Interactive Art Installation Explores Human Behavior on City Streets

Posted January 24, 2017 by Kent
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The Walkway(The Walkway, and interactive art installation at the Reeves Center)

There is currently a public art exhibit on the corner of 14th and U streets in front of the Reeves Center. It is titled The Walkway and it is an interactive installation that is an exploration of human behavior towards others on city streets and in public spaces. The art space consists of a tunnel with each side showing faces and statements of interactions that have been experienced in public. Some of the experiences shared are positive — others are negative, harassing, or hostile.

What I like about the experience is that it makes one reflect upon their own experiences and interactions in public spaces. There is also an online component which allows anyone to participate in the project, which is a collaboration between the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the District Department of Transportation. Through the portal, they are collecting information regarding words, phrases and gestures that are used in public spaces to address others. This is a study to explore what people consider to be respectful, friendly, non-friendly or threatening interactions. While data collected will be used as part of an interactive exhibit, responses will be kept anonymous.

Below are a few more photos from my visit:

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What Was Your Experience During the Women’s March This Weekend?

Posted January 23, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement

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womens-march-metro(One of the many Green Line trains packed taking people to Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington)

The Women’s March on Washington has come and gone, and I doubt anyone in Washington wasn’t involved or impacted in some way. Whether you were packed like a sardine on Metro (an experience I personally shared) — where ridership exceeded Metro’s capacity, with trains sitting in tunnels waiting for trains to unload and platforms to clear further down the line — or walked down to participate, or even hosted family and friends from out of town (I had the pleasure of hosting family from Ohio),  it seemed like everyone was involved and helped make the day the tremendous success it turned out to be. It certainly exceeded my expectations.

What was your experience? What moment did you feel was the most significant/moving moment of the day for you? Equally important, what impact do you think the march with have in the long-term?

Latino Market May Be in the Works for Georgia Avenue

Posted January 19, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Grocery Stores, Small Businesses

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img_2030(Former D&B Deli site, just north of the old Murrays on Georgia Avenue.)

The old D&B Deli at 3412 Georgia Avenue (btw. Morton & Park Rd.) is closed and appears to be turning into a Latino Market. Its hard to tell how quickly this transformation will occur, as the Coming Soon sign for La Herradura Supermarket has been up since November.

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Another Neighborhood Alley Getting Repaired

Posted January 18, 2017 by Kent
Categories: alleys, Restoration repair and maintenance

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I’m happy to report that another Park View alley is getting rebuilt. The alley is located on the block bordered by New Hampshire, Newton Place, Georgia, and Park Road. Like many of the other new alleys, this one too will be surfaced in brick. Below are a few photos.

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From the Core Studios Reopens

Posted January 17, 2017 by Kent
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From the Core Studios, located at 3111 Georgia Avenue, NW

From the Core Studios, located at 3111 Georgia Avenue, NW

After being closed the last few months, From the Core Studios has reopened. According to an announcement to their Grand-Reopening this weekend, From the Core will have new instructors, new classes, and a dynamic new website coming soon!

While the new From the Core Website hadn’t gone live when I visited it, it looks like it should launch today. I’d recommend checking it out.

More Work Begun on Park Road, NW

Posted January 13, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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Former church at 625 Park Road, NW.

Former church at 625 Park Road, NW.

Interior work on the historic Park Road church building has begun, which is great to see. In checking permit applications, I found that a building permit was issued on December 5, 2016, with the following scope of work:

“addition alteation and repair to an existing 2 story with cellar historically registered church to convert it to a 3 story with cellar and mezzanine, 38 unit apartment house, to include partial demolition of existing SFD on same lot and underpining of existing structure as per plans and approved BZA.”

The rowhouse at 633 Park Road is also part of the property and the approved BZA plans. In looking at permits for that address, a raze permit was approved on September 20, 2016, to raze the “2 story small semi – detached town house (row house).” Work was also observed here too.

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Call For Artists to Participate in Historical Society of Washington’s 2017 For the Record Exhibition

Posted January 12, 2017 by Kent
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For all the artists in our community, here is an opportunity to showcase your work and our greater community!

FINAL ENTRY DEADLINE: EXTENDED ***May 15, 2017***

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. invites all artists residing in the Washington metropolitan area to enter its 2017 For the Record juried exhibition and fundraiser. All art work meeting exhibition guidelines will be considered.

OVERVIEW

Visitors enjoying themselves at the opening of For the Record exhibition in 2016.

Visitors enjoying themselves at the opening of For the Record exhibition in 2016.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C challenges local artists to create 2D artwork depicting a specific neighborhood in each of the city’s eight wards. Drawing upon For the Record’s successful 2015 and 2016 iterations, the Historical Society seeks to engage an even wider community of artists in this exciting exhibition and program. For the Record provides exposure, recognition, and enduring prestige to local artists, and raises funds to support the Historical Society. The 2017 program and exhibition will document and feature:

Ward 1: Howard Town/Pleasant Plains
Ward 2: Burleith
Ward 3: Palisades
Ward 4: Shepherd Park
Ward 5: Ivy City
Ward 6: Buzzard Point
Ward 7: Kenilworth
Ward 8: Congress Heights

For the Record is an opportunity for people who live, work, and play in D.C. to capture and share the built environment and social fabric of these neighborhoods, and to portray Washington as it exists today.

Curators from local institutions will serve as jurors for the competition and chose the artworks that will comprise the exhibit. The selected works will be displayed in summer 2017. Up to five works may be chosen by the Collections Committee to become part of the Historical Society’s permanent collection. Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 photographs and top 3 non-photographs; an additional prize will be given to the work deemed Best Overall. New this year, the Best in Ward prize will be given to the artist whose work is chosen as the best piece representing each specific ward.

Award recipients and artwork chosen for the permanent collection will be announced during the reception. Read the rest of this post »


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