WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce its role in bringing arts to Monroe Street Market, a $200 million mixed-use community coming to the Brookland neighborhood in 2013. CulturalDC was approached by Bozzuto Development and Abdo Development, the community’s developers, to serve as a liaison to the arts community and activate 27 artist studios, an Arts Walk with an outdoor stage and seasonal art market and the Edgewood Arts Building that will enliven the new development at the Brookland-CUA metro station. With this project, CulturalDC continues its work in creative placemaking and cultivating space for art in the DC area.
Monroe Street Market will feature 27 artist studios ranging in size from 300 to 625 square feet. Ground floor studios line the Arts Walk, providing street front visibility and a prime retail opportunity ideal for artists. Studios will feature porches along the Metropolitan Branch Trail, concrete floors, high ceilings and garage doors. The Edgewood Arts Building, just across the
street, is a 3000 square foot flexible arts venue in that will serve as a hub for community events and activities, readings, rehearsals and workshops. The Arts Walk will come to life with a seasonal outdoor market that will showcase artists and artisans and an outdoor stage that will feature live performances.
Travis Bowerman, CulturalDC’s Interim Executive Director remarked, “We are looking forward to this project that will further establish Brookland as a destination for arts and a lively creative community. This is an opportunity for us to anchor artists in DC by providing professional and polished spaces to artists at below market rates.” CulturalDC will solicit proposals from artists of all disciplines for the studio spaces beginning on November 26, 2012 with a deadline of February 1, 2013. Proposals will be reviewed by a selection panel based on eligibility criteria. The artist studios and other arts components will open in the summer of 2013.
CulturalDC creates opportunities for artists and arts organizations that stimulate economic development and improve the quality of life.
From working with developers on affordable housing for artists to offering key services to emerging arts organizations and expanding audiences for arts programming, CulturalDC grows DC’s arts industry and creative business infrastructure.
CulturalDC is generously supported by The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer
Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners.
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