collaboration with youth from the United Planning Organization’s POWER Program.

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Art Works Studio’s New Multi-use Facility

Art Works Studio’s New Multi-use Facility

Art Works Studio is working with a small developer to create a multi-use facility at 4800 Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville, Md. The building being renovated is the former Marche Florist and it will house Art Works and a restaurant (soon to be disclosed). The City of Hyattsville has given a $90K Facade Improvement Grant to the project and construction should begin mid-July.

The new facility will have four studios a Young Artists’ Space, 2D Studio, 3D Studio, and a Digital Sandbox. There will also be an art matters gallery, an outdoor work/play space, and an original greenhouseAlong with this new space, Art Works Studio is developing an innovative after-school program that will include growing food, drawing and sculpting food, and cooking and eating food.

Project coordinator, Barbara Johnson, is holding a sold out Capital Campaign Chef’s Dinner with food prepared by local chefs Ruth Gresser, Jamie Leeds, Beverly Bates, Amy Brandewein, Ohio chef Elizabeth Wiley, and nationally known chefs Elizabeth Falkner and Carla Hall on June 20th.For more information about the new facility contact Art Works Studio at info@artworksnow.org, call them at 301-454-0808 or visit artworksnow.org.

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Wylie Community Garden Installation Piece by Paige Byrne

Wylie Community Garden Installation Piece by Paige Byrne

Big Nest by Paige Byrne is one of three artworks in progress for an assignment called Left Behind. The nest was made using materials from the community garden compost/waste corner. The other works of this series will also use garden waste to create form.The nest is 4 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height. Byrne said, “I am very excited to see my creativity grow from using art materials on paper or canvas to art materials that are right there in front of me.”

The Wylie Community Garden is located just off of H Street NE on the corner of 13th & Wylie Streets NE.

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Franklin Brewery Commissions "After Dark, Hyattsville" Mural by Liz Manicatide

Franklin Brewery Commissions "After Dark, Hyattsville" Mural by Liz Manicatide

After Dark, Hyattsville was created by Boston artist Liz Manicatide, who specializes in kinetic art. The mural spans 40 feet in width and 12 to 14 feet in height along the south side of the Franklin’s general store located at 5121 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD. The newly installed mural is the first of its kind anywhere: a permanent outdoor installation employing color-changing light that shifts the appearance of the colors and surfaces of the mural.

Mike Franklin, the owner and founder of the restaurant/brewery/general store, known as a pioneering entrepreneurial force in the Gateway Arts District, wanted to raise the bar for public art and Route 1 in general.  The placemaking mural will light up the night for north-bound travelers along Route 1. “We think it will make quite a splash, and a lasting impression for this stretch of the corridor,” observed Stuart Eisenberg, Executive Director of the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (CDC). The Hyattsville CDC is also administering a Street Art Initiative along the Route 1 Corridor incorporating the entire Gateway Arts District and Riverdale Park.  “We can only hope that other property owners in the area strive to match Mike’s impressive contribution to the street and building-scape and to the Arts in Hyattsville and the Gateway Arts District.”

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Mayor Gray Proposes $2.3 Million Increase To Arts Capital Budget

Mayor Gray Proposes $2.3 Million Increase To Arts Capital Budget

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) announces a proposed $2.3 million increase to the city’s public art budget in the most recent Capital Improvements Plan by Mayor Vincent C. Gray. The proposed budget increase, which will take effect in FY 2014, will allot a $5 million annual capital allocation for public art over the next six years. Major public art initiatives over the next several years include: The 183-acre St. Elizabeth’s East campus, New York Avenue Bridge, Fort Totten Memorial Expanding the agency’s Cultural Facilities Program grant and additional artworks purchased for the Art Bank Collection – a city collection of art distributed for display at various public spaces and District government offices.

The mayor’s proposed Capital Improvement Plan still awaits final approval by the City Council.

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ARCH Development Corporation Announces the Opening of the Anacostia Arts Center, Spring 2013

ARCH Development Corporation Announces the Opening of the Anacostia Arts Center, Spring 2013

ARCH Development Corporation (ADC) announces the Anacostia Arts Center, coming spring 2013 to Historic Anacostia. Serving both as a community gathering place and a regional cultural facility, the Anacostia Arts Center will add approximately 10,000 square feet of creative commercial space to Good Hope Road SE. Conveniently located at the south end of the 11th Street Bridge between Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and 13th Street SE, the Anacostia Arts Center will bring independent creative projects together under one roof.

Anacostia Arts Center will occupy the street level of 1231 Good Hope Road SE, formally the ARCH Training Center. The property is divided up into spaces connected by a main hall, with common lounge areas in the front and rear of the building. Anacostia Arts Center represents the newest effort by ADC to revitalize Historic Anacostia by providing opportunities for the creative economy to flourish in the area.

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11th Street Arts and Recreation Bridge Timeline Announced

11th Street Arts and Recreation Bridge Timeline Announced

As the old 11th Street river bridges that connect Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill and historic Anacostia neighborhoods are being replaced, the District government and a local nonprofit organization, Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC, will transform the aged infrastructure into the city’s first elevated park: a new venue for healthy recreation, environmental education and the arts.

The community behind the 11th Street Bridge Park has four goals:

  • Create a healthy community by establishing a safe place for residents to exercise and play
  • Connect the community with the Anacostia River – an incredible and irreplaceable natural resource
  • Reconnect the historic neighborhoods of Anacostia and Capitol Hill
  • Generate new jobs and economic activity

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Route 1 Ride Public Art Competition Winning Bus Wrap Design Announced

Route 1 Ride Public Art Competition Winning Bus Wrap Design Announced

The Route 1 Ride Collaborative announces its winning bus wrap design: Jennifer Axner’s “Route 1 Paint Tube”. The Collaborative chose to crowdsource the bus wrap design to increase ridership and awareness of the Route 1 Ride as a way to get around while enjoying the unique charms of visiting, living, working, and playing in the Route 1 Corridor. Three final designs were selected by a jury comprised of Route 1 Corridor County and Municipal representatives; Axner’s fellow finalists included Matthew Gifford and Boshwell Talavera. The final selection was conducted by an online vote on www.Route1Ride.com, conducted from late July 2012 until September 21st, 2012.  Axner’s wrap design will be installed on TheBus: Route 17, serving Prince George’s County’s Route 1 Corridor communities from Mount Rainier to College Park; for a period of at least three years, beginning in late 2012. The project is generously sponsored by The Route 1 Ride Collaborative and its Municipal members in recognition of the critical role that the arts play in the revitalization of Prince George’s County and the lives of its residents.

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The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 2012 Winners of the 27th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 2012 Winners of the 27th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has announced the awarding of special Mayor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement to legendary film producer and director George Stevens, Jr. and African Heritage Dancers and Drummers Founding Artistic Director Melvin Deal at the 27th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, held on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the Historic Lincoln Theatre.  The night was also highlighted with a Mayor’s Arts Awards for Visionary Leadership to Anthony A. Williams and Mayor’s Arts Awards of Special Recognition to Paul Jorgensen.

Winners for the 27th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards are as follows:

  • Art Enables – Innovation in the Arts
  • Atlas Performing Arts Center- Excellence to Service in the Arts
  • Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra- Outstanding Emerging Artist
  • Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop- Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education
  • StepAfrika!- Excellence in An Artistic Discipline
  • Washington Performing Arts Society- Excellence in Service to the Arts
  • Kenneth Dickerson, Roosevelt Senior High School- Mayor’s Arts for Teaching, Performing Arts
  • Koye Oyediji, Duke Ellington School of the Arts-Mayor’s Arts for Teaching, Language Arts
  • Jennifer Sonkin, Cesar Chavez Public Charter School- Mayor’s Arts for Teaching, Visual Arts

(Photo of Melvin Deal by Phil Hutinet for East City Art)

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Washington Glass School Hires Audrey Wilson as Glass Studio Coordinator and Instructor

Washington Glass School Hires Audrey Wilson as Glass Studio Coordinator and Instructor

The Washington Glass School and Studio announces its recent hire of Audrey Wilson, who will join the WGS team as the Studio Coordinator. Audrey will be organizing the studio production as well as working with the WGS Resident Artists. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Audrey has a BA in Crafts with a concentration on glass from Kent State University. Audrey has worked at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio as the studio and teaching assistant, working with the museum’s visiting glass artists. Audrey has worked with renowned glass artists such as Dante Marioni, Christina Bothwell, Janusz Pozniak and John Miller.  Audrey’s own artwork references nature and organic forms, and she specializes in kiln casting, pate de verre and sand casting with mixed media.  “I like working with and cannot help but respond to my surrounding environment – both within my artwork and my career” she said. “I intend to apply my experience and skills to teaching and developing classes that will help the Washington Glass School artists get to their next level.”

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ADC and the Gautier Family Announce Recipient of First Annual East of the River Distinguished Artist Award

ADC and the Gautier Family Announce Recipient of First Annual East of the River Distinguished Artist Award

ARCH Development Corporation (ADC) and the Gautier Family are pleased to announce BK ADAMS•I AM ART as the winner of the first annual East of the River Distinguished Artist Award. ADC will host an awards ceremony on September 7th at Honfleur Gallery to formally present Adams with his prize. Adams was selected based on his artistic excellence as well as for the significant impact he has made on the cultural landscape of Washington, DC. He was chosen by a panel by of individuals active in the Washington, DC arts community. The panel included: Jack Rasmussen (Director and Curator, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center), Mary Beth Brown (Public Art Coordinator for DCCAH), Pamela Jafari (Membership Manager, Cultural Tourism DC), Sharon Gautier (art collector and family representative) and Fred Joiner (poet and artist).

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