Archive for the ‘Art’ category

New Mural in the Works for 3124 Georgia Avenue

March 20, 2017

A new mural is being planned for this vacant wall at 3124 Georgia Avenue, NW.

A new mural is in the planning stages for the large vacant wall on the southwest corner of Georgia Avenue and Kenyon Street. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A approved a letter in support of the mural at their March 8, 2017, meeting.

Prior to the approval, Commissioner Rashida Brown had meet with the property’s owner and with Words, Beats & Life with is the organization that has selected the site for the mural. Words, Beats & Life will work closely with the ANC and the community during the mural process. The organization partners with local artists and community members to replace graffiti with art and will provide the supplies and instruction necessary to complete the project.

No design has been shared for this specific site to date.

Checking Out the Respect the District Installation at 14th & Irving

February 13, 2017

Over the weekend I saw the following installation at the southwest corner of 14th and Irving streets, NW, which I guess has been there since January 10th. In checking out @RespecttheDistrict‘s Twitter profile, it states the following — The Respect Flag at 14th & Irving in DC. Designed by emzki. Connect your stories & selfies taken through the stars. Respect!

This art installation  is connected to Vision Zero DC, and is their 2nd public art installation aimed at preventing Street Harassment.

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Interactive Art Installation Explores Human Behavior on City Streets

January 24, 2017

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

January 12, 2017

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. (more…)

Ward 1 Holiday Concert Scheduled for Wednesday, December 14th

December 13, 2016

Yesterday, Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau’s office sent out an announcement that they will be hosting a Holiday Concert tomorrow, Wednesday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre on U Street. The event is free, and while it was created for Ward 1 seniors, it is also open to anyone who is able to attend.

See the flyer below for details:
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See/Change Video Installation Closes

November 22, 2016

The See/Change video installation along Georgia Avenue came to a close along with the end of FotoWeekDC. Yet, in the week residents and visitors of Georgia Avenue were able to enjoy it, it brightened our lives and highlighted the diversity, faces, and stories of the community. It also received some notable press taking our community to a much broader audience than just the stretch of road between Florida Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue — such as the article Encouraging Neighbors to See Eye to Eye written by Jessica Leigh Hester in CityLab.

Below is a short video that gives an idea of what viewing the installation was like. The full video is much longer than this clip. It is my hope that we can find a permanent location for the installation within the community.

New Temporary Video Art Now on Georgia Avenue

November 14, 2016

img_1832-2Saturday kicked off a week-long video installation on Georgia Avenue by local artist Philippa Hughes. The project is called SEE/CHANGE which is composed of video portraits of residents and business owners who live and work along Lower Georgia Avenue. The video will be projected from within vacant and other spaces and on the sides of buildings along the corridor each night. According to Philippa Hughes, “commuters and pedestrians will see that they are passing through a thriving and diverse community. Video stories told by residents about their neighborhood will be posted online at seechangedc.com.”

In addition to the video, there will be A community discussion: “What are the changes you see?” tonight from 6:30 to 8 pm at Walls of Books (3325 Georgia); an art workshop called “Welcome to Washington” on Satruday, November 19th; and a Closing party also on the 19th at Midlands (3333 Georgia) beginning at 5:30 pm.

This project is part of a creative placemaking project supported by the DC Office of Planning.

img_1831(Philippa Hughes at the SEE/CHANGE kickoff at Tchoup (3301 Georgia Avenue))

The map below shows the locations of where the videos will be located.


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