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Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

From an event, Seeing Deeper, at the National Cathedral on Monday night:

“This exclusive after-hours experience allows photographers to stay for an hour after the building has closed and witness the Cathedral illuminated floor to ceiling with a series of rotating colors and patterns that bring the building’s architecture to life.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

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Photo by Matt

Thanks to a reader for sending:

“Just saw that this local artist — Robin Bell — is behind a lot of the visual displays featured on PoPville.”

Bell Visuals website says:

“Robin Bell, founder of Bell Visuals, is an award-winning editor, video journalist, and multimedia artist based in Washington DC. Robin works on a range of political and public interest projects. (more…)

creative grounds dc
1822 North Capitol Street, NW

Ed. Note: This is the old Seaton Market.

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January, 2014

From a press release:

“Husband and wife duo, Asmara Sium and Kenn Blagburn announced the opening of Creative Grounds DC. The couple’s new venture goes beyond the traditional coffee bar model to include a unique and fulfilling arts education program for kids, studio rental and exhibition space for artists. Located in the Bloomingdale neighborhood, Creative Grounds DC is a 2,000 sq ft facility that will host artists, art related events, rental space and a coffee bar. (more…)

making america
Photo by Miki Jourdan

From an email:

“I wanted to let you know about an exhibit of some of my street portraits at Sidamo Coffee & Tea (417 H St. NE).  I pulled together this exhibit following the 2016 election, and choosing the photos was part of my way of coming to terms with the thought of a President Trump. I also wanted to respond to the slurs Trump heaped on so many during the campaign, from women to Muslims to Latinos.  For more on what I was thinking as I made my selections, see this post on DC Focused.   You can see all of the exhibit photos here. It will likely be up at Sidamo for 2-3 months.”

we the people
via kickstarter

So far $1,079,896, and rising fast, has been raised.

From the Kickstarter fundraiser:

“WE BELIEVE ART HAS THE POWER TO WAKE PEOPLE UP.

Eight years ago, the artist Shepard Fairey made the iconic image that captured a period of HOPE in America. Today we are in a very different moment, one that requires new images that reject the hate, fear, and open racism that were normalized during the 2016 presidential campaign. So on Inauguration Day, We the People will flood Washington, DC with NEW symbols of hope.”

“This art has been already been commissioned by the Amplifier Foundation. Some of the greatest activist artists working today, including Shepard, Ernesto Yerena, and Jessica Sabogal, have collaborated with photographers to create a series of images that capture the shared humanity of our diverse America.”

all posters
via kickstarter

“Now the tricky part: printing and distributing these images on a massive scale in time for Inauguration. (more…)

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From an email:

“We’re only a few days from the opening of The Triangle Known as Truxton Circle at 410 GooDBuddY (410 Florida Ave NW) on Friday the 13th from 6-8pm. But I really want to stress that we’ll have a few gallery hours including the day of the inauguration (1/20 Noon to 3PM), for locals who haven’t skipped town as well as an artists talk on February 11 from 2-4PM where we’ll explain our work in greater depth.

So what’s it about? Truxton Circle, the people and the traffic circle fountain. It is also about change and loss. My part focuses on the history of the neighborhood told through the story of maps, which show change in the neighborhood, from the physical environment to the changing demographics. With change there is loss. Ira Tattelman’s “Fountain” installation explores the lost fountain that once sat in the former Truxton Circle at North Capitol and Florida Avenue. Brian Bakke examines the people forgotten and lost in the changing landscape and tells their stories with small vignettes and etchings.”

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“Son of Frankenmap” a composite of a few 1919 plat maps piecing together the neighborhood”

Ed. Note: I found this old photo below from an old PoPville post back in 2009.

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Undated, Via National Archives in College Park

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Brian Farrow. Photo by Ron Cowie

As America’s next president is inaugurated, all eyes will be on DC. Many artists will be asking themselves what America means to them. For this one-night-only event, DC’s creative community won’t hold back.

A unique DC arts festival will take place on inauguration weekend at the new Edgewood Arts Center at 3415 8th St NE. MY AMERICA: DC Creates – Innovates – Unites will feature musical performances and visual art from artists based in the DC metro area. This evening festival will be open to all ages from 7-10pm on Saturday, January 21st, 2017. (more…)