Photo by PoPville flickr user Pablo Raw

From a press release:

“The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) board of commissioners recently approved $9,191,280 in funding recommendations as part of the agency’s FY17 grant awards, including $352,200 for new acquisitions to the District’s Art Bank Collection. This announcement comes on the heels of September’s 202Creates, an initiative of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s that spotlighted the District’s creative economy sector.

“These grant awards support a wide range of projects and professionals working in a variety of arts and humanities disciplines across the District of Columbia,” said Arthur Espinoza, Jr., Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “These grants are investments in the District’s creative economy, and are critical to supporting the work of our arts and humanities professionals.”

“We are proud to be able to support the work of these individuals and organizations through our grant programs,” said Kay Kendall, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “We look forward to seeing the exciting creations and contributions from the District’s cultural sectors.”

DCCAH awards these grants through a competitive process. Applications from individuals and organizations are reviewed by independent panels that then make award recommendations to the DCCAH board of commissioners. Commissioners are the final authority on grant awards. Award recipients are notified in early October. Those applicants not receiving funding are offered technical assistance to support future applications.

DCCAH intends to award 481 grants in FY17 in the following categories: (more…)


From an email:

“This art installation is down the narrow Stronghold alley, overlooking the Glenwood cemetery (Micro Showcase, 21 Evarts St NE). Signs of Regret.”

If we were walking down a street that ends with our lives, what are the road signs we might wish to heed as we travel? –Brian Levy

Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. “When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently,” she says, “common themes surfaced again and again.” She recorded their dying epiphanies in a book, Five Regrets of the Dying.

Installed at the Micro Showcase, overlooking the Glenwood Cemetery, in September 2016



From an email:

Street Sense to Celebrate its 13th Anniversary with a Showcase of Original Works by Local Artists Experiencing Homelessness

Street Sense has been changing the story of homelessness in the DC community since 2003. Street Sense works with individuals experiencing homelessness to create economic opportunities and to elevate the voices of poverty issues and injustice through media and art. Please join this effort by attending the District of Art, Street Sense’s 13th anniversary celebration.

What: District of Art: A Street Sense Annual Celebration

When: Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th St NW, Washington, DC

Why: Celebrate Street Sense’s 13th anniversary; enjoy original works of photography, poetry, theater, film, and music created by local artists experiencing homelessness; fund raise for Street Sense’s skills-based workshops.”

art all night

It will be epic. This year neighborhoods where you can the action are: Congress Heights, Dupont Circle, H Street, NE, North Capitol (Bloomingdale, Truxton Circle), Tenleytown, Van Ness

From Art All Night DC:

“Art All Night: Made in DC is Washington, DC’s free overnight arts festival, starting at 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 24, 2016 and running until 3:00 AM the following morning. The festival will take place in seven DC Main Streets neighborhoods, bringing visual and performing arts, including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance, theater, film, and poetry, to indoor and outdoor public and private spaces, including businesses.

A ‘pre-party’ sponsored by JBG will begin at 4:00 PM on the 1900-2100 blocks of 8th Street, NW in Shaw, with over 25 aerialists, jugglers, gymnasts, and other performers from the Nuit Cirque troupe, in addition to art installations and music in businesses along those blocks.”


From an email:

“For the second year running, Upshur Street Books and Petworth Citizen are proud to pair up for BLOOMSDAY, a celebration of the author James Joyce. We’ll be doing a marathon reading of ULYSSES starting at 5pm Wednesday June 15th and finishing up around 12am Thursday June 16th. This year we’re also excited to partner with Third Floor, where some of the readings will take place (see below for location schedule).

Food by Chef Jerry Zawacki and drinks (including Irish whiskey of course) will be available in both locations.

We’ll have many many special guests reading passages – look for NPR personalities, professional storytellers, local actors and performers (Pointless Theatre Co. Rorschach Theatre and We Happy Few Productions), and many more!

LOCATION SCHEDULE: (all times approximate)
5pm-11pm Weds: THIRD FLOOR. 4200 9th St NW
11pm Weds – 12pm Thurs: PETWORTH CITIZEN
12pm-12am Thurs: THIRD FLOOR”

Becky Borlan Bricks Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial. Photo by Kate Warren

From a press release:

“Arts in Foggy Bottom, Washington’s award-winning public art program, will present Turf and Terrain, the 2016 Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, from Saturday, May 14 through Saturday, October 22. The exhibition, selected by Washington-based curator Danielle O’Steen, will feature 13 contemporary sculptures, new media installations, and performances by 14 local, regional, and international artists. All works will be displayed in front of private homes throughout the Foggy Bottom Historic District between 24th and 26th Streets NW, and H and K Streets NW (located near the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stop). The five-month exhibition is free and open to the public. (more…)