Chuck Brown Memorial Park Dedication


Friday, August 22, 2014 – 11:00AM – 2:00PM
2901 20th Street NE, Washington, DC

Chuck Brown Memorial Park Designed by Marshall Moya Design

“Wind Me Up, Chuck!” Artwork by Jackie L. Braitman

The Chuck Brown Foundation will be giving away 500 drawstring backpacks to children in attendance.

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East of the River Distinguished Artist Award reception this Saturday, August 16 | current exhibits close August 29 | next exhibits open September 12

Honfleur & Vivid

East of the River

AWARD CEREMONY: Saturday, August 16, 6:30 pm 
at Honfleur Gallery | free & open to the public!

Photographer Jonathan French is the winner of the Third Annual East of the River Distinguished Artist Award.

Please join ARCH Development Corporation, the Gautier Family, the esteemed panel, and Jonathan French the evening of August 16 for the award ceremony at Honfleur Gallery.

French’s interest in photography started 40 years ago. French has been a Catalogue Technician at The Library of Congress for 26 years. His photography has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally.

This award epitomizes the goals of ADC and the Gautier Family to create a home for the creative economy, artists, arts, and cultural organizations to fulfill its mission of revitalization and sustainable economic development in Historic Anacostia.


Current Honfleur Gallery & Vivid Solutions Gallery exhibits on view through August 29!

New exhibitions opening Friday, September 12
Opening reception: 6-9 pm | FREE & open to the public

at Honfleur Gallery Arena Selin Balci

Selin Balci’s concepts are explored by using living entities to recreate observable interactions and conflicts across the picture surface, where the outcomes reveal boundaries, edges and distinctive forms. Microorganisms-which become the color, texture, and context in her work-are the performers within an artificially created living platform where conflicts are played out.

at Vivid Solutions Gallery The Farms Jared Soares

Photographer Jared Soares started documenting The Barry Farms Dwellings basketball court in the summer of 2013 and has continued through the 2014 season. For 39 years The George Goodman League has been a summer staple for basketball fans in the District of Columbia, especially in Southeast. Weekend games feel like a homecoming reunion.

Both exhibitions are on view through October 31.

Our Creative Director Beth Ferraro is leaving after five and-a-half years at the galleries and with ARCH Development Corporation. We wish her well and will miss her!

Beth’s last day is this Saturday, August 16. Stop by during gallery hours through the week or say goodbye to her at the East of the River Distinguished Artist Award ceremony on Saturday at 6:30 pm.

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DC’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels; Friday, August 15 – Sunday, August 17

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

PokemonPokemon: Symphonic Evolutions
Warner Theatre. Fri.
Showcasing memorable music from throughout the world of Pokémon, featuring all-new musical arrangements that will entertain not just Pokémon fans but all music lovers. Look forward to a wonderful symphonic experience that covers nearly 20 years of Pokémon entertainment around the world.

WPA at Capitol Skyline Hotel. Sat.
WPA’s SynchroSwim celebrates creativity and enthusiasm. Past performances have included a biting critique of BP’s role in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, a celebration of the music of Van Halen, an excerpt from Fluid Movement’s Jason and the Aquanauts: 20,000 Legs Over The Sea, and even a performance by a real live Synchronized Swimming team.

SheKillsMonstersShe Kills Monsters
Rorschach Theatre at Atlas.
Tilly copes with the stress of high school by creating an elaborate Dungeons & Dragon’s module where she plays out her fears and fantasies in a world she controls. When Tilly dies unexpectedly, her older sister Agnes has no choice but to run the gauntlet of this mysterious world, battling and befriending the strange and fantastic monsters her sister has created.

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Maru Montero Dance Company – Fall Classes Now Open!



24Children Classes available now! Starting on August 19 from 5 to 6:00PM -American Embassy of Dance, 4908 Wisconsin Ave.NW Washington, DC visit the Programs page of our website for specific details on class scheduale, registration and tuition payment and policy.


Taller de Actualizacion de Danza Folklorica Mexicana

The first Master Workshop for teachers, students, directors and lovers of Mexican music and dance.Thank you to the Mexican Minister of Culture from the Mexican Cultural Institute: Laura Ramirez, to the Mexican Embassy, The National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico, City. Thanks two our wonderful teachers that came all the way from Mexico to teach us.Thank you to all that came and danced and supported the first ever effort in DC.


Taller de Actualizacion de Danza Folklorica Mexicana. July 7-14-2014 DC


For the third year we are bringing back to Columbia Heights, live dance and music, from 5:00PM to 9:00pm. 14th Street and Kenyon and Park Road NW. Mariachis, Banda Music and Dances from Mexico and Latin America. Bring your dancing shoes, we will have dance contests. This year we are supporting a NEW Youth Festival on September, 13 from 11 to 2:00PM Sponsored by the Office of Latino Affairs. A breakfast for Senior Citizens and much more. This Hispanic Heritage Month will be full of Latino activities for the entire family.


We extend our grateful appreciation to the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (DCCAH), the DC Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA), and media sponsor Univision.  Their generous support helped make possible the National Cinco de Mayo Festival and Latin Dance Days.

2014 Auditions for Dancers

Would you like to dance with us? If you do not know how to dance, we will teach you. Do you have any artistic talent and want to participate/perform at our upcoming festivals? Send us an email at:


The 2015 National Cinco de Mayo Festival will be Sunday, May 3, 2015 from noon to 6:00 pm on the National Mall   Free, fun family day!  Para toda la familia!

Thank you to our 2014 Cinco de Mayo Sponsor

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Promised Land Programming: August 14 – September 7

Transformer Gallery

Promised Land Programming

August 14 – September 7

Thursday, August 14, 2PM

2 PM: Porch Talk 

Let’s talk about music and stuff with the fabulous W. Jeremy. Part of artist Dahlia Elsayed’s ongoing Porch Talk series, Porch Sitters Union Local 1893 Asbury Park,


August 16 & 17: Transformer FlatFiles Pop-Up in Asbury Park

Featuring the works of over 75 nationally based emerging visual artists from Transformer’s FlatFile program, this special ‘pop-up’ event will highlight small to medium sized two-dimensional works in a variety of mediums including photography, painting, drawing, mixed media collage, and hand silk-screened prints. Prices range between $500 – $50. Includes small works by Promised Land artists.


Saturday, August 16, 3PM – Lisa Marie Thalhammer: Artist Talk & Print Release of A Gay Queen of the Waves


Saturday, August 16, 4PM – Scott Szegeski: Artist Talk about his surfboard print works in the Promised Land exhibition with special organic surf wax demonstration


Saturday, August 23

3PM: Mike Richison: Artist Talk about his work in Promised Land and its urban renewal influences


Friday, August 29

4PM: Porch Talk

Let’s talk about feminism and music with the Asbury Park Feminist Collective.  Part of artist Dahlia Elsayed’s ongoing Porch Talk series, Porch Sitters Union Local 1893 Asbury Park,


Saturday, August 30 

1-3PM & 5-7PMAllison Kuo, CONE SPA: Public performances

4PMJohn Vigg: Artists Talk about his work in Promised Land and the creative economies that vitalize communities


Sunday, August 31  

1-3PM: Allison Kuo, CONE SPA: Public performances


September 5-7:  Closing Weekend

Friday, September 5 

5 PM: Porch Talk  

Part of artist Dahlia Elsayed’s ongoing Porch Talk series, Porch Sitters Union Local 1893 Asbury Park,


Saturday, September 6 

3PM: Raul Romero:  Artist Talk 

7:30PM: Jane Carver: Nighttime performances of her original composition Whirl Up, Sea


Sunday, September 7  

1-4PM: Crystal Stokowski: Open studio for repurposing materials

5PM: CLOSING CEREMONY led by Promised Land artist Crystal Stokowski

*All events will take place within the 5th Avenue Pavillion of the Asbury Park Boardwalk, 501 – 503 at 1200 Ocean Avenue, unless otherwise noted. 


Wednesday & Thursday, 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-8pm; Sunday 12-5pm.

Visit for Promised Land artist statements & bios, and updates on weekly creative & educational programming throughout the run of the exhibition.

SPECIAL THANKS to Madison Marquette, Asbury Park Waterfront, The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, Liquitex, The Collective Art Tank, Vigg Designs, M Studio, Central Avenue House, Langosta Lounge, Pop’s Garage, Flying Fish Brewing Company, EddieConfetti’s Ice Cream, Ralph’s Italian Ices, and the Crepe Shop for making Promised Land possible

Image credit: Promised Land by Vigg Designs

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WPA Opening Reception for Julie Wolfe Public Art Project Tuesday, August 12


Washington Project for the Arts announces

the South Capitol Skyscape Public Art Project featuring

Julie Wolfe, Meta 1 

August 11 – October 31, 2014

Exhibition Opening Reception: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 6-8pm 

at Capitol Skyline Hotel Lounge


Julie Wolfe  Meta 1, 2014, rendering of installation view 


Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is pleased to announce a new public art project entitled South Capitol Skyscape. Through the support of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Public Art Building Communities Grant Program, WPA will commission a series of large-scale artworks by DC artists on the facade of its home at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. The works are intended to spark public discussion on art and culture and enrich the daily lives of the residents, workers, visitors, and car passengers who inhabit the South Capitol Street corridor. Each of the South Capitol Skyscape artists will lead free community art making workshops at the Randall Recreation Center in conjunction with their project.

The project launches with a work by DC-based artist Julie Wolfe entitled Meta 1. Using a found photo as her starting point, Wolfe painted and manipulated its surface with oil, turpentine, and sandpaper, creating shapes which appear to float on the surface. The image was then transferred to a 50-foot by 16-foot vinyl mesh support and installed on the hotel’s facade.



Julie Wolfe lives and works in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC. She received a BFA in Painting and Art History from the University of Texas, Austin. Her work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, and at many institutions around the world. Wolfe is represented in Washington, DC by Hemphill Fine Arts. For more information about Julie and her work, please visit her website at

The exhibition will remain on view 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the hotel’s east facade (facing South Capitol Street) through October 31, 2014. Admission to the opening reception is free and open to the public.

For more information about Julie Wolfe or the South Capitol Skyscape project, please visit our WEBSITE. For images and additional information, please contact Samantha May at 202-234-7103 x1 or

This project is made possible, in part, with funds from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Public Art Building Communities Grant Program. Special thanks to Kim Mitchell at CDKM Consulting, LLC, Eve Brooks/Community Benefits Coordinating Council, and the Capitol Skyline Hotel.

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PEN/Faulkner: 2014 Gala, 2014-15 Reading Series Preview, Summer Program Update

2671bfe7-94e6-4d17-80bf-edd24d475949The 26th PEN/Faulkner Gala: DANGER

On Monday, Oct. 6th, PEN/Faulkner will hold its annual Gala fundraiser featuring acclaimed authors, David Baldacci, Ishmael Beah, Madison Smartt Bell, Elliott Holt, Mitchell Jackson, Piper Kerman, Rachel Pastan, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Adelle Waldman, Isabel Wilkerson and Master of Ceremonies Calvin Trillin. Each writer will present an original work written on the theme of danger! For more information & reservations, call: (202) 636-8743

Sneek peek at our READING SERIES!

Later this month, we’ll bring you news of our 2014-2015 Reading Series at the Folger! T.C. BoyleMarilynne RobinsonLorrie Moore, Allan Gurganus Edward P. Jones are just a few of the wonderful writers who’ll join us. Stay tuned!

Summer Supper & Book Club


We’ve had a blast this summer working with DC authors and students during our weekly Summer Supper & Book Club. Each week, students read a book by a local author in preparation for a visit from the writer. They discussed the work, the writing life, and so much more. Soon, we’ll producing a special episode of the podcast where we’ll hear from participating authors, and in the meantime, you can listen to our full podcast offerings by clicking here. READER. WRITER. UNDERWRITER? In order to run our programs, PEN/Faulkner relies on the generosity of individual donors, foundations, government agencies, corporations and small businesses. We’ve created a special underwriting package for business owners interested in helping us build the next generation of readers, and we’d love to hear from you. In exchange for your support, we’ll thank your business on the podcast, include you in the programs for our Reading Series events, and give you shout outs via Facebook & Twitter! Email: for additional information.

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Bayard Rustin & James Baldwin: Freedom Fighters & Friends


To celebrate the anniversary of the March on Washington, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, in partnership with the DC Commission on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, is hosting a multimedia theatrical event and panel discussion highlighting the contributions of Bayard Rustin and James Baldwin to the Civil Rights Movement.

RSVP here.

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DC’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels; Friday, August 8 – Sunday, August 10

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

OrigemJazz in the Garden: Origem (Brazilian jazz)
National Gallery of Art. Fri.
The group performs a variety of Brazilian music styles, such as samba, bossa nova, forro, afoxe, and maracatu, from the Southeast and Northeast regions of Brazil.


StupidBirdStupid F##king Bird
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be.

CityFarmersCity Farmers (1996; 31 min.)
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. Sun.
Urban residents in New York City share stories about their struggle to remove drug dealers and gangs in their neighborhood through urban farming—providing food for the community as well as empowering and educating neighborhood children.

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Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.- FREE House History Workshops – 8.23.14


The Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. (HCWDC) is pleased to announce the return of its popular House History workshops. They will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW in the Washingtoniana Division (3rd Floor). Two workshop sessions will be held: Workshop I: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm and Workshop II: 12:30pm – 4:00 pm. Lunch will be provided for both sessions. These House History Workshops will guide community historians, of any skill or knowledge level, through the DC Public Library Washingtoniana Division’s collections. Participants will learn how to research the history of their own home or any other historical property.

These workshops will feature presentations by professionals who will guide workshop participants on how to navigate the collection of maps, building permits database, photo archives, microfilm records and the council’s DC Digital Museum.

The House history workshops provide residents with an opportunity to explore the history of their homes including the date the home was built, architect, builder, dates of any improvements, former residents, and how the neighborhood evolved over time. House history research is powerful because it provides that personal connection to the past that few other types of historical research can; it allows anyone to forge a strong sense of connection with their neighborhood and their community whether they have called DC home for years, or just moved in last month.

Workshops are free and open to the public. Registration is required, to attend please sign up at

About the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.

The Humanities Council of Washington, DC (HCWDC) transforms lives through the power of the Humanities. As a far-reaching community catalyst, we build bridges between multiple and diverse neighborhoods to affirm and enliven the human spirit, promote cross-cultural understanding, enrich the quality of life, and foster intellectual stimulation. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and public and private partners, we support local humanities projects and Council initiated programs.

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