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Curator’s Perspective on International Arts Fair in Mexico City

Curator’s Perspective on International Arts Fair in Mexico City

Daniel Garza-Usabiaga, curator of Visual Arts at the Museo Universitario del Chopo, anticipates the dual effects of “preservation and progress” that Zona MACO, an international art fair in its 12th edition, will have on its host city. Held in Mexico City, Mexico, an old city attune to the development its spaces, MACO and its companion fair, Material, invite the criticism and collaboration of international curators, collectors, artists, gallerists, and other institutions with the intention of eliciting heightened interest and appreciation of Mexican art in general and contemporary Mexican art in particular. Acutely aware of the effects of global capital and the art market, Garza-Usabiaga encourages the rise of small , independent art spaces alongside private contemporary collections in a city that values its established institutions dedicated to more traditional art.

See the full article at ARTSY, here.

 

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Environmentally-Themed Artwork Commissioned for Riverdale Park, MD

Environmentally-Themed Artwork Commissioned for Riverdale Park, MD

The Riverdale Park Public Art Initiative announces sculptor Joanna Blake has been commissioned by the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation to install a permanent sculpture at the intersection of East-West Highway and Route 1 in Riverdale Park, MD in Prince George’s County. Blake’s proposal, titled Great Blue Herons, will develop in collaboration with the Environmental Public Art Project (EPAP) and discussions with community members. The work is expected to be installed Summer 2015.

For more information, visit here .

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NCAR Arts Vibrancy Index Lists DC as most “Vibrant Arts Community” in United States

NCAR Arts Vibrancy Index Lists DC as most “Vibrant Arts Community” in United States

Southern Methodist University’s Center for Arts Research (NCAR) released its first annual Arts Vibrancy Index on January 21, 2015 compiling data from over 900 communities across the United States.  The Index distinguishes small towns (metro population under 1 million) from large cities (metro population over 1 million).  Washington, DC came in first in large part due to the heft of Federal funding and because the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities ranks first among state agencies for grant giving dollars.  Read the full report here.

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Project Create Opens Anacostia Art Studio for Local Children, Youth and Families

Project Create Opens Anacostia Art Studio for Local Children, Youth and Families

Project Create, a nonprofit that, for two decades, has provided arts education and enrichment to thousands of children and youth in Washington, DC, announces the opening of their new, custom-designed art studio in Anacostia in February 2015. On each Sunday in February, Project Create will host community open houses for neighborhood parents,children and youth to see the studio, meet the staff and enjoy refreshments while creating art.

Project Create Studio is located at 2028 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Washington DC across from “The Big Chair,” above Mama’s Pizza, entrance on V Street. Call the studio at (202) 660-2555 for more information.

Brooke Kidd Named the Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year

The Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) announced its selection of Brooke Kidd, Founding Artistic Director of Joe’s Movement Emporium, as the 2015 Sue Hess Arts Advocate of the Year Award recipient. Since 1992, Brooke Kidd has championed community responsive programming at Joe’s Movement Emporium.  Her pioneering efforts to utilize the arts in Maryland as a vehicle for progressive education, workforce training and economic growth have made her one of the most well respected arts managers in the region. The award will be presented at the annual Maryland Arts Day on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the President’s Conference Center in the Miller Senate Building in Annapolis.  To attend, please register at www.mdarts.org.

(Photo Credit: Brooke Kidd by Charles Steck)

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Brookland Arts Walk Wins AIA|DC 2014 Design Award

Brookland Arts Walk Wins AIA|DC 2014 Design Award

The AIA (AIA|DC) will present 30 awards celebrating the year’s outstanding achievements in architectural design at its annual Chapter Design Awards ceremony. Selected from a pool of 181 entries produced by 80 firms, the awards recognize exemplary work in four categories including architecture, interior architecture, historic resources, and urban design/master planning. CulturalDC worked in partnership with Bozzuto and Abdo Developers to design 27 artist’s studios at Monroe Street Market in Brookland NE, now home to 37 artists.  The design is among the 30 recipients of the AIA | DC design awards. For more information and a full list visit www.architectmagazine.com/awards/aiadc-reveals-2014-design-award-winners_o.aspx 

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Winners of the 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Announced (2014)

Winners of the 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Announced (2014)

The District’s artists, arts organizations and arts educators were honored at the 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards at the Lisner Auditorium, presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Winners for the 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards included the following: Excellence in an Artistic Discipline: Children’s Chorus of Washington | Excellence in Service to the Arts: Washington Project for the Arts | Innovation in the Arts:Lance Kramer | Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education: 826DC | Outstanding Emerging Artist: Rachel Kerwin | Excellence in Arts Teaching: Nakia Espinal, DC Bilingual Public Charter School – Performing Arts | Bryan Hill, John Philip Sousa Middle School – Visual Arts |Garwin Zamora, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School – Visual Arts

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Art Whino Creates Murals in NoMa

Art Whino Creates Murals in NoMa

Art Whino teams up with The JBG Companies for the creation of the N Street Mural Project within the NoMa neighborhood. The projects mission is to activate a block on N Street using Murals as the primary vehicle for activation. Mural Locations: Momo – 51 N Street NE, Kyle Hughes-Odgers – 1300 1st Street NE and Rubin – 33 New York Avenue NE (visible from N St, across from 51 N street).

For full show info and images visit http://artwhino.com/exhibitions-1/n_st_murals_project

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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Announces FY 2015 Grant Recipients

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Announces FY 2015 Grant Recipients

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) announce the awarding of 330 grants to D.C.-based artists and nonprofit organizations for fiscal year 2015 totaling $7.6 million — representing all eight wards of the District of Columbia. According to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the District of Columbia ranks number one in per capita state arts agency appropriations in the United States.

See the FY 2015 Grantees here: http://dcarts.dc.gov/page/fiscal-year-2015-grantees

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Vote for the Name of the Newest Alphabet Animal

Vote for the Name of the Newest Alphabet Animal

.Vote by October 30, 2014. Matt Brown of DDOT will be announcing the winning name at HILLoween, and all who voted for that name will be entered to win a CHAW gift certificate. The top three names are: CHAWmper, Mr. Hopper and Gauguin. These three n ames were chosen by the panel of illustrious judges: Jill Strachan, Executive Director of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Carolina Mayorga, Grasshopper Artist and Teaching Artist at CHAW, and Stephen Young, the Capitol Hill parent who came up with the original idea for CHAAAP.

Cast your vote for your favorite name through October 30, 2014 by email at hjacobson@chaw.org through the Facebook page, through the Twitter page, and at the CHAW front desk at 545 7th Street SE.

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“Going Public!” Art Works Now Summer Internship

“Going Public!” Art Works Now Summer Internship

It’s hot out, but you don’t hear these teens complaining. They’re too busy making art. Art Works Now launches “Going Public!” an exciting mural project at the Brentwood Route One Farmer’s Market and Bazaar, in partnership with the “Art Lives Here” initiative in the Gateway Arts District. Through a competitive application process, four teens from Bladensburg, Takoma Park, and Hyattsville were selected to work on the mural on a central fence at the market. They are working with professional muralists Peter Krsko and Alicia Cosnahan on Saturday mornings from 9-1 until August 16.

In June, the teens conducted intensive research on the local community during Art Works Now teen camp. The mural imagery is based on local flora and fauna, as well as elements from the African American history of the region. The interns and other teen volunteers work on the mural on Saturday mornings while the market is open, so community members can share in the excitement of the creative process. The program is designed to develop confidence and leadership skills in the teens, as they are expected to treat this experience like any other job – with professionalism and a positive attitude. “We couldn’t be more excited about this project. The teens are talented and committed, and the muralists have taught them incredible skills they can use their whole lives. It fits perfectly with our mission to create better community through the arts,” states Art Works Now Executive Director, Barbara Johnson.

For more information on this program please visit: www.artworksnow.org/event-registration/?ee=125 or call 301-454-0808.

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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Announces Naming Contest for Outdoor Sculpture

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Announces Naming Contest for Outdoor Sculpture

Submissions are due August 15, 2014.

.The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is looking for a name for its newest neighbor, a grasshopper sculpture residing at the corner of 7th and G Streets, SE. The grasshopper, sculpted by artist and CHAW teaching artist Carolina Mayorga, is part of the Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project (CHAAAP), a community-based public art project featuring ten semi-permanently-installed sculptures on selected street signs in the Southeast quadrant of DC. The project is funded by the DC Department of Transportation and administered by the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.

CHAW will be collecting name submissions through August 15, 2014. Submissions can be sent via: Email at alphabetanimals@gmail.com The top three names will be announced the week of August 18th and will be put to a vote with the winning name revealed on September 19, 2014. Prizes will be awarded to the top namers.  CHAAAP is part of “This Place Has A Voice,” three independent, intersecting public art projects and events highlighting the history and people of Southeast DC. For more information about the projects or upcoming festival, visit http://www.thisplacehasavoice.info.

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Introducing the 2014 Hamiltonian Fellows

Introducing the 2014 Hamiltonian Fellows

The Hamiltonian Artists announce the six new, distinguished 2014 Hamiltonian Fellows to join the current five existing fellows who are as follows: Naoko Wowsugi (MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University), Adam Ryder (MFA, School of Visual Arts), Allison Spence (MFA, University of California, San Diego), Nancy Daly (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art), Dane Winkler (MFA candidate, University of Maryland) and Dan Perkins (MFA, The American University).

The 2014 Hamiltonian Fellows were selected from a pool of 97 very promising artists. The External Review Panel, comprised of six acclaimed art professionals, caucused together and evaluated every application based on criteria regarding artistic merit and relevance to today’s art world. Panelists involved in this decision included Elizabeth M. Grady, Jeffry Cudlin, Maryland Institute College of Art, Rod Malin, Linn Meyers, Jonathan Monaghan and Michael Pollack

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DC Office of Planning Announces Community Partners for Playable Art DC

DC Office of Planning Announces Community Partners for Playable Art DC

The DC Office of Planning (OP) has selected three neighborhood partners for Playable Art DC installations through a competitive application process: Kennedy Street Development Association, the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District, and the NoMa Business Improvement District. The Playable Art DC team will now conduct design workshops with neighbors of all ages. Once the information is gathered, a call for designs will be released internationally to the public this fall. The three neighborhood sites include: the small green space near the intersection of 5th and Kennedy Streets, NW; a section of K Street, NW sidewalk and tree box near 5th and K Streets, NW in the heart of Mount Vernon Triangle; and along the Metropolitan Branch Trail between L and M Streets, NE in NoMa.

Playable Art DC is a play and place-making initiative of the DC Office of Planning (OP) in partnership with the District Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to bring innovative art-based play spaces to neighborhoods with underserved park space in the District through an international design competition. Playable Art DC promotes the use of art as a means of creating new types of play spaces in areas that are constrained by space, topography, or other barriers like busy streets. The initiative is made possible by a grant from ArtPlace America. What kind of public art would you like to see? Make you voice heard and take the survey here.

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Life Pieces to Masterpieces Announces New Executive Director

Life Pieces to Masterpieces Announces New Executive Director

Mary Brown, LPTM’s Co-Founder and Executive Director for 18 years will continue to impact the lives of children and families of Washington, DC’s Ward 7 communities as Executive Director of the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) as she steps down from LPTM. LPTM’s Board of Directors has unanimously selected Selvon Malcolm Waldron to carry the mission forward as new Executive Director. Selvon’s appointment is the culmination of Brown’s vision, carried out through a three-year, evidence-based transition plan developed by Mary, LPTM’s Board of Directors, staff, and leading consultants in non-profit leadership transitions.

Selvon joined Life Pieces in February 2012 as Director of Development and Grants. Under his exceptional leadership, Life Pieces solidified its organizational sustainability, diversified its funding streams, and strengthened its financial procedures, ensuring that we can bring our transformative work to the next generation of young black men in DC and spread our impact nationally.  Prior to joining LPTM, Selvon was a United Nations Association Graduate Fellow, where he analyzed the impact of the United Nation’s Human Rights and Environment programs and evaluated the success of the Millennium Development Goals with a cohort of 18 Washington area graduate students from 5 universities.

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