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DCCAH Announces 25 Artists to Participate in the 5×5 Project

DCCAH Announces 25 Artists to Participate in the 5×5 Project

Mayor Vincent C. Gray joins with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) to announce the 25 local and national artists who will participate in this fall’s 5×5 Project.  Now in its second edition, 5×5, the District’s largest public art project to date, showcases the artistic projects of five highly regarded curators, each working with five artists to create contemporary public art for all residents, visitors and art fans.

The project offers up the District as a venue for innovative curators and artists to create public works throughout the city that reflect on the District of Columbia’s dual meaning as both the nation’s capital and a hometown to hundreds of thousands of people.  The 5×5 curators — Lance Fung, Shamim M. Momin, Stephanie Sherman, Justine Topfer and A.M. Weaver — selected artists from the District, New York and places as far away as Argentina and Australia. The 5×5 Project will be installed this fall, with artworks across all eight wards of the District. For an up-to-date listing of 5X5 Project events, go to: http://www.the5x5project.com

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DCCAH Announces St. Elizabeth’s East Way-Finding Public Art Project Proposal Winner

DCCAH Announces St. Elizabeth’s East Way-Finding Public Art Project Proposal Winner

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) announces that Ward 8 artist Sheila Crider has been selected for the St. Elizabeth’s East Way-Finding Public Art Project for her proposals Here to Here and Wishing on Stars. Ms. Crider’s work was selected by an art selection panel consisting of public art specialists, DMPED and District of Transportation representatives, and Ward 8 community stakeholders. This summer the sculptures will be installed along the St. Elizabeth’s East Campus on Martin Luther King, Jr. and Alabama Avenues, SE.

The welcoming installations were designed to lead the community and visitors to the St. Elizabeth’s East Campus and Gateway Pavilion during the redevelopment process. The project is the first of many public art activations that will take place on the campus over the next several years.

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Mayor Gray Announces Metro Memorial Park Design Team

Mayor Gray Announces Metro Memorial Park Design Team

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, the Department of General Services (DGS) and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) today announced the team that will design the Metro Memorial Park project. The design and architecture firm, Hunt Laudi Studio has partnered with artist Barbara Liotta to develop the vision for the memorial park.

The design team’s vision for the Memorial Park is a space for people to connect with nature’s beauty and a place of artistic reflection to honor the nine victims, first responders and countless lives altered by the June 22, 2009, Metro train collision.  “Through art, we pay tribute to those who lost their lives on one of the most unfortunate days in the District’s recent history,” said DCCAH Executive Director Lionell Thomas. “The design team has shown exceptional aptitude for creating a new memorial that incorporates the families’ and citizens’ voices.” For more information on the Metro Memorial Park, please visit www.dgs.dc.gov

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DCCAH Presents "Wind Me Up, Chuck" Interactive Sculptures to be Installed in Chuck Brown Memorial Park 

DCCAH Presents "Wind Me Up, Chuck" Interactive Sculptures to be Installed in Chuck Brown Memorial Park 

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities announce the selection of local artist Jackie L. Braitman to create a permanent art installation that celebrates the life of musician Chuck Brown. Braitman proposes to create an interactive sculpture that reflects Chuck Brown’s force of personality, echoes the “call and response” inclusiveness of Go-Go music and evokes the captivating rhythms of the Caribbean-inspired Funk music. The Chuck Brown Memorial Park broke ground last year.

Braitman was one of 10 artists who responded to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities request for proposals last year. From that 10, an Art Selection Panel selected three artists to further develop their proposals and present to the neighboring community, the public and also the family of Chuck Brown. The Artist Selection panel received comments and selected Braitman’s design to be installed in the summer of 2014. The Chuck Brown Memorial Park is located at 1800 Franklin Street NE.

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Winners of the 28th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

Winners of the 28th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

The Mayor’s Arts Award winners are listed below in red in their respective category.  The other names are the final nominees for each category.

Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education: Critical Exposure, 826DC, Marta Reid Stewart and The Corcoran Gallery of Art

Excellence in an Artistic Discipline: The Phillips Collection, Bruce McNeil, Washington Bach Consort, National Hand Dance Association and Pan American Symphony Orchestra

Outstanding Emerging Artist: Caitlin Teal Price, Brian Grundstrom, Tommy Taylor, Jr. and Luis Peralta

Innovation in the Arts: The Corcoran Gallery of Art,The Washington Ballet,Miriam’s Kitchen and Arena Stage

Outstanding Service to the Arts: Carla Perlo, Washington Project for the Arts, DC Arts and Humanities Ed. Coll., DC Shorts, Sixth and I Historic Synagogue and BloomBars

Mayors Arts Award for Teaching: Topher Kandick (language arts), Amylia Barnett, Sarah Pace (performing arts), Paige Byrne (visual arts), Bryan Hill, Mandy McCulloch and  Andrea Perll

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11th Street Bridge Park Receives $100,000 Matching Gift

11th Street Bridge Park Receives $100,000 Matching Gift

The 11th Street Bridge Park recently received a gift of $100,000 to support the nation-wide design competition, economic development analysis and implement a health impact assessment.  Now every dollar donated to realize DC’s first elevated park over the Anacostia River will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000. Donate here: https://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6480/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=9237 

At the DC Office of Planning, artist Ed Estes has created new renderings of what a future 11th Street Bridge Park could look like. The final Bridge Park designs will look different as the process goes through the nation-wide design competition, but these pictures should spark the imagination in the interim: http://www.thearcdc.org/news/11th-street-bridge-park-receives-matching-gift. For more information about the 11th Street Bridge Park visit http://www.thearcdc.org/news/virginia-tech-graduate-students-study-11th-street-bridge-park-final-reports

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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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