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Space4 is an initiative that will bring the arts closer to every corner of DC. In expanding upon the mission of CulturalDC – to make space for art – we will transform and activate spaces across the District to create new areas for performing and visual arts. Space4 is an evolution of our critically acclaimed Mead Theatre Lab and Flashpoint Gallery programs that will bring fresh, groundbreaking visual and performing arts events to neighborhoods throughout the nation’s capital.

Now is your chance to get involved! CulturalDC is proud to announce an open call for visual and performing artists for Space4. We are looking for exciting artists that will bring spaces all across DC to life like never before. Are you pushing the boundaries of your art form? Are you excited to get your art involved in local communities? If your answer is yes to both of these questions, then this opportunity is for you! 

In Space4: Performing Art – the performing art component of Space4 – CulturalDC will continue its strong history of presenting cutting edge performance events. This program offers up to 12 weeks of rent-free space in locations across Washington, DC along with mentorship and marketing support for artists or arts organizations who wish to produce or develop* their own work during the 2017-18 Season. Venues for the 2017-18 Season include Blind Whino, Dupont Underground and Source Rehearsal Hall, with additional venues to come. Projects selected for 17-18 Season will be paired with venues based on production needs and schedule preference.

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In Space4: Art – the visual arts programming component of Space4 – CulturalDC will continue its strong history of presenting cutting edge artwork and artists through a mobile container gallery. Space4: Art allows artists to transform a fully-outfitted 40ft container into an immersive environment. The container will move across the city for the 2017-2018 season, with a new exhibit in every neighborhood it visits.

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Deadline to apply: Tuesday, May 9, 5PM | $20 to apply



CulturalDC Summer 2017 Gallery Intern

CulturalDC is currently looking for interns to assist with gallery management and public art initiatives during the Summer of 2017. This summer will mark Flashpoint Gallery’s final season and the launch of Space4: Art – CulturalDC’s new visual arts program. We are looking for individuals who can help with planning, management, and execution of the exhibitions, as well as assisting with public art initiatives across the city.

CulturalDC is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1998 (as the CulturalDC), that makes space for art through its programs and services. CulturalDC’s mission is to encourage artistic innovation by connecting artists, arts organizations, developers, and government agencies to facilitate economic and cultural vibrancy in the District of Columbia and neighboring urban communities.



  • Minimum 16 hours per week; including two weekdays per week and two Saturdays per month
  • Assist with day-to-day administrative tasks for Flashpoint Gallery
  • Assist with the development and planning of Space4:Art’s inaugural season
  • Assist Consulting Manager with public art projects
  • Perform basic office and gallery tasks
  • Help with exhibition and theatre openings, panel discussions, and other events and duties as assigned 


  • Graduate students preferred, but undergraduate and recent graduates also considered
  • Knowledge and interest in contemporary art and arts administration
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite a plus
  • Individual must be comfortable working in a cooperative environment that represents a broad range of artistic, cultural, and social points of view


Compensation: Transportation stipend and class credit available


How to apply:

Deadline for applications: April 28, 2017

To apply, submit a resume with three professional references and cover letter to: with the subject line ATTN: Intern Search-[Gallery Intern]

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CulturalDC Winter 2017 Intern Program




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CulturalDC is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1998 (as the CulturalDC), that makes space for art through its programs and services. CulturalDC’s mission is to encourage artistic innovation connecting artists, arts organizations, developers and government agencies to facilitate economic and cultural vibrancy in the District of Columbia and neighboring urban communities. We are a catalyst to and a resource for emerging arts organizations, providing them with a wide range of programs and services that support emerging artists’ ability to live and work in the city. Our work brings audiences access to affordable, innovative visual and performing art. We also provide services to developers in their creative space-making initiatives. Flashpoint, our downtown arts incubator, offers affordable space for arts presentations and mentors up-and-coming artists and organizations through residency, gallery and theatre lab programs. Source, located in the 14th Street arts corridor, is a multi-user performing arts venue equipped with administrative, rehearsal and performance spaces for resident companies and other performing arts groups in the DC area.

CulturalDC Internships offer the opportunity to work for and gain experience with an established arts service organization in the DC area. The position requires 16-20 hours/week, including some Saturdays and evenings for special events. Interns will have the opportunity to work with CulturalDC’s Staff, Board of Directors & Artists.  Each position will receive a unique opportunity to learn about the wide variety of programs and services that CulturalDC offers to area artists and arts organizations.

2017 Winter Internships are Available in the Following Departments: 

(((POSITION FILLED))) Marketing & Communications

  • Update CulturalDC website, email lists, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms
  • Assist Communications Manager in the implementation of CulturalDC’s Communications Strategy and Plan
  • Assist with the development and updating media lists and other administrative databases
  • Assist with visitor tracking, and stakeholder correspondence 


  • Participate in consulting projects related to facility and technical management
  • Assistance with set up for meetings and events
    Provide general administrative and operations support, as needed. Ex: paying bills, due dates for check requests, reimbursements and credit card reconciliations
  • Supporting routine and reactive maintenance tasks

Executive Assistant

  • Provide administrative support for Executive Director including calendar management and weekly strategic planning
  • Work on special projects as needed
  • Prepare documents for donor and prospect meetings
  • Support recurring administrative tasks
  • Support some special events including Gallery and Theatre Lab Openings  


  • Prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
  • Using Raiser’s Edge Database:
  • Assist with the production and mailing of year-end and special appeal letters.
  • Assist with donor events to include invitation, guest lists, registration and other duties necessary for fund-raising events.
  • Help coordinate volunteers for all member-related donor events.
  • Maintain foundation, corporation and individual donor files
  • Continually update and correct database records


  • College senior, graduate student or recent graduate preferred
  • Knowledge and interest in contemporary art; theatre; and arts administration
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Individual must be comfortable working in a cooperative environment that represents a broad range of artistic, cultural and social points of view
  • Availability for flexible work schedule, including evening events and Saturdays


Hours are flexible; however the intern must commit to 16-20 hours per week for a minimum of 8 weeks.  Start date and duration are flexible


Class Credit and Transportation Stipend Available

How to apply:

Deadline for applications: November 21, 2016
To apply, submit a resume with cover letter to:
ATTN: Intern Search-[Include position preference]
916 G Street NW, Washington, DC  20001


2016 Open Call Collage


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2016 Open Call Collage


CulturalDC’s Source Festival is holding open call Non-Equity auditions to cast eighteen 10-Minute Plays and three Full-Length Plays. Auditions will run from 9AM-5PM January 25-26 at Source.

These are all new plays, selected from a nationwide pool of over 500 submissions. The 10-Minute and Full-Length Plays will be run in rep throughout the Festival from June 8 – July 3.

All roles are paid and Non-Equity.  Read more about the 2016 Source Festival’s Full-Length Plays at

Please prepare one contemporary monologue no longer than 90 seconds. Please bring one hard copy of both your headshot and resume to the audition. Please do not mail headshots/resumes. You must sign-up online in advance to schedule an audition slot. No walk-ins, please.

Please complete the online audition sign-up form to apply
. Audition slots will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. The deadline for applying is Thursday, January 21st  at 11:59PM.

Jenny McConnell Frederick, Artistic Director, Source Festival and Mead Theater Lab and Co-Artistic Director, Rorschach Theatre

Lee Cromwell, Associate Producer, Source Festival and Freelance Director;

Full-length play callbacks will be held February 1st and 2nd. Actors being called back will begin being notified by January 29; please keep these days open and flexible, if possible.10-Minute Play callbacks will be held March 7.  Actors called back for 10-Minute Plays will be notified in late February.

Questions? Please e-mail No phone calls please.

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Storefronts DC (Logo)


CulturalDC, in collaboration with Atlas Performing Arts Center, the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Project, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and community organizations, is pleased to announce the Storefronts DC competition to commission a series of temporary art installations, pop-up events and short-term art projects in Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8 in Washington, DC. The program is intended to be a transformative initiative that activates vacant spaces and increases foot-traffic through an infusion of arts and cultural projects.  Visual and Performing artists and creative entrepreneurs, individually and collectively, are encouraged to propose activations that:

  • DESIGN ART INSTALLATIONS utilizing light, performance, sculptural elements, embellishment of existing structural and/or architectural elements or other 2-D or 3-D artwork for display in storefront windows, lobby display cases or exterior wall space.


  • IMPLEMENT CREATIVE INITIATIVES that engage the public through pop-up shows, retail events and other activations that showcase ideas, products or services of the creative industry.

Storefronts DC aims to use art installations and creative initiatives to activate vacant storefronts in Washington, D.C. and further enrich civic identity, increase engagement in neighborhoods across the city and enhance the visual character of Washington, DC.

May 15, 2015 by 5pm. No late submissions will be accepted.

A Bid To Save The World (SF 2014)

(LAST CHANCE! – DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS JANUARY 6, 2015) CulturalDC’s Source Festival Announces Open Call for 10-Minute Scripts and Full-Length Play Line-Up

A Bid To Save The World (SF 2014)

A Bid to Save the World Source Festival 2014 Photo by C. Stanley Photography

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce an Open-Call for 10-Minute Play Submissions and the Source Festival 2015 Full-Length Play Line-up.  The Festival, a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for Washington, DC’s theatre artists, runs from June 5-28, 2015.

Playwrights are invited to submit 10-Minute scripts specifically related to the major themes in the selected full-length plays. The 2015 themes are:

  • Science & Soulmates: Seeking plays that address the juxtaposition of the mind and the heart. Be it physics, chemistry, biology or astronomy, your play must examine true love and the knowledge of the natural world based on experiments and observation.
  • Mistakes & Media: Seeking plays that address the constant news cycle of our contemporary society and the perils of living in this digital age.
  • Love & Botany: Seeking plays that explore nature AND nurture from a distinctive perspective.  Your play must include flora and infatuation.

Each year, Source Festival produces 18 new 10-Minute Plays. Scripts are staged by a wide cross section Washington theatre directors, from early career to seasoned veterans. The 18 selected playwrights receive a $100 stipend and 5 performances of their play in Source’s 100-seat black box theatre in DC’s buzzing Mid-City District. The Source Festival is driven by creativity, collaboration and invention. The most successful scripts tell an original story in a fresh distinctive voice. Other requirements are as follows:


  • Plays must relate to one of three themes selected for 2015.
  • Plays may not have been previously produced or published and no upcoming productions are scheduled
  • Playwrights may submit only one 10-Minute Play
  • Plays may be no longer than 10 pages and must be submitted as a PDF
  • Playwrights must be based in the United States. We are not currently accepting international submissions.


The eighteen 10-Minute plays chosen for production will be announced in March 2015.  For full submission instructions and eligibility guidelines, please visit

The 2015 Source Festival will include full-length plays Blue Straggler by Rebecca Bossen (Illinois Arts Council Fellowship winner), The Word and the Wasteland  by Timothy Guillot (KCACTF Musical Theatre Award winner) and (a love story)  by Kelly Lusk (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s National Ten-Minute Play Contest finalist.) In addition, the Festival will produce 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates connected to these works by the themes listed above.



Blue Straggler by Rebecca Bossen

A gifted astrophysicist and a rebellious chocolatier fall in love – only to be torn apart by a senseless tragedy. Lisa abandons her astrophysics dissertation to solve an even larger problem: finding the mathematical formula that will bring Clarissa back to her. Lisa’s world of numbers and equations is increasingly intruded upon by Clarissa’s world of fairytales, magic, and dreams. In their desperate search to find each other, are they willing to rip apart the fabric of the universe itself?  

The Word and the Wasteland by Timothy Guillot

Benjamin Harding has just committed the most devastating act of terrorism on American soil since 9/11.  Sitting in custody, he makes a strange request – he wants to write poetry. Desperate for information, the FBI permits it, and soon, Benjamin’s work becomes a national sensation and obsession, leading every news broadcast all over the world. Caught in the middle is Elizabeth Martes-Coffey, a young poet and performer from the Bronx whom Benjamin requested specifically to perform his work. As Lizzy attempts to cope with her sudden celebrity, the FBI begins to slowly realize that a second attack may be imminent. Part mystery, part drama, part indictment of modern media, The Word and the Wasteland is a play for our time. 

(a love story) by Kelly Lusk

It starts off as a completely normal day in this small town. Then somebody falls in love. And everything falls apart. (a love story) tells the story of three couples set out determined to love each other in ways they’ve never dreamed of. But can you fall in love if you don’t even know what love is? We’re told everyday in songs and movies and books what it means to be in love, but it’s not until you are in the depths of it that you realize that maybe this isn’t what you wanted. And you want out. Or perhaps it is exactly what you wanted. And you want more. But what happens when you love that person more than they love you… or they love you more than you love them…

Support for Source Festival, a CulturalDC project, is generously provided by Jon & NoraLee Sedmak, Daimler, The Weissberg Foundation, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, Washington Gas, Lockheed Martin, Prince Charitable Trusts, VOA Associates Inc., Susan and Dixon Butler, Sorg Associates, Pete Miller and Sara Cormeny, The Buzzuto Group, Dramatists Guild of America, PEPCO, Bognet Construction, Victor Shargai, Bank of America, Marvin, Busboys and Poets & Eatonville Restaurant, Washington City Paper.  Marvin is also CulturalDC’s 2014-2015 Wine Partner.

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Mead Theatre Lab (Empty)


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 or click here for more information.

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 and follow CulturalDC @Cultural_DC on social media for updates on these exciting projects!

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.


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