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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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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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09.24.14

LESLIE BERNS + SHELLEY WARREN: EMBODYING THE EPHEMERAL AT CULTURALDC’S FLASHPOINT GALLERY OCTOBER 17 – NOVEMBER 15

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

EMBODYING THE EPHEMERAL
Recent Work by Leslie Berns and Shelley Warren
October 17 – November 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, October 17, 6-8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – Flashpoint Gallery presents, Embodying the Ephemeral, a two-person exhibition of multimedia works by Leslie Berns and Shelley Warren. Through installations of video, sculpture, sound, and works on paper, the artists explore relationships between art and ritual, identity and the environment, and Eastern philosophical and spiritual traditions. In nature-based videos by both artists, figures enact either Buddhist or private rituals in landscapes featuring the elements; earth, water, fire or air.

Leslie Berns exhibits a video performance entitled Grounding, along with related photographs, reliefs and works on paper.  The visual narrative in her works originates in the experience of loss while marking the gradual return of joy.  Working with a vocabulary of abstract shapes and symbols, Berns simultaneously makes visible the idea of the ‘one drop rule’ and the bi-racial experience of being ‘invisibly black’.

Berns’ works on paper are like pages from a book. Bold, graphic cutouts adorn the gallery wall like time-lapsed stills. One Drop Rule/I Dreamed I Was a Butterfly is arranged in layers of colored paper along a spectrum of earth tones between black and white. The piece shows the Flower of Life folding and unfolding as it references ‘hypodescent’ – the assigning of people of mixed race to the subordinate group.  Through the use of color, Berns aims to show that life and death, as well as different races, are not separate, but linked in a continuum.

In Shelley Warren’s work, Buddhist monks chant prayers over a backdrop of swaying trees and rustling leaves in a windstorm, projected onto static sculptures in a sound and video installation.  Warren merges moving images of a rushing waterfall, flickering butter lamps and Buddhist nuns prostrating with evocative sculptures of fabric, white stones, and flour. Warren invites us to a meditative experience on the relationship between our corporeal, ephemeral bodies and our spiritual selves. The videos are from Warren’s most recent visit to Kopan Monastery, Nepal, where she has studied Buddhist philosophy and meditation over 35 years. Her multimedia installations are an attempt to merge one’s inner experience with the outer environment. The work explores the question of human nature, identity and sanctity.

Leslie Berns received a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Yale University, both in painting. Her “joyful, transformative” early experiences in Caribbean and modern dance were instrumental in influencing the multidisciplinary direction of her work. Through mixed-media drawing, sculpture, performance and moving image, she explores the transformation of forms in space and time.

Berns has exhibited at venues in the United States and Europe. As part of the Washington Project for the Arts Experimental Media Series (2011), an earlier version of Grounding was selected for a screening at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. In Germany, the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut presented Threshold, a collaboratively choreographed, outdoor performance installation sited among the ruins of Heidelberg’s historic Castle Garden.

Berns is a Lecturer in Drawing, Design and Art Theory at the University of Maryland College Park.  She has also taught at Parsons School of Design, American University and Maryland Institute College of Art. She resides in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.

Shelley Warren earned an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC. She is a recipient of a New Jersey Council of the Arts Grant, Art Matters Foundation Grant, and a Rutgers University Center for Innovative Printmaking Fellowship. Warren was also granted a residency at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York. Her multimedia installations and videos have been exhibited in numerous venues nationally and her work is in several private and public collections including the Lannan Foundation Collection in Sante Fe, NM.

Warren currently holds a teaching position at the University of Vermont. She has been a Visiting Artist and Juror at Harvard University School of Design, Barnard + Columbia Architecture, Yale School of Architecture, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Norwich University School of Architecture.

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.

Leslie Berns + Shelley Warren: Embodying the Ephemeral
Opening Reception: Friday, October 17, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: October 17 – November 15, 2014
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
For more information: Call 202.315.1305 or Visit www.culturaldc.org

#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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09.23.14

GOLDIE DEANE: SURRENDER (WORKSHOP PRODUCTION) / ONE NIGHT ONLY – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 @ SOURCE

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CONTACT: JOHN RICHARDS
202.315.1322 | john@culturaldc.org

GOLDIE DEANE: SURRENDER (WORKSHOP PRODUCTION)

WHAT:  Surrender is a biographical, hip-hop theatre piece created by Goldie Deane. A ritual performance of music, dance, and verse, it tells the story of a young woman and her rites into womanhood. The work is a combination of mix-tape performance styles with traditional Yoruba rituals and traditions.  Egbe and Egun (spirit guides and ancestors) lead the main character, Goldie, to revisit her past and confront issues of identity, love, and spirituality, in a desperate attempt to find peace of mind and purpose.  

WHERE:  SOURCE Theatre Rehearsal Hall, 1835 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
(Please note, the Rehearsal Hall is not ADA accessible) 

WHEN:  ONE NIGHT ONLY: Sunday, October 5 | 7:30PM 

DETAILS:  PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN

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. Our efforts ensure that there are spaces and resources for artists and arts organizations to live, create, exhibit and perform throughout the Washington area.

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Photo: Courtesy Goldie Deane

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09.09.14

CulturalDC Announces Open Call for Artists Interested in Participating in Source Festival, Flashpoint Gallery or Mead Theatre Lab Program!

 

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

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.

MEAD THEATRE LAB AT FLASHPOINT
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 TemptationFlashpoint 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 WorldMead 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.

#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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09.05.14

EMILY FRANCISCO’S SOMETHING SLIGHTLY FAMILIAR OPENS AT FLASHPOINT GALLERY ON SEPTEMBER 12

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CONTACT: JOHN RICHARDS
john@culturaldc.org | 202.315.1322

EMILY FRANCISCO:  SOMETHING SLIGHTLY FAMILIAR
September 12 – October 11 at Flashpoint Gallery
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 12, 6-8PM

WASHINGTON, DC – Something Slightly Familiar, a solo exhibition of interactive objects by DC-based artist Emily Francisco, will be on view at Flashpoint Gallery from September 12 – October 11, 2014. While the process of reconfiguring old instruments, gadgets and other found objects is meticulous and deliberate, Francisco also embraces the element of chance in her practice and in the gallery. Intentionally or unintentionally, viewers may trigger sound or moving imagery from the pieces, vividly altering the acoustic and visual environment.

The exhibition features looping video and audio samples lapsing in and out of harmony, which establish a foundation for a soundscape in the gallery. Visitors are invited to play a range of re-contextualized objects: a piano that triggers radio frequencies, a functional harpsichord that doubles as a twelve-channel video mixer, and a toy piano made with pieces of a deconstructed grand piano. These responsive sculptures encourage chance encounters, positioning the viewer as a fundamental component of the work.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Emily Francisco is a sculptress specializing in the creation of interactive objects that generate sound. She was born in Honolulu, raised in an isolated Midwestern town, and educated in Saint Louis and the District of Columbia. She is a former Artist in Residence at ARTISPHERE, and will begin a residency at Montgomery College in January of 2015. She recently participated in Transformer Gallery’s Exercises for Emerging Artists Program, contributing work for the Coda of Fermata, the region’s largest exhibition dedicated entirely to sound. She currently lives and works in the DC metro area. 

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.

Emily Francisco: Something Slightly Familiar
Opening Reception: Friday, September 12, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: September 12 – October 11, 2014
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
For more information: Call 202.315.1305 or Visit www.culturaldc.org

#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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08.19.14

CulturalDC and Fractured Atlas announce new vision for SpaceFinder DC

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Rebrand as nationally networked SpaceFinder

DC SpaceFinder has been rebranded as SpaceFinder DC. As part of a national network of websites managed by non-profit arts service organization Fractured Atlas, SpaceFinder DC will benefit from shared branding, traffic and customer service.

Cultural hubs across North America are participating in this network, including: Atlanta, Austin, Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Detroit, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Toronto.

As the Local Leader for the project, CulturalDC will continue to work with Fractured Atlas to increase creative community access to spaces through out the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Up-to-date availability of venues (FREE)

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Calendar upload is ideal for venues looking for an innovative and FREE way to promote rental spaces. Searching for space by calendar is also a huge convenience to renters looking for available space.

Special shout-out to The Artory, a shared space for visual and performing arts, and the very first space to promote their up-to-date unbooked times. Uploading their digital calendar has more than tripled renter views of their Studio space listing!

Increase participation across disciplines

Custom branded community directories are available at no cost for discipline-specific organizations, fringe festivals, film festivals, schools, business improvement districts and anyone whose community would benefit from SpaceFinder DC becoming a truly comprehensive and cross-disciplinary resource. For more info contact dc@spacefinder.org.

Together we can grow this valuable free resource for our community. Please share the good news.

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