Mural documentation project benefit – October 22, 2014


Our website ( showcases the works of public art that dot every quadrant of the city.  For the first time, viewers will be able to easily access a representative cross-section of the widely dispersed murals, grouped into five categories:  (1) Beginnings; (2) The Greats; (3) Neighborhood Anchors; (4) Mural Graveyard; (5) New. The resource includes an interactive blog that we hope will become a lively forum for community comments and dialog.

Over the last 18 months we have documented 20 additional murals (i.e., photographs and oral histories) conducted a number of tours, presented public programs, and contributed to a mural exhibition. Coming up we have additional tours, a presentation at the DC Historical Studies Conference, and an exhibition at MLK Library.


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DC’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels; Friday, September 26 – Sunday, September 28

Check out this weekend’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels from CultureCapital, your link to the Arts in Metro DC.

Anjelah JohnsonAnjelah Johnson
Warner Theatre. Sat.
Actress and comedian, Anjelah Johnson is most notable as a cast member on the series MADtv during its 13th season. Her characters included a Vietnamese nail salon employee and a rude fast food employee named Bon Qui Qui.

5x5(home)land: The Afrofuturisms of Astro Black
National Gallery of Art. Sat.
Part of the 5×5 Project, this event is a video lecture performance by Soda_Jerk with curator Justine Topfer. Soda_Jerk: After the Rainbow is a two-person art collective from Australia. The video installation interweaves the fantasy world of cinema with the complex reality of Judy Garland’s life.

FallTheatreFall Theatre 2014 in Metro DC
Various locations. Through November 26, 2014.
The 2014 Metro DC Theatre Season has begun, and has a quick and easy look up for you to see what DC theatre companies and performing arts centers have in store for you. And best of all you can click through to the theatre and purchase your tickets starting now.

CultureCapital. Your Metro DC Arts Alliance for over 30 years.

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DC’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels; Friday, September 19 – Sunday, September 21

Check out this weekend’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels from CultureCapital, your link to the Arts in Metro DC.

ArtReceptiveArtReceptiveTime Coffee Hour: Rodrigo de Castro: Small Stories
IDB Staff Association Art Gallery. Fri.
Stop by for coffee during or after your lunch break and meet Uruguayan artist Rodrigo de Castro. Get inspired in the middle of your workday and meet other colleagues and professionals from the block. Have a cookie or two!


KingLearShakespeare’s Globe’s King Lear
Folger Theatre.
Renowned classical actor Joseph Marcell (TV’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Folger Theatre’s As You Like It) plays the title role in this stunning production by Shakespeare’s Globe On Tour.


FatalSongFatal Song: The Great Opera Murders
In Series at Source Theatre. Sat. & Sun.
“A bunch of opera heroines start to notice that someone or something is killing them off. They then wink their way through some of opera’s most celebrated moments. A delightfully daffy send-up of the opera genre…” says The Salt Lake Tribune, but the singing is dead serious!

CultureCapital. Your Metro DC Arts Alliance for over 30 years.

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Hola Cultura Latino Mural Map – Presentation and Roundtable


La Herencia: Mapping the legacy of Latino murals

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Funding Alert: Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Grant


The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) invites the submission of applications for the H Street NE and Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Grants. DMPED will award individual grants of up to a maximum of $85,000 for small business owners to improve their place of business. The grant application is available on the Great Streets website at greatstreets.dc.govPLEASE NOTE: this is a rolling application. Submitted applications will be reviewed, and award decisions will be made, on a monthly basis commencing on Monday, September 29th, 2014.

Review the Requests for Applications (RFAs) by visiting the links below:

FY15 H Street NE Small Business Capital Improvement Grants

FY15 Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Grants



Find Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) contractors by submitting an online request form or searching the online database.

For assistance with your grant application, please contact one of our Community Partners.

Would you like to learn more about this grant opportunity? Please attend one of our upcoming information sessions.


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REMINDER – JOIN US – Rooftop Launch of the DC Crowdfunding Challenge Series Event and Happy Hour – 9/16



The DC Crowdfunding Challenge series will have a free rooftop launch
event and happy hour on Tuesday, September 16th at 6:00-8:30 PM at
1425 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. Metro to McPherson Square
(Orange/Blue) and exit at the Franklin Square/14th Street exit.

The launch event is open to the public at no cost. Small businesses
are encouraged to attend.

Your RSVP is required for admiitance:


In a bold move to support small business growth in the nation’s
capital, the District of Columbia government has partnered with
National Crowdfunding Services, LLC (NCS) to pilot crowdfunding for
local small businesses.

Specifically, NCS will provide crowdfunding services to selected
grantees of the District’s Great Streets Initiative through a pilot
program called “The Washington DC Crowdfunding Challenge.”  This
program will supplement the Small Business Capital Improvement Grants
supporting small businesses, retail corridors, and the goals of the
Great Streets Initiative.

The DC CROWDFUNDING CHALLENGE series will have groups of Capital City
Sharks vetting small business presentations at several locations, and
the Sharks may choose to invest, along with the presenter’s social
media community of friends, family and supporters.  It’s going to be

I hope you will join us to for the exciting launch of the DC
Crowdfunding Challenge Series.

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New York Avenue Sculpture Project Dedication

National Museum Women in the Arts

AbakanowiczWalkingFigures1 You’re Invited to an Opening and Celebration

Tuesday | September 30 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

The third New York Avenue Sculpture Project installation features the work of internationally renowned artist Magdalena Abakanowicz, whose monumental sculptures represent human figures and birds in flight, exploring the power of nature, the force of destruction, and the resiliency of hope.

Remarks will be followed by a lecture by curator and Abakanowicz scholar Mary Jane Jacob in the Performance Hall at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005 at 12 p.m. (seating limited).

Mary Jane Jacob, a leading scholar on the work of Abakanowicz, is a curator and executive director of exhibitions and exhibition studies and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1982, she curated the first U.S. retrospective on Abakanowicz that traveled to major museums across the U.S. and Canada. She has also written several major essays on the artist’s work.

RSVP for the event by calling (202) 266-2825 or emailing by Monday, September 22. Learn more about the New York Sculpture Project.

Image: Walking Figures, 2009; Bronze, varying dimensions (each figure approx.: 106 1/4 x 35 3/8 x 55 1/8 in.); © Magdalena Abakanowicz, courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York

New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Magdalena Abakanowicz is made possible with funding provided by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Public Art Building Communities Grant Program; the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation; and Medda Gudelsky.


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GALA’s 39th Season

20140908112235_744At a Glance at GALA Events:
Cancún: September 11-October 5, 2014
Noche de GALA – Sat, September 13 at 8 pm
Special performance by El Cuarteto de Amor from Argentina and Uruguay – Before 2 pm matinee of Cancún on Saturday, October 5
¡Tum Tica!: Una Historia de música y familia (GALita): October 13-25, 2014

Un Vistazo a los Eventos de GALA
Cancún: 11 septiembre -5 octubre, 2014
Noche de GALA – sábado 13 de septiembre a las 8pm
Representación especial por El Cuarteto de Amor de Argentina y Uruguay – Antes de la matiné de las 2 pm de Cancún sábado 5 de octubre.
¡Tum Tica!: Una Historia de música y familia (GALita): 13-25 de octubre de 2014

CANCUN Has Arrived 

Cancún, the hilarious contemporary comedy by Jordi Galeceran is now showing and runs through October 5. Tickets are going fast, so you don’t want to miss it!

To purchase your  ticket call 202-234-7174 or go to our online box-office. Showtime  8 pm Thursday & Friday, 2 pm* & 8 pm Saturdays, and 2 pm Sunday. *There will be no matinee on Sept. 13, due to our Noche de GALA event that evening.

Cancún, la moderna y divertida comedia por Jordi Galceran ahora se está estrenando y va hasta el 5 de octubre. ¡Los boletos se agotan rápido, que no se lo pierdan! Para comprar su boleto llame al 202-234-7174 o visite nuestra boletería virtual. Hora de inicio 8 pm jueves y viernes, 2 pm * y 8 pm los sábados, y 2 pm el domingo. *No habrá matiné el 13 de septiembre por nuestra Noche de GALA.

Here Comes El Carretón 

Aqui Viene El Carreton/Here Comes the Funky Wagon is a street theatre project led by Alina Collins Maldonado and Quique Avile, who direct GALA’s Paso Nuevo program, and Sheila Mirza, and involves a diverse team of community members. The project encourages thinking, dialogue, and debate on issues of race, immigration, and community through creative and contemporary ways. The ensemble is a dynamic group of multicultural talent who perform throughout DC. Performances are generally between 10-12 minutes and may include a song, skit, monologue, puppet show or poem. The next performance will be September 27 at 3 pm at Lamont Park in Mount Pleasant.  Read More

Aquí Viene El Carretón / Here Comes the Funky Wagon es un proyecto de teatro callejero dirigido por Alina Collins Maldonado y Quique Avilés quienes dirigen el programa Paso Nuevo de GALA, y Sheila Mirza, e involucra también un equipo diverso de miembros de la comunidad. El proyecto promueve el pensamiento, diálogo y debate sobre temas de la raza, inmigración y comunidad a través de maneras creativas y contemporáneas. El conjunto es un grupo dinámico de talento multicultural que se presentan a lo largo de DC. Las representaciones por lo general son 10 a 12 minutos de duración y pueden incluir una canción, escena,  monólogo, espectáculo de títeres o un poema. La próxima presentación será el 27 de septiembre a las 3 pm en el Lamont Park en Mount Pleasant.Read More

Stay informed about GALA events with our New Marquee

We are happy to announce that we are finally installing a marquee at our theatre entrance.  The marquee will mimic the historic style of the marquee at the corner, which was the original theatre entrance, and will include an LED screen announcing our events and coming attractions. The new marquee will make it easier for the community to stay informed about GALA’s programs and activities.

Nos complace anunciar que finalmente vamos a instalar una marquesina en la entrada del teatro. La marquesina se imitará  el estilo histórico que ya existe en la esquina,en la entrada original del teatro e incluirá una pantalla LED para anunciar nuestros eventos y atracciones que venideras. La nueva marquesina facilitará que la comunidad se mantenga informada sobre los programas y eventos de GALA.


A Night of Ibero-American  Food, Music, and Art: 

IberoAmerica Cultura DC presents Noche Iberoamericana on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington DC.
Experience a night of rich cultural displays, music, and delicious food from various regions throughout Iberoamerica. Enjoy an exhibit on Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinema, indulge on Peruvian ceviche, Spanish tapas, and Salvadoran cuisine and sip on Peruvian pisco, Spanish cava, Dominican rum, Honduran beer, or Chilean or Argentine wine. Music will be provided by Brazilian guitarist, Peter Richardson, El Cuarteto del Amor from Uruguay y Argentina, and the group Peruvian Instrumental. Tickets are $60 and tax deductible.  Click to buy tickets.

Iberoamérica Cultura DC presenta Noche Iberoamericana el jueves, 2 de octubre 2014 de 6:30-9:30 pm en el Instituto Cultural de México en Washington, DC.
Disfrute de una noche de exhibiciones culturales, música y comida deliciosa de distintas regiones de Iberoamérica. Goce de una exposición de fotografías sobre la Edad de Oro del Cine de México, desde el gusto de comer ceviche peruano, tapas españolas, cocina salvadoreña y tome un poco de pisco peruano, cava español, ron dominicano, cerveza hondureña, o vino chileno o argentino. La música estará a cargo del guitarrista brasileño, Peter Richardson, El Cuarteto del Amor de Uruguay y Argentina, y el grupo Peruvian Instrumental. Los boletos son de $60 y deducible de impuestos. Comprar boletos.

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Dance Construction Company 40th Anniversary Season



Fall 2014 Calendar


Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30pm
Joe’s Movement Emporiun
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mount Rainier, MD 20712


Maida discusses her historic site-based works and presents films and photographs of works that took place locally and internationally, inside and outside of buildings, at galleries and museums, earth sites, National Parks, and other non-traditional spaces. Withers gives context to the role and place of space in the creation and performance of dances for “live audiences” and on dance films shot on location.


Saturday, September 20 at 8:30pm
The New Art Works Now
4800 Rhode Island Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781


Maida Withers Dance Construction Company will be joined by electronic musician/composer Steve Hilmy on September 20th at 8:30 pm in Art Works Now’s new location. Lighting will be designed by Enoch Chan of Deviated Theater. Withers, a pioneer and innovator of site-specific work in the world of dance, proposed a concept to the Art Lives Here partners back in January that would engage audiences with the questions, “does art live here?” and “what does it mean if art lives here?” The piece, entitled “Trans Action” allows the audience to decide if “art” (one female dancer) can survive the onslaught of seven dancers in business suits attempting to dominate and suppress her.

Saturday, November 8 at 8:00pm until Midnight
Blind Whino: SW Arts Club
700 Delaware Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20024
Price: $30

Contact: Billy Andrews at or 202-994-0739

Shane Pomajambo at or 703-762-4135

Blind Whino joins with Maida Withers Dance Construction Company for a Masquerade Ball to celebrate the historic 40th anniversary of the Company. The event features a world-class DJ along with electronic musicians John Driscoll and Steve Hilmy, and an auction of artist designed masks. MWDCCo will perform excerpts of the Company’s extensive dance repertory throughout the evening.

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6:00pm
Kennedy Center Theater Lab
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566

Contact: Jane Rabinovitz at or 202-416-8044

Billy Andrews at or 202-994-0739

FREE Repertory and preview of MindFluctuations – dance/computer art/new music work to premiere March 2015.

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“Associative Fugue” at Project 4 – September 13, 2014


September 13 – October 18

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 13, 2014

AssociativeFugueProject 4 is pleased to present “Associative Fugue”, a solo exhibition by Washington, DC-based artist Matthew Mann. In music, a fugue is a compositional technique in which multiple voices are repeated throughout a composition; and in psychiatry, a fugue is a temporary, dissociative state where one experiences a loss of awareness of their identity. With Associative Fugue, Mann’s paintings weave together landscapes, cowboys, birds, and patterns that create a formal complexity with underlying symbolic and associative possibilities. Mann’s use of bold, saturated colors, coupled with his blending of representational tropes mirrors both the musical and psychiatric fugues while musing on the tenuousness of narrative in visual culture.

Matthew Mann received his BFA from the Central Missouri State University and his MFA from American University in Washington, DC. Mann has exhibition throughout Eastern US, most recently with the Hamiltonian Gallery as a Fellow with the Hamiltonian Artists. He has received grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and been a visiting artist at the Luce Center Foundation, Smithsonian American Art Museum; Maryland Institute College of Art and Design; and Penn State University. This is the artist’s first exhibition at Project 4.

For more information or to arrange a preview, please contact Gallery Manager Kelsey Finn at 202.232.4340 or

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