CulturalDC and Sign of the Times Exhibit Youth Photography in Mobile Art Gallery

By Editorial Team on August 6, 2018
Photo courtesy of CulturalDC.
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Community Kick-Off: Saturday, August 11 from 12pm to 2pm
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Celebrating 20 years of making space for art, CulturalDC is proud to present the latest installation in its Mobile Art Gallery. Local youth will transform the 40-foot renovated shipping container into an exhibition showcasing photography taken in and inspired by their community. Hosted at the East River Park Shopping Center by Cedar Realty Trust, the show will run from August 11-September 29, 2018. Principal support is provided by Stephen G. Stein.

CulturalDC will partner with Sign of the Times to offer a series of free, artist-led, photography workshops for youth ages 10-15 at the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library this summer. In addition to weekly lessons, there are planned field trips to the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment and the National Gallery of Art for a preview of the upcoming Gordon Parks exhibition, The New Tide, guided by the museum’s Consulting Curator Philip Brookman. This workshop is a valuable opportunity for the youth to develop life-long skills and learn about career options within the arts from industry professionals such as James Greggs, Donnell Lewis, Candice Taylor, and Rosina Teri Memolo. Through photography, these youth will be exposed to and have a new way to engage their community.

“CulturalDC is proud to collaborate with Sign of the Times’ photo workshop. DC youth have awe-inspiring spirit and fresh viewpoints. The Mobile Art Gallery is the perfect platform for these youth to tell their neighborhood’s story through photography,” says Ava LaTanya Hilton, Executive Director of CulturalDC.

“Far Northeast (Deanwood), now Ward 7, was a culturally desolate community until the Sign of the Times came over forty years ago, opening the first free summer art and dance workshops for the children and youth in Lincoln Heights (Public Housing). Our longevity and talented youth speaks for itself,” says founder and Executive Director James Greggs.

The workshops will culminate in a month-long exhibition of participants’ work in the Mobile Art Gallery hosted by Cedar Realty Trust. The free Community Kick-Off will be held on Saturday, August 11 from 12-2pm, where all are encouraged to come celebrate the opening of the new exhibition. The event will feature local food, performers, and other fun activities.

“Cedar Realty Trust continues to collaborate with organizations that support and empower the Ward 7 community and the East River Park Shopping Center,” said Robin Zeigler, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to expanding our investment in this community, and events like the mobile art gallery are just the beginning of what is to come for this neighborhood in the future.”

East River Park Shopping Center is located at 322 40th St. NE.