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11.20.14

THIRD THURSDAY OPEN STUDIOS (TODAY!)

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Thursday, November 19, 2014
6-8PM

THIRD THURSDAY OPEN STUDIOS

Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market | 716 Monroe Street NE

Join us for our monthly Third Thursday Open Studios, where the artist studios will be open for opening receptions, workshops and more!

HIGHLIGHTS of October’s Third Thursday Open Studios:

  • Only Make Believe (Studio 1) will have a group of volunteers decorating costumes for the nonprofit’s outreach programs.
  • Charles Bergen (Studio 11) will be carving a small manatee out of maple.
  • Beltway Vintage (Studio #5 – Analog) will set up a letter-writing station. Kids and adults can write a note of thanks, holiday cheer, or maybe even a letter to Santa.
  • Wild Hand Workspace (Studio 8) will be screening DC-based producer/director Erica Harding’s documentary, On Our Land: Being Garifuna in Honduras.

Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market
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Shopping, Restaurants, Music, Dance, Farmers Market, Special Events
Studios Open Most Days and 6-8PM on the Third Thursday Every Month

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11.12.14

CulturalDC Announces 25 Finalists for Source Festival’s Full-Length Plays

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

CulturalDC Announces 25 Finalists for Source Festival’s Full-Length Plays

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce that 25 Full-Length Plays have been selected as finalists for Source Festival 2015. Three Full-Length Plays will be selected from the 25 finalists to be produced at the Source Festival from June 5-28, 2015.

Full-Length Plays are submitted to the Festival by invitation only. Festival producers invite playwrights previously produced by the Festival, writers based in the DC Metro Area and writers identified through a nationwide spotter system to submit never before produced Full-Length Plays. The Festival received a record number of 131 Full-Length Plays this fall.

The 25 finalists were selected after being evaluated by a team of over 75 readers and Source Festival producers, led by Source Festival Artistic Director and CulturalDC’s Director of Artistic Programs Jenny McConnell Frederick. The Festival will also feature 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates. The three selected Full-Length scripts will be announced in December.
A full list of the plays including playwright bios is available here ( SF15 Top 25 FLP Release (FINAL) 11-12-14).

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11.10.14

LAST CHANCE: OPEN CALL FOR MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM / DEADLINE: TODAY (NOVEMBER 11) AT 5PM

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WE MAKE THE SPACE, YOU MAKE THE ART

OPEN CALL – Mead Theatre Lab Program
Deadline: (TODAY) Tuesday, November 11, 5PM

Apply for space to present your work at Mead Theatre Lab. The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint serves as a platform for emerging performing artists and arts organizations to produce their own work in CulturalDC’s 60-seat blackbox. CulturalDC welcomes artists, producers and organizations presenting performing arts in any genre to apply. Questions? Contact Violet Mantell, Program Associate at violet@culturaldc.org or click here for more information.

ABOUT THE MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM
CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab program is an intensive mentorship program for performing artists and independent theatre companies. The program provides theatre space, technical production support and production mentoring. A panel of noted DC theatre professionals recommends projects and provides guidance to the chosen producers. The result is an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions and an environment in which emerging performing artists can grow.

The Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by Jayvee Mead. Additional support is provided by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation, The Washington Post Company and The Weissberg Foundation.

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.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC @Cultural_DC on social media for updates on these exciting projects!

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 Email: john@culturaldc.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11.07.14

MARTINE WORKMAN: DUSK WOODS AT CULTURALDC’S FLASHPOINT GALLERY NOVEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 20

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

MARTINE WORKMAN
DUSK WOODS
November 21 – December 20, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, November 21, 6-8PM

WASHINGTON, DC – Flashpoint Gallery is pleased to present DUSK WOODS, the first solo exhibition by DC-based artist Martine Workman, from November 21-December 20, 2014. The works in DUSK WOODS include ink drawings, watercolors, animation, zines and a video game, playfully exploring the possibilities of medium and scale. Working within the constraints of a limited vocabulary of marks, Workman exploits the emotional qualities of drawing and print techniques and explores how meaning changes through media.

Workman’s exhibition is inspired by light filtering through a forest, wind rustling through leaves and the translation of drawing from one medium to another. This new body of work explores the artist’s recollections of the Pacific Northwest, her home for seven years before moving to DC in 2012. Drawing from memory, she also references Japanese prints and old master drawings.

ABOUT THE ARTIST  

Martine Workman is a DC-based artist who creates books, drawings and animation. She has been participating in small press fairs across the country since 2004. She is a graduate of California College of the Arts. In 2013, she was a VCCA fellow and exhibitor at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. In 2014, she was a Sondheim Artscape Prize semi-finalist, 3rd place Trawick Prize recipient and was awarded the DCCAH Artist Fellowship Grant for 2015.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

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.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT

Flashpoint is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

Martine Workman: DUSK WOODS
Opening Reception: Friday, November 21, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: November 21 – December 20, 2014
Luce Foundation Center artist talk: November 22 at 1:30pm, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
Flashpoint Gallery Holiday Hours *CLOSED* Thursday, November 27 – Friday, November 28

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org

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11.03.14

Pointless Theatre Announces 2014-2015 Residency at CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

Pointless Theatre Announces 2014-2015 Residency at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

Washington, DC – Pointless Theatre, Washington DC’s premiere puppet spectacle company, is thrilled to announce that they are partnering with CulturalDC and will be the newest company in residence at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. Pointless is a young ensemble-based theatre company that strives to gleefully smash the traditional boundaries between puppetry, theatre, dance, music and the visual arts.

Pointless is no stranger to the Mead Theatre Lab. For the past two years, Pointless has been selected to participate in the competitive Mead Theatre Lab Program. Through these short-term residencies, Pointless presented its critically acclaimed works: Canterbury (2013) and Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet (2014). In his review of Sleeping Beauty, Peter Marks of the Washington Post wrote, “This production cements the status of Pointless…as one of the best young companies in the region…Pointless is gaining a toehold in the increasingly crowded D.C. theater world with a style that feels completely, exuberantly its own.”

In the 2014 – 2015 season, Pointless will premiere two original productions: A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular and Doctor Caligari. A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular, a winter cabaret for adults featuring puppetry, improv, and a funky reindeer band, opens on December 2, 2014 and runs through January 3, 2015. Doctor Caligari, an original adaptation of a silent German expressionist horror film, runs from March 5, 2015 through April 5, 2015.

This residency will ensure that Pointless will continue to grow and become a staple in the Washington DC theatre community. Pointless Theatre is the most recent recipient of the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, given at the Helen Hayes Awards by theatreWashington.

“From our very first engagement with Pointless three years ago, it was clear that they had struck an ideal balance between professionalism and innovation, “ explains Jenny McConnell Frederick, Director of Artistic Programs at CulturalDC.  “Wise beyond their years, they bring a great enthusiasm, ambition and wit to everything they do.  We are really pleased to have them at CulturalDC.”

“Pointless is thrilled to receive a permanent home base at Flashpoint for its upcoming season, “ says Patti Kalil, Co-Artistic Director of Pointless Theatre. “This residency will provide the company with a unique and invaluable opportunity to truly grow and expand on our work artistically, while reaching out to new audiences. We are honored and extremely proud to officially be a part of the CulturalDC family!”

For more information on Pointless Theatre Company, please visit www.pointlesstheatre.com.  Press can contact Scott Whalen at scott@pointlesstheatre.com.

ABOUT THE MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM
CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab program is an intensive mentorship program for performing artists and independent theatre companies. The program provides theatre space, technical production support and production mentoring. The result is an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions and an environment in which emerging performing artists can grow.

The Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by Jaylee Mead. Additional support is provided by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation, The Washington Post Company and The Weissberg Foundation.

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.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC @Cultural_DC on social media for updates on this exciting project.

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 Email: john@culturaldc.org

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10.30.14

CAREER OPPORTUNITY: DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Development Associate
Department: Development + Communications
Reports to: Director of Development + Communications

Position Summary
The Development Associate is responsible for all administrative aspects of development.

Scope and Impact
Reporting to the Director of Development + Communications, the Development Associate plays an important role by providing administrative support to the Development + Communications Office, participating in all fundraising activities including donor and public relations, direct mail appeals and special events.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Process donations and prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
  • Using Raiser’s Edge database:
    • Maintain foundation, corporation and individual donor files.
    • Create monthly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
    • Continually update and correct database records.
    • Track tax credit donations in the database and keep a file for each tax credit donor.
  • Campaign support:
    • Conduct preliminary research on prospective corporate and foundation donors.
    • Conduct research to identify the goals, net worth, history of charitable donations or other data related to potential individual donors.
  • Coordinate productions and mailing of spring and year-end appeal letters.
  • Assist with communication activities as required.
  • Coordinate volunteers for all member-related donor events.
  • Handle all administrative details associated with the Board and Committees (i.e. prepare and distribute notices, agendas, minutes, etc).
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development + Communications.

Preparation and Knowledge

  • Associate or bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in an administrative position, preferably in a not-for-profit development office.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Raiser’s Edge Database management experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Salary:
Commensurate with experience.

How to apply:
Submit a resume and cover letter to:

CulturalDC
Attn: Development Associate Position
916 G St NW
Washington, DC 20001
or
hr@culturaldc.org

Deadline:
Open until position is filled.

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10.14.14

LAST CHANCE: OPEN CALL FOR SOURCE FESTIVAL AND FLASHPOINT GALLERY / DEADLINE: TODAY (OCTOBER 14) AT 5PM

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Today is the LAST CHANCE to apply for Source Festival and Flashpoint Gallery’s 2015-15 artistic season.

SOURCE FESTIVAL
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.)

FLASHPOINT GALLERY
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.

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10.09.14

SOURCE FESTIVAL – OPEN CALL (DEADLINE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 5PM)

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OPEN CALL!
Deadline: Tuesday, Oct 14, 5PM

WE MAKE THE SPACE, YOU MAKE THE ART

Apply to be a Director or Artistic Blind Date Collaborator for SOURCE FESTIVAL 2015

SOURCE FESTIVAL is an annual performing arts festival for new work.  Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, artists from across the nation present 25 works over three weeks each June.  Theatre directors as well as performing artists of other disciplines are encouraged to apply. (Script submission deadlines and open call auditions will be later in the year.) Deadline: Tuesday, October 14, 5PM. APPLY HERE

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10.09.14

FLASHPOINT GALLERY – OPEN CALL (DEADLINE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 5PM)

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OPEN CALL!
Deadline: Tuesday, Oct 14, 5PM

WE MAKE THE SPACE, YOU MAKE THE ART

Apply for space to present your work at FLASHPOINT GALLERY

FLASHPOINT GALLERY presents an innovative and experimental contemporary art program in CulturalDC’s downtown location. Visual artists, independent curators and arts organizations are encouraged to apply for exhibition space. Deadline: Tuesday, October 14, 5PM. APPLY HERE

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

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09.25.14

CulturalDC Welcomes New Board Members, Andy Shallal and Hank Torbert

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

CulturalDC Welcomes New Board Members, Andy Shallal and Hank Torbert 

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC, a nonprofit arts organization, has announced the addition of Andy Shallal and Hank Torbert to the CulturalDC Board of Directors.

Anas “Andy” Shallal is an activist, artist and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and proprietor of Busboys and Poets, a popular restaurant and gathering place in Washington, DC.  Since its inception in 2005 and expansion into four area locations (more coming soon), Busboys and Poets has featured prominent speakers and authors, showcased exhibitions of visual artists, and provided a venue for social and political activism. Mr. Shallal also founded the Eatonville Restaurant in 2009.  As an artist, Andy Shallal has worked with a variety of materials. His murals have been featured in many publications including the Washington Post and are displayed at Busboys and Poets, The Institute for Policy Studies and DC Vote.  Mr. Shallal has received numerous awards including the Mayor’s Arts Award, the Mayor’s Environmental Award, United Nations Human Rights Community Award, as well as leadership awards in employment and sustainable business practices. He was also named “Democracy’s Restauranteur” in a Washington Post article and Man of the Year by the Washington Peace Center.

Hank L. Torbert is a Principal and Co-Founder at RLMcCall Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on industrial, media, technology and special situations transactions.  Mr. Torbert has spent the last 20 years in the venture capital, private equity, operational management, business development and corporate finance world.   Throughout his career, Mr. Torbert has focused on investing in and enhancing early venture and middle market companies, notably in the context of roll up and platform company opportunities. As a founding investor and board member, Mr. Torbert played an integral role in the launch, development and $100MM Initial Public Offering of Mood Media (TSX: “MM”), formerly Fluid Music, Inc., an internet-based music services company.  Mr. Torbert is also a collector of contemporary art, notable emerging DC artists. In addition, he is keenly focused on addressing issues related to the arts, education, and homelessness.

“CulturalDC’s mission is about combining art and business in ways that support artists and art organizations in their creative endeavors and uplift and enliven communities — both culturally and economically”, said CulturalDC Executive Director Juanita Hardy.  “Our new board members bring a passion for both art and business and we are extremely proud and honored to have them join our Board of Directors. Our Board, a team of art-minded business and thought leaders, is among CulturalDC’s most treasured assets.”

Andy and Hank join a board that is eager and ready to champion CulturalDC’s programs and activities and ensure that the organization is positioned to fulfill its mission.

ABOUT CULTURALDC
CulturalDC makes space for art by creating opportunities for artistic innovation, connecting artists, arts organizations, developers and government agencies to facilitate economic and cultural vibrancy in the Washington DC area. Each year CulturalDC serves over 1,000 artists and arts groups and over 30,000 audience members through the activation of art space and presentation of contemporary visual and performing arts at our spaces, Flashpoint and Source, and in nontraditional venues across the city.  Our efforts ensure that there are spaces and resources for artists and arts organizations to live, create, exhibit and perform throughout the Washington area.

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.

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 Email: john@culturaldc.org

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