DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Announces INNOVATE DC – Special Arts Initiative Grant


Up to $100,000 of funding offered for innovative arts projects in Washington, DC

(Washington, DC) – Today the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) announced the Innovate DC Special Arts Initiative, which offers one-time grants up to $100,000 to District-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts and community-based organizations.

The grant is aimed to reward projects that encourage and maintain the long-term development and impact on the arts, humanities and Creative Economy in Washington, DC.

Innovate DC is a funding initiative of the DCCAH that best reflects the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the District of Columbia’s arts, humanities and cultural sectors. This new initiative strongly supports Mayor Bowser’s Administration’s efforts to advance a fresh start with programs that are creative, innovative and improve neighborhoods in the District. Funding opportunities have been expanded to include culinary arts, fashion, graphic design, digital media and film.

“The Creative Economy is responsible for more than 112,000 jobs here in Washington, DC,” said Edmund Fleet, Chair of DCCAH. “This initiative will help ensure continued growth and expansion of the arts and support exciting ideas that will have a positive impact on the District.”

“Innovate DC encourages organizations to make a creative and strategic departure from their standard practice,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of DCCAH. “In particular, we encourage applicants to explore collaborations that expand the reach of the arts, humanities and the Creative Economy, as well as public-private partnerships that are responsive and impactful.”

Applications will be available online at www.dcarts.dc.gov beginning Wednesday, January 28, 2015. DCCAH will hold a series of grant writing workshops in February. Applications for the Innovate DC grant will be due Thursday, February 26, 2015. For more information, contact Derek Younger or Moshe Adams, DCCAH Director of Grants, at 202-724-5613.

About the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Submissions for the White House Student Film Festival for one more week


Are you a student filmmaker with big ideas about the importance of service and giving back? Do you know a young person who is?

Then we’re glad you’re reading this, because we’re only accepting submissions for the White House Student Film Festival for one more week.

Here’s how it works:

Any K-12 U.S. student can submit a film that’s three minutes long or shorter. You can read more about the submission guidelines here.

We’ll feature the official selections on the White House website, and share them across the Internet on official White House accounts. And if you’re selected, you might even have the chance to attend the film festival yourself, at the White House.

Along with representatives from the American Film Institute and other White House staff, I’ll be taking a look at every submission we get — and last year, we got some great stuff. Take a look at the official selections of 2014:

Watch the official selections from last year's Film Festival.

So if you still want to submit a film, or you know someone who does, it’s time. Break out the lights, write a script, get your camera ready, and show us what you’ve got.

You can learn more and enter your submission here.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll make.



Adam Garber
Video Director
The White House

DC Jazz Festival Announces 2015 Headliners, Featuring a Diverse Array of International Talent


Jazz Greats and More to Perform Across the Nation’s Capital, June 10-16

The fastest growing jazz festival in the U.S., the DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF), today announced some of this year’s headliners, a diverse selection of renowned and emerging artists performing in venues across the nation’s capital, June 10-16. Locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists confirmed for the 2015 DCJF include multiple award winner Common, several Grammy winners and nominees including Esperanza Spalding, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, Snarky Puppy, the acoustic jazz supergroup The Cookers (2014 iTunes Jazz Album of The Year designees), Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera, among numerous other outstanding artists (with more to come).

The DC Jazz Festival is dedicated to showcasing the wealth of great artists based in our community. This year’s festival will feature popular local artists including saxophonist Marshall Keys and the swinging, honeyed vocal tones of Sharón Clark.

“We are delighted to dive into our second decade presenting a lineup that will ensure we continue to attract jazz lovers from around the world to enjoy our nation’s original art form in D.C.,” said Sunny Sumter, Executive Director of the DC Jazz Festival. “The Festival helps shine a light on our mission, which has always been to celebrate jazz in our nation’s capital, promote music integration in school curricula and to expand and diversify the audience of jazz enthusiasts across the globe.”

As the largest and most diverse music festival in the nation’s capital, the DCJF reaches more than 60,000 visitors of all ages each year.

“This remarkable array of talent – with much more to come – exemplifies the broad range of modern music expressions of the jazz esthetic and beyond,” said DCJF Artistic Director Willard Jenkins.

The Festival’s outdoor showcase at The Yards Park on the Anacostia River returns for the third straight year, by popular demand. Dubbed “DC Jazz Festival and Events DC Present: Jazz at The Yards,” the event features a weekend of cool music, jazz extensions, and first-class performers in a gorgeous setting.

Also returning for another year is Jazz at the Hamilton Live, presented by the DC Jazz Festival and The Washington Post. “The Post is proud to continue to present Jazz at the Hamilton Live DC and help bring jazz legends and award winning artists to downtown D.C.,” said Steve Hills, President and General Manager for The Washington Post. “The mix of timeless classics and rising stars creates an eclectic series for jazz lovers of all kinds.”

2015 Festival highlights and primary venues include:

The DC Jazz Festival and The Washington Post Present Jazz at The Hamilton Live (June 10-16), features seven nights of exciting, eclectic performances. Performers include such acclaimed artists as NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera, Grammy Award winning band Snarky Puppy; the prolific guitarist, composer and bandleader Charlie Hunter; multi-genre drummer Stanton Moore, the amazing Columbian harpist Edmar Castaneda, and virtuoso saxophonist Joshua Redman in a unique partnership with the genre-bending trio The Bad Plus, recently voted #2 Best Jazz Group in the esteemed 62nd annual DownBeat magazine Critic’s Poll.

DC Jazz Festival and Events DC Present: Jazz at The Yards (June 12 & 13), is an exclusive blowout where fans can enjoy jazz at the beautiful urban, green, innovative Capitol Riverfront at The Yards overlooking the Anacostia River; wine and beer tastings; chef demonstrations; and a marketplace. The event features such vital artists as Grammy Award-winning hip-hop legend Common, who took home a Golden Globe and is nominated for an Academy Award as co-writer in the Best Original Song category, for “Glory,” from the film Selma, and whose beyond category artistry has collaborated with jazz artists ranging from Roy Hargrove to Robert Glasper, as well as R&B titan John Legend and Femi Kuti; jazz bassist, bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding, the first jazz artist to ever win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist (2011); Nigerian singer- songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Femi Kuti,(son of Afrobeat legend & Broadway show subject FELA Kuti); and beyond jazz & jam saxophonist, flutist and vocalist Karl Denson’s Tin y Universe (KDTU), who’ve toured most recently with The Rolling Stones.

Jazz in the ‘Hoods presented by Events DC (June 10-16), features more than 45 clubs, restaurants, museums, libraries, loft spaces, and hotels across the District. This includes the CapitalBop D.C. Jazz Loft Series featuring innovative, boundary-breaking and beyond-jazz artists, and the East River JazzFest featuring half a dozen “Celebrating Stayhorn!” performances honoring the 100th anniversary of composer William “Billy” Strayhorn. Jazz in the ‘Hoods performances will also be held at Bohemian Caverns, Twins Jazz, Gallery O/H, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, THEARC, Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the Japanese Information and Culture Center, and other venues across DC.

Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days (Prelude Event, June 6-7), in partnership with The Phillips Collection, celebrates the synergy between jazz and the visual arts with performances in The Phillips Collection’s Music Room and auditorium by more than a dozen regional artists and rising star ensembles. The two-day free family-friendly event will feature storytelling, unique meet-the-artist opportunities, an instrument petting zoo, art workshops, a jazz passport scavenger hunt, and more!

For more information visit www.dcjazzfest.org.

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DC’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels; Friday, January 30 – Sunday, February 1

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

NMWA NightsNMWA Nights: Merry Making
National Museum of Women in the Arts. Fri.
Enjoy refreshments, try your hand at activities and take themed tours of the exhibition and museum’s collection. Reservations recommended for this 21+ event. Ticket price includes one drink coupon and all craft materials.

SkyscapeSouth Capitol Skyscape: Amber Robles-Gordon
Washington Project for the Arts at Capitol Skyline Hotel. Fri. & Sat.
Created through her signature assemblage process combining textiles and found objects, the work takes new form using a recycled hammock as its support and foundation, representing the structural constructs of the past and the restrictive patterns of repetitive thinking.

Kennedy Center.
Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Eric Schaeffer directs a world premiere production of Lerner and Loewe’s musical comedy, where true love between a free-spirited young woman and a wealthy young playboy must overcome the conventions of turn-of-the-century Paris.

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

Addison/Ripley presents: NATURAL ALLUSIONS, opening receptions, Saturday, January 31st

Carson Fox, Orange Coral, 2014, resin, dimensions variable



curated by Jackie Battenfield

 JANUARY 31 – MARCH 14, 2015 



Julia Bloom, Clear Forest #3, Red, 2010-13, sticks, wire, paint, 73 x 17 x 16 inches
Julia Bloom, Clear Forest #3, Red, 2010-13, sticks, wire, paint, 73 x 17 x 16 inches
Linda Cummings, Surface Notes I & II, 2014, archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, 60 x 20 inches, courtesy of dm contemporary
Linda Cummings, Surface Notes I & II, 2014, archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, 60 x 20 inches, courtesy of dm contemporary

As a hopeful prelude to Spring, Addison/Ripley Fine Art is very pleased to bring together, under the stewardship of longtime gallery artist, Jackie Battenfield, an exhibition which includes her work as well at that of some of her peers. These seven artist, working in New York, Washington, DC and Berlin, refer to, take from and are, obviously captivated by nature in all its comely display, but as one artist, Carson Fox, puts so succinctly, “I am interested in beauty but I mistrust it.”

The exhibition features the work of artists who explore specific aspects of nature through painting, photography, prints and sculpture. The artists strip down, enlarge, and reconstruct to present the complexity of natural systems and to analyze the basic elements of landscape.

Merle Temkin, Three Sisters, oil on canvas, 42 x 36 inches each
Merle Temkin, Three Sisters, oil on canvas, 42 x 36 inches each

Julia Bloom’s paintings and standing structures poetically assess the innate architecture of tree trunks and the humble bird’s nest to capture the fragility and evanescence of light, air and shadow found in the forest. Hints of landscape emerge in Isabel Manalo’s mixed media works, like a puzzle to be solved through judicially collaged snippets of foliage, forests and bare trees.

Themes of continuance resound as Carson Fox mines the crystalline and coral forms, thousands of years in the making, in her vividly hued cast and carved resin freestanding structures and wall installation. In sharp contrast, Judy Hoffman’s ceramic sculptures use the malleability of clay to evoke ancient, caked, and encrusted organisms arising from primordial ooze.

Judy Hoffman, Wildtype 21, 2013, ceramic and oxides, 14.75 x 14 x 7.5 inches
Judy Hoffman, Wildtype 21, 2013, ceramic and oxides, 14.75 x 14 x 7.5 inches

Linda Cumming’s photographs (courtesy of dm contemporary), literally cascade from the walls of the gallery, depicting the interplay of light and movement on a river’s rippling surface, created by her hand, submerged drawings, wind, and current. Reconstructing the unfolding and leafing of a branching tree limb, Jackie Battenfield’s luminous paintings on translucent Mylar, also explore the distinctive evaporation patterns of paint pigments suspended in an aqueous mix. Merle Temkin approaches her canvases from a sculptor’s perspective, beginning with a tree’s silhouette and using paint to “carve away” at the negative space and retaining the edges of each color layer until the lacey, branching form is revealed.
The artists in Natural Allusions are inspired by nature. They probe into and deconstruct elements of landscape and botanical forms in their grandeur, chaos and growth to reaffirm our enduring connection to the physical realm.

For more information about the artists and their work, images from the exhibition or to schedule an appointment to view the work, please call Ms. Romy Silverstein at 202.338.5180.

The gallery is located at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue in Upper Georgetown at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Reservoir Road.

Isabel Manalo, Charade, 2011, oil & cut photographs on Yupo, 21 x 27 inches
Isabel Manalo, Charade, 2011, oil & cut photographs on Yupo, 21 x 27 inches
Jackie Battenfield, Blue Scoops v2, 2014, acrylic on Mylar panel, 40 x 30 inches
Jackie Battenfield, Blue Scoops v2, 2014, acrylic on Mylar panel, 40 x 30 inches

1670 Wisconsin Avenue, NW . Washington, DC 20007 . 202.338.5180 . Fax 202.338.2341 . www.addisonripleyfineart.com

Form and Function in  Fox Cried

[A guest post from FY15 Artist Fellowship Program (AFP) Grantee Jane Claire Remick]

I’ve only been on one blind date in life thus far, and I’m pleased to say that I’m still in that relationship two years later. I was invited to collaborate with two strangers to complete a short work in January 2013 as part of the Source Festival’s Artistic Blind Dates program. I work in installation/performance/new media and was paired with composer/musician Ethan Foote and actor/playwright Jack Novak. The number of slashes employed to describe our artistic endeavors is indeed characteristic of the ever-expanding interdisciplinary nature of our ongoing collaboration, Fox Cried.

Fox Cried can certainly be described as a play. It follows a loose script; however, it is also part academic panel, installation, improvisation, movement, performance art, video art, and music. The interdisciplinary nature of the collaboration challenges some of the traditional roles of a theater company as we work on and develop the hour-long performance.  In addressing each element of the performance – music, script, staging, or objects — we each have a voice. Nonetheless,  as the collaborator most responsible for the visual elements of the piece, I’ve been spending quite a lot of time crafting masks and artifacts required to recreate the Fox Cried myth in the most accurate way.

Jane Claire Remick

As a visual artist, this leads me to question the role of sculptural objects used in a performance  vs. props in a play. In this case,  I am certainly making props. The objects I’ve created and collected establish the setting of the piece and are used by the actors as they move the action of the performance forward on stage. Still, as a conceptual artists, I am simultaneously attempting to convey the conceptual foundations of the piece in the way I combine and craft these objects. I am using materials and forms that address many of the dialectical relationships explored in the piece: authenticity vs. construction, narrative vs. experience, the sacred vs. the vernacular.  In creating a fox mask, for example, I’m not simply attempting to portray myself as a fox or making choices based on aesthetic preferences. I’m looking for a way to create an archaic, ritual-looking form with new, consumer materials in order to explore the way that the meaning of the old is constructed in a contemporary context.

The website we’ve created for the piece provides another interdisciplinary platform, where the content is probably most in service to the conceptual foundations of the work. Of course CenterForUnearthedStories.org is a practical promotional tool, where audience can find, showtimes, buy tickets, and get other relevant information about the piece. However, the website itself is a performance site, where we have carefully constructed the world of the play with written and video content (follow facebook.com/FoxCried for updates). The play relies heavily on self-performance; that is to say that Ethan, Jack, and I play ourselves. Pages such as CenterForUnearthedStories.org/MythBlog! carefully establish who we are and our relationships to the Fox Cried myth outside of what happens on stage. Living in an atmosphere where one’s digital presence is in many ways more prevalent than face-to-face interaction (indeed, we’ll probably reach a greater audience on Facebook than in the the theater), including an online platform for the work seemed natural.

Facebook and Twitter were actually one of the topics that Ethan, Jack and I spoke about on our first “blind date,” and that tension between what’s real and what’s constructed and how both are experienced remain foundational to the piece. Indeed there are elements of truth and deception throughout the performance (onstage and online), but I won’t reveal any spoilers here. You’ll just have to come see what Fox Cried, A contemporary vision of mythic passion, has to offer and sort it out for yourself!

— Jane Claire Remick, FY15 AFP Grantee

Fox Cried at the Back Alley Theater
Jan 30 – Feb 1
Get tickets here
Like Fox Cried on Facebook here
Visit Fox Cried‘s website here
See Jane Claire Remick’s AFP Spotlight here

Washington Bach Consort seeks Patron Services Manager

Patron Services Manager
Washington Bach Consort
Part-time Position 
Position Summary
The Washington Bach Consort, the nation’s premiere baroque orchestra, is seeking a part-time Patron Services Manager. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Patron Services Manager will lead the Consort’s ticketing; support individual giving programs; and work closely with Consort’s External Affairs Manager and Board of Directors. The ideal candidate will have not less than two years’ experience in ticketing and/or development. 
Responsibilities include:
·         Process gifts including entering gifts into the database, preparing and mailing acknowledgement letters, and maintaining database and donor files.
·         Day-to-day box office duties such as assisting subscribers and single ticket buyers with exchanges, directions, purchases, donations, and questions. The incumbent also leads the annual subscription campaign and handles complimentary ticket requests and group sales.
·         Perform follow-up activities focusing on growing the donor base.
·         Plan face-to-face meetings and events with donors.
·         Support the Exec. Dir. and Board of Dir. in the coordination of major donor event solicitations.
·         Manage direct mail, administer monthly giving program, assist with online appeals and stewardship mailings, and coordinate with staff.
·         Coordinate online donation opportunities including website management. 
·         Provide support for ticket buyers and donors at all performances and fundraising events.
Qualification Requirements:
·         BA degree required.
·         A minimum of two years relevant experience.
·         The ideal candidate will have excellent writing skills, with careful attention to detail.
·         Must be deadline-, detail-, and budget-oriented.
·         Experience with TheaterManger and/or PatronManager software or similar ticketing / fundraising database management preferred.
·         The ability to work well in a team environment, and to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
·         A friendly phone manner and excellent computer and customer service skills are required.
·         A background in classical music or performing arts organizations is helpful, but not required.
Hours: Three weekdays in the office per week, with attendance expected at occasional evening events and weekend performances. Salary is commensurate with experience. 
How to apply:
Send a one-page summary of your professional experience laid out in three columns:  Left-hand column- job title.  Middle column- name of organization with one-line description if necessary, followed by the applicant’s key accomplishments while in the job.  Right-hand column- period of employment.
Applicants may also send cover letter, writing sample, and resume via email to jobs (at) bachconsort.org with “Patron Services Manager” as subject before February 2.  No phone calls, please.
Beyond these responsibilities, this position offers a great opportunity to work across all areas of a fun, well-respected performing arts group, and learn about what makes a small arts nonprofit successful. The Bach Consort – now in its 37th season – is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



 DEADLINE: February 15, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST

Read the Full Prospectus HERE

Apply via Submittable HERE

The Second Annual East City Art Regional Juried Show

$1,250 First Place Prize
$750 Second Place Prize
$500 Third Place Prize
Two People’s Choice Awards

An entry fee of $38.50 paid to East City Art Media LLC

This call for entry is open to all residents 18 years of age or over who reside or create art within 50 miles of East City Art’s headquarters located at 922 G Street SE, Washington, DC.  Click on Map below for a block-by-block view

Gallery O on H located at 1354 H Street NE in the heart of the Atlas Entertainment District

Opening Reception Sat. March 21 | Closing Reception: Sat. March 28
Exhibition on view March 21-28, 2015 with weeklong programing

Gallery Owner Adah Rose Bitterbaum. Read her interview HERE.


Artist Talk With Jameson Magrogan + Locally Sourced Opens This Saturday

Transformer Gallery

Artist Talk with Jameson Magrogan

Saturday, January 24, 3pm


Please join us at Transformer 3pm this Saturday for an Artist Talk with Jameson Magrogan, as he discusses the work in his solo exhibition Oil, Then Acrylic with Abbey Parrish, Co-Founder & Director, Platform Arts Center, Baltimore.

Read reviews of the exhibition in the Washington City Paper and The Washington Post!

Oil, Then Acrylic has been extended through Saturday, February 14.

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Locally Sourced Opening Reception 

Saturday, January 24, 6-9pm

American University Museum

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20016

Locally Sourced provides an in-depth look at the extensive collections of six regionally focused CSA (Community Supported Art) and Flat File programs that seek to grow recognition and support for artists in their communities.

Locally Sourced features over 200 works and multiples in a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, hand silk-screens, digital prints, photography, collage, sculpture, video, and more. Locally Sourced highlights works from: Artist Curated Projects (Los Angeles, CA), Brooklyn Community Supported Art + Design (Brooklyn, NY), Cannonball (Miami, FL), Pelican Bomb (New Orleans), Threewalls (Chicago), and Transformer (DC).   

Locally Sourced is the first of four exhibitions in the Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? series. Presented over two years at the American University Museum and the Rotunda of the Katzen Arts Center, Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? highlights various contemporary platforms artists and arts organizations have initiated to develop, create, and present art.

Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? is curated by Victoria Reis, Executive & Artistic Director of Transformer, in collaboration with Tim Doud, Associate Professor of Art and coordinator of the Visiting Artist Program at American University.

Read the Locally Sourced press release here.

Image: Artemis Antippas,Chicken (purple, green and gold), 2014, Artemis Antippas,Chicken (America), 2014

Celebrate the Creative Spark – Call for Workshop Proposals

DCCAH seeks organizations experienced in offering programming for children and youth to deliver workshops in DC Public and Public Charter Schools as part of a celebration of the arts during National Arts Education Month in March 2015.
Designed to meet DCCAH’s goal of developing the creative capacity of children and youth in the city and advancing the creative economy, participating organizations will have the opportunity to build new relationships with schools and share their work with them.
Workshops will take place in DC Public and Public Charter Schools across all eight wards of the city, and will reflect the process-driven activities that build the creative skills of students.
Organization Eligibility Requirements:
  • Proven track record of offering high quality arts programming for children and youth and based in Washington, DC;
  • Attend an informational meeting on Friday, January 30 at 9:30 am at DCCAH (200 I Street SE, Washington, DC) to learn about the creativity framework to be used for creating workshop lesson plan.
Interested organizations are encouraged to contact DCCAH Arts Education Coordinator David Markey at david.markey@dc.gov or 202-724-5613 for more information by Wednesday, January 28, 2015. A stipend of $500 will be offered.