DeanwoodxDesign Arts and Culture Temporium Launches July 14

By Editorial Team on July 10, 2012
July 14 Schedule of Free Events


IDEA Public Charter High School Field & Wellness Center
1027 45th Street Northeast Washington, DC 20019
(Capital Bikeshare/Deanwood & Minnesota Metro/V7, V8, W4, K12 Buses)

  •     10:30 a.m. – Welcome and Opening performance by The East of the River Steel Pan Band / DxD Distinguished Community Leader Awards Ceremony
  •     10:30 a.m. – 3p.m. – Temporium Interactive Gallery and DxD Outdoor Market
  •     3 p.m. – Free concert featuring performances by  DJ Jahsonic of Main Ingredient, teen soul artist Keymace, and Grammy-nominated artist Kokayi

The Fishing School
4737 Meade Street Northeast Washington, DC 20019 (Capital Bikeshare/Deanwood & Minnesota Metro/V7, V8, W4, K12 Buses )

  •     10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Temporium Gallery featuring  family-friendly and interactive art
  •     11 a.m. – 1p.m.  – myDeanwood Storytelling project
  •     12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – POP-OUT Performances

Tubman-Mahan Gallery/Center for Green Urbanism
3938 Benning Road NE (Capital Bikeshare/Minnesota Avenue & Benning Road Metro/U8,V7,V8, X2, X9, 96 Buses)

  •     10:30 a.m. – 3p.m. – Temporium Gallery featuring photographer Maria Bryk’s photo essay “Chesapeake Bay Watermen: The Art of the Catch” and interactive art
  •     12 p.m. and 1 p.m. –  POP-OUT Performances

On Saturday, July 14, DeanwoodxDesign (DxD) launches with a free day-long festival in Deanwood, one of the District’s earliest African American communities located in Northeast Washington. The DxD kick off features family-friendly events for all ages and includes interactive art exhibitions, pop out performances, outdoor marketplaces, a music concert, and a self-guided walking tour.

The DxD marketplaces and interactive galleries at three Temporium venues will feature  independent Ward 7 and DC-based artisans and crafters selling one-of-a-kind items. Kick off locations include IDEA Public Charter High School, The Fishing School, and the Tubman-Mahan Gallery at The Center for Green Urbanism.

DeanwoodxDesign is a four-month long project that showcases the rich arts, cultural, historical, and green space assets of Deanwood and Ward 7 through a community-wide, intergenerational, and collaborative effort. Free events will take place during the weekends from July 14 through the end of October. For a complete schedule, which is updated weekly, visit

This project is funded by an ArtPlace grant from the DC Office of Planning (OP) and managed by Partners for Livable Communities (Partners). DxD is one of four Arts and Culture Temporiums that OP has funded through ArtPlace in the emerging creative neighborhoods of Deanwood, Anacostia (Lumen8), Brookland (Artland), and upper 14th Street NW (Spring Road to Longfellow Street).

“OP is very excited about the launch of DeanwoodxDesign, our second ArtPlace project East of the River,” said said Kimberly Driggins, Associate Director of City Planning.  “ Deanwood is a wonderful neighborhood and DeanwoodxDesign will highlight the community’s rich history and vibrant arts and culture scene.”

“In emerging creative communities, human capital becomes pivotal in rooting people to place,”  said Jessica Scheuerman, Senior Program Officer at Partners for Livable Communities. “Within the DeanwoodxDesign strategy, Office of Planning and ArtPlace are investing in people more than any other resource. This creative placemaking model is focused on building the skills of emerging cultural activists and connecting them to the  existing network of community institutions.”

On July 14, the myDeanwood Storytelling project will debut at The Fishing School Temporium. Residents and visitors are invited to record their “myDeanwood story,” which will be archived online, between 11 a.m. at 1 p.m. at 4737 Meade Street Northeast.

“We want attendees to talk about their experiences in Deanwood and share something they’ve discovered,” said DeanwoodxDesign’s Social Media Director Kelli Anderson.  “We are encouraging all visitors to learn about the DxD SCVNGER game to explore the community and discover its hidden gems.”

The neighborhood and all events are accessible by foot, bike, and public transit via Deanwood’s lush park trails, three Metro stops (Orange line – Deanwood and Minnesota Ave., and Blue line – Benning Rd.), and four Capital Bikeshare stations.

During DxD, visitors can walk or bike the community through the Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail. On July 21, and three additional dates through October, Cultural Tourism DC will curate a free 90-minute, guided tour that reveals the 1890s craftsmen and 20th century civic rights and R&B icons who created and shaped Deanwood’s rich African American legacy.

Opening on July 27, Ward 7’s only art gallery, the Tubman-Mahan Gallery at The Center for Green Urbanism will house DeanwoodxDesign’s featured artist exhibit “Honoring the Past to Create a Future.”

DxD collaborators include: The Center for Green Urbanism, Cultural Tourism DC, Deanwood Heights Main Streets, East River Family Strengthening Collaborative, IDEA Public Charter High School, George Washington University Event Management Program, Life Pieces to Masterpieces, The Fishing School, The National Building Museum, The National Hand Dancing Association, The Pink Line Project, WeAct Radio, and Word, Beats, and Life, Inc.


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