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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CulturalDC OPEN CALLS for Visual Artists, Theatre Artists, Dancers, Choreographers, Musicians, Filmmakers & More!

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Artistic Blind Date Collaborators & Directors for Full-Length & 10-Minute Plays
Deadline: Tuesday, October 14, 5PM | no application fee
Open to playwrights, directors and artists working in a range of disciplines. Source Festival is an annual performing arts festival for new work running from June 5 – 28, 2015. The Festival features 18 10-Minute Plays, three Full-Length Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates (open to performing and visual artists, playwrights, devisers, musicians, dancers, choreographers and filmmakers). Proposals must be submitted online. Visit our website<> for more information about Source Festival and our Request for Proposals.
(Script submission deadlines and open call auditions will be later in the year.)

Deadline: Tuesday, October 14, 5PM | $30 to apply
Open to contemporary artists, independent curators and arts organizations. Flashpoint Gallery showcases bold, new work and cultivates emerging and mid-career artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms.  Proposals must be submitted online. Visit our website<> for more information about Flashpoint Gallery and our Request for Proposals.

Deadline: Tuesday, November 11, 5PM | $30 to apply
Open to artists, producers and arts organizations producing performing arts in any genre. The Mead Theatre Lab Program seeks emerging playwrights and performing artists to present work that explores provocative, new ideas. Proposals must be submitted online. Visit our website<> for more information about the Mead Theatre Lab Program and our Request for Proposals.

Photos pictured above:
Jacqueline Levine, The Temptation, Flashpoint Gallery 2012. Photo by Brandon Webster Photography.
Dana Figueroa Edidi,  Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea, Source Festival 2014. Photo by C. Stanley Photography
Rob Jansen, The Tramp’s New World, Mead Theatre Lab Program 2015. Photo courtesy of Rob Jansen

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

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DC’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels; Friday, September 12 – Sunday, September 14

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

RogerRoger (Not His Real Name)
DC Arts Center. Fri. & Sat.
Learn the truth about the Hubble Telescope, George Washington’s wooden teeth, and the real reason Dan Snyder won’t change the name of the Redskins. Is Roger (Not His Real Name) crazy or does he know something you don’t?


RayaRaya Bodnarchuk: Bronze Sculpture
Neptune Fine Art.
Raya is known for her clean lines, and modernist compositions with a contemporary, yet sensitive twist. Her works are included in prestigious collections such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Institute of Health, and many more.

ACMACM 47th Anniversary Community Celebration
Smithsonian Anacostia. Sat.
Enjoy an indoor/outdoor celebration for the whole family that will include arts and crafts activities, live musical performances, face painting, storytelling, and more. This event is free and open to the public.

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

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DC LEDC Legendart Musicians Fundraiser for Woody Woodson


On October 10, 2014 DCLM will hold a fundraiser Legacy Awards Ceremony at the Historic Lincoln Theatre to honor our treasured legendary musicians and to raise funds for drummer, Elbert “Woody” Woodson.  This stellar evening will be historical and memorable.

For over a century Washington, DC has been a seminal center in the development of American popular music. Legendary figures such as John Philip Sousa, James Reese Europe, and Duke Ellington made Washington their home or grew up here.  They were members of a community that has continued to produce important musical innovators for over a century, ranging from Bluesman Bobby Parker to singers Shirley Horne and Roberta Flack, jazz masters Buck Hill and Butch Warren, R&B guitarist, Gregory Gaskins, trumpeter and vocalist, Sir Joe Quarterman, entertainer, saxophonist, Lloyd Pinchback, Jimi Smooth, Go-Go inventor Chuck Brown, and Drummer, Elbert “Woody” Woodson.

The city’s great musicians do not always attract the attention that they would in other cities. As the city has changed, generational divides have deepened between those who created a distinct D.C. sound in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, and musicians who call D.C. home today. The sun has set on many of our fellow artists and musicians. Their contributions, sacrifices, creativeness, heartfelt drive and imagination helped create and establish the distinct individuality of the legendary DC sound.

The D.C. Legendary Musicians has been founded to support and to recognize the accomplishments of D.C. born, raised, and resident musicians. The organization’s mission is to draw on those accomplishments to re-establish, re-animate, and re-vitalize the distinct sound of Washington music. To do so, D.C. Legendary Musicians proposes inaugurating a series of events bringing together musicians and entertainers across musical genres and generations. The organization also will sponsor a variety of outreach activities (such as an animated website; Hot Sheet for musicians, promoters, and venue operators; and other social media) in order to encourage musicians old and young to perform together and for one another.

As a first program, the D.C. Legendary Musicians plans to hold a focused concert for Washington, DC students, senior citizens and the community as a whole at the Lincoln Theatre. Its auditorium is equipped with professional sound systems; DC Musicians and community support will launch an innovative program teaching stage and sound engineering to interested DC students. With its strong connections to the local community and high quality facilities the Lincoln Theatre is an ideal partner for D.C. Legendary Musicians.

Over the next several months, D.C. Legendary Musicians will organize at least one program during the (2014-2015) school year during the school day to promote musical outreach across generations. The organization also will co-sponsor an evening of music at the Lincoln Theatre in September 2014. That program will begin at 7 pm with a video honoring DC musicians, a concert performance by important local blues, R&B, and Jazz musicians, an awards celebration of DC area legendary musicians followed by an open jam session lasting until 9 pm in the evening. Individual concert performers will feature specific instruments, musical styles, and eras in the city’s music. Several musicians have offered to donate performances and other services to this initiative.

Additionally D.C. Legendary Musicians will work with members of the DC City Council, educators, media and social media around town to highlight the work of the great musicians who have lived and worked in the city.

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DC’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels; Friday, September 5 – Sunday, September 7

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

SCENA Theatre at Atlas. Sat. & Sun.
Molly explores secret revelations of the young mistress of J.M. Synge—esteemed playwright of the Irish Literary Renaissance.


BeInBrooklandBe In Brookland/Community Open House
Dance Place. Sat.
Free classes, performances and tours throughout the day at locations up and down 8th St NE in Brookland – Dance Place, Brookland Artspace Lofts, Edgewood Arts Center, Studio 21 and the Arts Walk at Monroe St. Market! End the night with an energetic dance party at Dance Place led by DC Casineros.

King LearShakespeare’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.

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

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