Designing the Future City Panel at VISIONDC

CulturalDC is proud to announce the Designing the Future City panel as a part of VISIONDC, Arts and Innovation Summit on April 24. At this session, local and national visionaries will collaborate across creative fields and discuss how to drive economic development, address social inclusion, and encourage cultural accessibility in a rapidly changing cityscape.

Presenters at the Designing the Future City panel include:

  • Isabel Castilla, Principal of the James Corner Field Operations. As an architect and landscape architect, Castilla has directed major projects such as Section 3 of the New York High Line, Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road District, and the ICEBERGS installation at the National Building Museum.
  • Demian Costa, Managing Partner for Sagamore Ventures. With Sagamore Ventures, the venture investment arm of Plank Industries, Costa works on projects concerning venture, private equity, entrepreneurship, and innovation growth in Baltimore and beyond.
  • Marina Martins, Co-founder and CEO of Pigmental Studios. In 2016, Martins moved her animation studio, Pigmental, to Galludet University’s Washington campus. The artists at Pigmental Studios have worked on films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Birdman.
  • Avery Ash, Autonomous Vehicle Market Strategist for INRIX. At INRIX, a global leader in connected car services and intelligent movement, Ash leads the company’s DC engagement for innovative transportation technology.
  • Kevin Roberts, VP of Development for Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners. With over 16 years of real estate experience, Roberts leads a range of development projects involving acquisitions, project visioning, entitlements, design, commercial leasing, construction and more.

VISIONDC is open to the public and will feature visionary conversations, site-specific installations, and performances by over 20 local artists. It will be held at the iconic Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Tickets can be purchased for the summit until April 20 at visiondc.org. Discount early bird tickets, ranging from $15 to $45, will be sold until March 24.  

About CulturalDC

CulturalDC has an 18-year history of creating affordable, sustainable artist spaces in the Washington, D.C., area. CulturalDC has brokered more than 250,000 square feet of artist space, including the Atlas Performing Arts Center, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Source Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Each year, CulturalDC serves more than 1,000 artists and welcomes 30,000 audience members and participants who patronize local businesses and contribute an estimated $1 million to the local economy.

For more information on CulturalDC, visit culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on VISIONDC and all of its projects.  #WeMakeSpaceForArt

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CulturalDC is hiring a Development Associate

Development Associate                                                     Job Announcement     

CulturalDC, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, “makes space for art” by providing affordable, accessible space and artistic programming for artists, arts organizations and audiences at our two locations and by spearheading creative placemaking initiatives (e.g. artist studios, public art) in local area communities.  We create opportunities for artistic innovation, connecting artists, arts organizations, real estate developers, and government agencies to facilitate economic and cultural vibrancy in the Washington DC area.  This position calls for an outstanding professional with a proven track record in fundraising and grants management.

Reporting to the Major Gifts Officer, the full-time position of Development Associate will help create and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy that will achieve annual contributed income revenue targets from foundations, government and corporate sources, increase the organization’s revenue streams and donor support, and build greater brand awareness of CulturalDC’s mission and impact.

The Development Associate will:

  • Support Foundations, Government and Corporate sources of fundraising
  • Maintain on-going relationships with Foundation and Government donors and prospects
  • Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation, government and corporate fundraising


  • Develop detailed and competitive written proposals, reports and project budgets for foundation, government and corporate fundraising grants
  • Ensure compliance with foundation and government funding regulations
  • Assist in the preparation of fundraising reports (including financial) and records of fundraising achievements for Executive Director, Board and external stakeholders.
  • Process donations and prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
  • Using Raiser’s Edge Database:
    • Maintain foundation, government, corporation and individual donor files.
    • Create monthly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
    • Maintain and update RE database records.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director and Major Gifts Officer

Board Support and Advocacy

  • Work with the Major Gifts Officer and key volunteer leadership to develop advocacy strategies for local and federal government officials and agencies.

Leadership and General Management

  • Participate in the annual budget planning process to ensure that Government and Foundation fundraising strategies and goals align with the overall budget and programmatic needs.
  • Stay current with developments and trends in the industry and those affecting the organization and its constituents.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Major Gift Officer and staff to achieve integrated communications that consistently promote a dynamic brand image and attract support for CulturalDC.

Preparation and Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in foundation, government and or corporate fundraising desired.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of development experience that includes grant and proposal writing experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Raiser’s Edge Database management experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications 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:
To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to:
916 G Street NW
Washington, DC  20001
P 202.315.1327

Deadline: Applications accepted until the position is filled.


CulturalDC is Hiring a Communications Manager

Communications Manager                                                          Job Announcement

CulturalDC, a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for artistic innovation, connecting artists, arts organizations, developers and government agencies to facilitate economic and cultural vibrancy in the Washington DC area, is accepting applications for the position of Communications Manager.

This position requires experience in communications, marketing and public relations, branding, planning and implementation of short and long term strategies, audience development, and the integration of fundraising and marketing to reach organizational goals. This position requires high level strategic marketing planning, as well as day to day operational work. This position reports to the Deputy Director and, in collaboration with the CulturalDC staff, will develop and execute CulturalDC marketing plans with strategies and tactics to support the organization’s development and program/services goals.



  • Serve as the brand master for CulturalDC’s organizational identity and visual brand; centralize internal and external communications.
  • Implement CulturalDC’s Communications Strategy and Plan.
  • Manage marketing and publicity for CulturalDC events including exhibitions, theatre performances, additional programming and events.
  • Implement email marketing and social media campaigns to ensure effective messaging.
  • Work with program staff to develop messaging, timelines, annual marketing and communications plan and budgets and create audience development and ticketing strategies.
  • Create and/or manage all CulturalDC print and electronic materials including website, media releases, invitations, programs, annual reports and e-newsletters.
  • Liaise with media; develop and administer organization’s media contacts and coverage and other external listservs.
  • Liaise with the PR and Marketing committee of the Board of Directors and volunteers.
  • Supervise the work of an intern and/or Fellow.
  • Perform grant writing and reporting as needed.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or Communications.
  • Three to five years’ experience in arts marketing, communications and/or public relations preferred.
  • Outstanding writing and oral skills with a strong design sensibility.
  • Experience with both digital and print-based marketing.
  • Experience tracking and analyzing the efficacy of websites, emails and web-based marketing efforts, including Google Analytics and tracking URLs over social media.
  • Knowledge of MS Office, PowerPoint, desktop and Internet publishing software, including HTML, Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge1 a plus.
  • Attention to detail and ability to organize and manage multiple tasks on an ongoing basis.
  • Knowledge of contemporary visual and/or performing art, particularly in the DC area.
  • Collegial working style and ability to work well in a team environment. Calm approach in pressure situations.
  • Comfortable with deadline-driven responsibilities and the capacity to handle multiple priorities at one time.
  • Has established relationships with print and digital media outlets.
  • Ability to participate in evening/weekend events.


Salary: Commensurate with experience

How to apply:
To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to:
916 G Street NW
Washington, DC  20001
P 202.315.1327

Deadline: Applications accepted until the position is filled.




April 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – CulturalDC, Washington’s leading arts place-maker and presenter, will host VISIONDC, Arts and Urban Innovation Summit. The event will provide an opportunity for artists, real estate developers, policymakers, business leaders and the public to consider the creative trajectory of growth in the District.

Featuring Washington’s first ever ART TANK, an initiative inspired by ABC’s popular television show, “Shark Tank,” VISIONDC promises urban development in real time as a group of investors judge concepts for groundbreaking arts projects. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to watch as winning concepts are funded ON THE SPOT.

“The inaugural ART TANK competition epitomizes Washington’s ongoing dedication to art and urban investment,” says CulturalDC Board Member and President of Urban Atlantic Development, Vicki Davis. “With ART TANK, VISIONDC delivers revolutionary exposure to upcoming trends in the metropolitan landscape.”

At the summit, nationally recognized entrepreneurs, artists and commercial developers will explore:

  • Gentrification in Washington’s neighborhoods and strategies that are being considered to foster equitable growth;
  • How creative thinking can be employed to address challenges and drive economic development while considering social issues in urban areas; and
  • How crowdsourcing can be used to invest in developing creative communities in Washington.

VISIONDC is open to the public and will feature visionary conversations, site-specific installations, and performances by over 20 local artists. It will be held at the iconic Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Tickets can be purchased at visiondc.org. Discount early bird tickets, ranging from $15 to $45, will be sold until March 24.

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WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC’s Source Festival is pleased to announce the 20 Full-Length Plays that have been selected as finalists for its tenth season! The scripts were vetted by a team of over 75 readers and Source Festival producers, led by Source Festival Artistic Director Jenny McConnell Frederick. Over the past ten years, the Festival has developed and produced work that is innovative in its structure and content and has pushed the boundaries of traditional theatricality.

These 20 scripts, narrowed from a submission pool of over 130 plays, represent some of the freshest, most compelling plays being written in America. The three selected Full-Length scripts will be announced in December. The Festival runs from June 9 through July 2 and will also feature 12 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates.

A full list of the plays, including playwright bios, is available here.


(((POSITION FILLED))) Arts Management Fellow

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 Theatre, 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.


The position of Arts Management Fellow offers the opportunity to work for and gain experience with an established arts service organization in the DC area. The position requires 20 hours/week, including some Saturdays and evenings for special events. The Arts Management Fellow will have the opportunity to work with CulturalDC’s Staff on day to day operations and events. The 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.



  • Support Executive Director
  • Work on special arts projects with Program Managers;
  • Conduct research and compile data
  • Reception – manage reception area, greet visitors/guests/vendors



  • College senior, graduate student or recent graduate preferred
  • Knowledge in contemporary art; performing arts; arts administration and programming
  • Experience with Social Media, Web Tools and Microsoft Office Suite of tools
  • 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.

This is paid position with a monthly stipend ranging between $800-1,200 per month based on experience and availability.


How To Apply:

To apply, submit a resume with cover letter by NOVEMBER 30 to:

Attn: Development Fellow