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08.23.17

CulturalDC’s Space4 Presents TBD Immersive’s In Cabaret We Trust

 

In Cabaret We Trust

CulturalDC’s Space4 Presents
TBD Immersive’s In Cabaret We Trust
September 7 – 29 | Blind Whino SW Arts Club

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present TBD (Tradition Be Dammed) Immersive’s world premiere of In Cabaret We Trust, an immersive theatrical experience that explores the ties between Weimar Republic-era Berlin in the 1920’s and, nearly a century later, what could be DC’s future. Directed by Artistic Director Strother Gaines and devised and created by TBD Immersive, the production marks the follow-up to the team’s TEDx Mid-Atlantic production, Welcome to the Family. With support from CulturalDC’s Space4 program, the production will run September 7 – September 29, 2017 at the Blind Whino SW Arts Club; tickets are on sale now.

ABOUT IN CABARET WE TRUST

“History doesn’t repeat itself…but it does rhyme.” While almost certainly incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain, this quote exemplifies what spurred TBD Immersive to create In Cabaret We Trust.

Set in the 2020s, In Cabaret We Trust tells the story of DC’s struggling Resistance Cabaret featuring acrobats, aerialists, fire troupes, dancers, and more. The cabaret is fighting to stay alive in the capital of the populist-controlled Republic. Congress has revoked DC’s Home Rule, and an ultra-conservative lesbian Senator now controls the city, which she regards as little more than a filthy, liberal swamp. Under increasing pressure from her constituents to shut down the Cabaret (Is #CabaretGate real? Or fake news?), the Senator has chosen tonight to make her big move.

But like everyone in this town, she has secrets. Secrets held by the headmistress of the Cabaret that could ruin her career. As the two factions lock into a chess game of “mutually assured destruction,” each side fights to maintain their foothold and gain new ground. The press wants the truth. The Resistance persists. Difficult choices are made. The show must go on.

Can the Cabaret be saved?

In Cabaret We Trust is a fully-immersive theatre experience that begins as soon as the audience arrives. It is set within the walls of the 15,000+ sq. ft. desanctified church, Blind Whino. This immersive production will highlight not only the acts on the mainstage, but also the tangled web of stories just below the surface. Drawing on influences from the Weimar Republic era, the production explores themes of power and control, as well as resistance and artistic spirit. Artistic director Strother Gaines says, “In my research following the 2016 election, I started seeing parallel storylines between the Weimar Republic and the previous 8 years here in DC. Back then, as the pendulum swung back to a fascist regime, we lost the cultural progress of the early Weimar Republic. It makes us nervous to see the increasingly similar parallels to today’s political landscape.”

In a time of chaos and secrets, what compromises are you willing to make? Which values are untouchable and which ones are you willing to bend if not break?

The event space will open 30 minutes prior to curtain with ambient performances (weather permitting). For additional information, go to www.culturaldc.org and www.tbdimmersive.com (coming soon)

ABOUT TBD IMMERSIVE
TBD (Tradition Be Damned) Immersive believes in creating art that blurs the line between audience and performer. We hope to create new worlds — in the spirit of Sleep No More and Westworld — where the audience is safe to explore and challenged to step outside their comfort zone. By moving the audience from a passive observer to an active participant in our stories, we encourage audience members to truly connect with one another and the performers, deepen their understanding and empathy, and increase their retention and engagement in a co-created storyline.

ABOUT STROTHER GAINES
Strother is the artistic director and founder of TBD Immersive. Past directing credits include the 2016 TEDx Mid-Atlantic Immersive “Welcome to the Family”, THE Theatre Company’s “House of Yes”, sold-out fringe hit “Ambien Date Night” and Best of Fringe pick “The Dish”. He is a business and personal coach for entrepreneurs and small businesses as well as a public speaker and corporate facilitator via his private practice “But I’m a Unicorn, Dammit!”. As an artist and entrepreneur he is passionately committed to the ideals of authenticity, connection, and storytelling as well as helping as many people as possible own up to the fact that they’re a unique fu&%ing snowflake. He looks pretty good in purple. (www.tbdimmersive.com & www.unicorndammit.com)

ABOUT CULTURALDC
CulturalDC has a 19-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.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’s SPACE4: PERFORMING ARTS
CulturalDC’s Space4:Performing Arts is an intensive program geared at developing performing artists and performing arts organizations and connecting with communities across Washington, DC. The program offers participants a chance to explore their craft by providing the basic tools needed to produce strong work: access to unique performance spaces, a variety of production support, and production mentorship. Specific production support provided by CulturalDC includes collaboration on marketing, publicity and audience development as well as production and artistic advisement as needed. This year, Space4 is partnering with the Blind Whino SW Arts Club for a performance in September and Dupont Underground for performances in December and April.

The projects were solicited through a competitive open-call. Selected productions were recommended by an advisory panel of prominent DC-area arts professionals including Thembi Duncan¸ Creative Programs Director at Young Playwrights’ Theater; Michael Kyrioglou, Theatre Services Manager Theatre Washington; Peter Miller, Board Member Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; and Debra Kim Sivigny, free-lance designer. The advisory panel also provides mentoring and professional development throughout the creation of each production.

CulturalDC is generously supported by, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, AT&T, Washington Gas, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Susan and Dixon Butler Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, Stephen Stein and VOA Associates.

ABOUT BLIND WHINO SW ARTS CLUB
With over 15,000+ square feet of space dedicated to community-based arts programming alongside notable art institutions and organizations, multiple rooms to host cultural and corporate events and activities, and an organic, urban farm that grows and serves local food markets throughout the region, SW Arts Club will continue its mission to be an accessible arts environment with multiple experiential opportunities to enhance your cultural palette. Housed in the historic Friendship Baptist Church, built in 1886, the facade showcases an eclectic use of Victorian and Romanesque architectural styles combined with Gothic Revival and Queen Anne elements. The facility was re-imagined in October 2012 by artist HENSE and later re-purposed in August 2013 as Blind Whino.

For more information visit culturaldc.org.
CulturalDC • 1835 14th St. NW • Washington, DC 20009
General: 202.315.1305  Press: 202.315.1310
Email: communications@culturaldc.org
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IN CABARET WE TRUST Fact Sheet

Creative Team:
Artistic Director & Creator: Strother Gaines
Producer & Playwright: Jenny Splitter
Producer & Playwright: Jessica Bylander
Producer & Improvisation Director: Dana Malone
Sideshow & Variety Entertainment Coordinator: Atomic Doll Productions
Lighting Designer: James Morrison (provided by Artist Concept Groups)
Movement Coordinator: Zana Gankhuyag
Mask Consultant/Creator: Tara Cariaso
Makeup Artist/Designer: Joy Johnson 

Cast: Catherine Deadman, Chaseedaw Giles, Matthew Gibeson, Marissa Goodstone, D Scott Graham, Amanda Haddock, Zoe Walpole, Melanie Boyer, Kathleen Burnard, Darnell Eaton, Andrew Dominic Filicicchia, Allison Frisch, Emily Gilson, Molly Graham, Maura Claire Harford, Alex Kazanas, Kaitlin Kemp, Beth Lyons, Colleen Parker, Annetta Sawyer, Ray Simeon, Dakota Schuck, Heather Marie Vitale, Members of Peculiarity Productions (Fire Troupe), Lauren Hanyock, Samantha Kacos, Shanna Lim, Erin Muessig, Eva Mystique, Alyssum Pohl, Lida Benson

More performers to be added and daily cast subject to change

Visual Artists: Nando Alvarez, John Detrich, Emmett Grosland, Herrin Hopper, Hope Sorenson

Blurb: Set in the 2020s, In Cabaret We Trust tells the story of DC’s struggling Resistance Cabaret, fighting to stay alive in the capital of the populist-controlled Republic. Congress has revoked DC’s Home Rule, and an ultra-conservative lesbian Senator now controls the city, which she regards as little more than a filthy, liberal swamp. Under increasing pressure from her constituents to shut down the Cabaret (Is #CabaretGate real? Or fake news?), the Senator has chosen tonight to make her big move. Can the Cabaret be Saved?

Location: Blind Whino SW Arts Club: 700 Delaware Ave. SW, Washington DC 20024

Preview: Thursday, September 7th at 8pm

Dates:
Friday, September 8th at 8pm – Opening Night – The performance will be followed by drinks, food, and dancing throughout the Blind Whino art space.
Sunday, September 10th at 7pm – Talkback with cast and Creative Team after show
Friday, September 15th at 8pm
Thursday, September 21st at 8pm
Friday, September 22nd at 8pm
Thursday, September 28th at 8pm
Friday, September 29th at 8pm

In Cabaret We Trust runs approximately two hours. During that time, guests are free to explore and engage the space and partake of the bar whenever they’d like.

For Tickets: Available 30 minutes before each performance at the door, 866-811-4111, or online at Ovationtix

For Information: www.culturaldc.org and www.tbdimmersive.com

Ticket Prices: General Admission $45, 2 Tickets for $80 (Code: DUET), Student Tickets: $35

Metro and Parking Info: Blind Whino SW Arts Club is a 10-minute walk from the Waterfront Metro Station on the Green Line. There is limited street parking in the area.

08.23.17

SPACE4: VISUAL ARTS 2017-2018 ARTISTS

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INAUGURAL SEASON 2017-2018 ARTISTS

Community members, art lovers, and artists alike will make the mobile art gallery a vibrant hub of activity, right at people’s doorsteps in neighborhoods across DC, as the 2017–18 Season of Space4: Art begins this Fall.

 

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SALVITORE PIRRONE | STRING ROOM

In Salvatore Pirrone’s exhibition, visitors will  engage in the simple activity of searching for string and pulling it from the wall’s surface – putting the viewer in touch with their surroundings and harnessing the pleasure performing a simple task.

 

 

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MAGGIE GOURLAY | FEELIN’ GROUNDED

Maggie Gourlay will bring experiences of nature to urban communities through an exhibition that highlights the importance of clean air and water, and the devastating effects of climate change on the planet.

 

 

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JD DEARDOURFF | UNCANNY FANTASTIC

JD Deardourff excavates passages from his comic book collection, removing the positive space and collaging the remaining imagery into large-scale, abstract, and unpredictable compositions.

 

 

 

 

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AMY WIKE | IN A WORD

Amy Wike’s exhibition will be driven by content collected directly from the community in which the container gallery is placed. Visitors will navigate the space through a maze of collected words that reveal preconceived notions of the neighborhood.

 

 

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NARA PARK

Nara Park will create a mobile cemetery in the container gallery that investigates simulations of nature as expressions of the human desire for immortality.

 

 

 

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AMANDA BURNHAM | BLOCK WATCH

Amanda Burnham will transform the container gallery into an exhibition space with an immersive drawing installation that builds upon her recent work and capitalizes upon the unique site-specific circumstances of the project to connect to the community in which the work resides.

 

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JUNG MIN PARK | MEMORY SCAPE

Jung Min Park will create a dreamy atmosphere inside the container gallery by placing abstract cityscapes inside light boxes – evoking a sense of abandoned memory from viewers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Noa Heyne will build an interactive whale-oid hydraulic sculpture, accompanied with an animation video. The installation will be playful and family friendly, while at the same time raising questions of responsibility and control of individuals over their space.

08.23.17

Space4: Performing Arts 2017-2018 Artists

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INAUGURAL SEASON 2017-2018 ARTISTS

With thrilling performances in unconventional spaces, Space4: Performing Arts promises intrigue, interaction, and innovation. Our p(art)ners are primed to make a big splash on the DC cultural scene. From music and dance collaborations, to devised cabarets to supernatural puppetry, there is something during the season for everyone.

 

2 (2)IN CABARET WE TRUST
September 2017 | Blind Whino SW Arts Club

Devised by TBD Immersive | Directed by Strother Gaines

Set in the 2020s, In Cabaret We Trust tells the story of DC’s struggling Resistance Cabaret, fighting to stay alive in the capital of the populist-controlled Republic. Congress has revoked DC’s Home Rule, and an ultra-conservative lesbian Senator now controls the city. Under increasing pressure from her constituents to shut down the Cabaret the Senator has chosen tonight to make her big move. Can the Cabaret be saved?

 

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December 2017 | Dupont Underground

Artists: Rogue Collective and Orange Grove Dance

The OPEN BOX Project will be a brand-new evening-length collaboration between Rogue Collective and Orange Grove Dance featuring compelling improvised music and movement scores. Performed in the vast tunnels of Dupont Underground, the architecture serves as rich inspiration for this interactive evening, which explores how space, material, light, and sound affect the experiences and actions of their inhabitants. Influenced by American minimalism and popular music the string players of Rogue Collective will blend their sounds and creations with the dynamic, virtuosic, and visually athletic choreography of Orange Grove Dance.

 

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April 2018 | Dupont Underground

by Brittany Alyse Willis
Presented by Pinky Swear Productions | Directed by Toni Rae Salmi

Use All Available Doors is a new play following a soon-to-be-decommissioned WMATA train car, a grieving operator re-evaluating her life’s path, and a revolving door of passengers as they travel the length of the Red Line, with vignettes performed between each stop. Vignettes include but are not limited to: a parade, a sing-a-long, and unsolicited foot washing (that one’s a true story).

The play aims to recreate the feeling of riding the Red Line, but that doesn’t mean Use All Available Doors is always realistic—true stories meet absurdity in this valentine to the DC Metro and its riders.

 

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April 2018 | Dupont Underground

Presented by S. J. Ewing and Dancers
Directed by S. J. Ewing | Projection Designer/Collaborator: Jonathan Hsu

Transit is an original dance-theater work that asks–as we move through time–what bridges our intangible interior lives with the physically constructed environments we have built.

The piece uses motion capture technology to inform the animation of the projections which cover the interior of the tunnel surface. The dancers evoke our interior worlds while the tunnel walls, and the narrow and linear nature of the space evokes, the external world and our journey through it.

Transit is supported by CityDance

 

WORKS IN PROGRESS
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November 2017

Presented and Devised by Pocket Change Theater Company
Directed by Brittany Martz

Pocket Change Theatre Company presents a new devised play for young audiences. PCTC Resident Director Brittany Martz will direct and devise this multi-lingual, DCspecific piece. A  curious kid wanders off in a museum and makes new friends as the exhibits come to life! Appropriate and enjoyable for all ages.

 

 

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by Wit’s End Puppets
Directed by Genna Beth Davidson

Malevolent Creatures is a puppet triptych inspired by the folklore of the British Isles. Puppets of three supernatural creatures; the witch Black Annis, the shapeshifter Selkie and the nature spirit Tiddy Mun, interact with human actors to retell ancient tales that continue to haunt us today. Wit’s End Puppets uses these stories to explore challenges of our modern world, including war, domestic abuse and climate change.

 

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by Kathleen Akerley
Presented by Longacre Lea

Set in a near-future society–in which homelessness has been “solved” via a system of indentured servitude to the rich–TYRANT is a full-length drama exploring themes of hope, (in)humanity, and the dangers of being impersonal.

 

08.22.17

CulturalDC Announce Inaugural Artists of Space4: Arts

CulturalDC Announces Inaugural Artists of Space4: Arts

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC’s Space4 is thrilled to announce the dynamic slate of artists that will be featured in the 2017-18 Season.  Space4 will bring vibrant performing and visual art to the front steps of DC neighborhoods by outfitting a portable shipping container as a multi-functional space for art and by partnering with unconventional venues across the city. Space4 ensures that communities will experience and engage in groundbreaking works.

Space4: Visual Art’s 2017-2018 season will feature artists Amanda Burnham, JD Deardourff, Maggie Gourlay, Noa Heyne, Jung Min Park, Nara Park, Salvatore Pirrone, and Amy Wike. These artists will transform Space4’s intimate gallery space – a remodeled 40-foot shipping container – into eight solo exhibitions. As the ambitious project moves across Washington DC, each Space4 artist will generate and lead free community engagement projects that are open to the public. In October, Salvatore Pirrone will launch the project with a dynamic community based interactive installation at The Yards in SE, sponsored by CulturalDC and Forest City.

Space4: Performing Arts’ 2017-18 season will feature productions from TBD Immersive, The Rogue Collective and Orange Grove Dance, Sarah J. Ewing & Dancers, and Pinky Swear Productions, as well as works-in-progress from Longacre Lea, Wit’s End Puppets, and Pocket Change Theatre.  Space4: Performing Art will expand CulturalDC’s unique mission to mentor and present emerging artists in the fields of theatre, music, dance, film, and interdisciplinary work. By partnering with unexpected venues across the city, including Blind Whino SW Arts Club and Dupont Underground, Space4: Performing Art will engage with DC residents in innovative performance experiences.

In addition to their solo exhibitions and productions, participants in the Space4: Arts’ program will receive professional development support from an Advisory Panel. Comprised of noted artists and arts professionals in the DC area, the Advisory Panel reviews proposals and recommends programming for each season. This season’s visual art panel includes Tonya Jordan, a multi-disciplinary arts consultant, independent curator, and public art management specialist; Akemi Maegawa, a Corcoran alumni and artist specializing in sculpture and installation works; Laura Roulet, an independent curator specializing in contemporary and Latin American art and fostering artists in the DMV region; and Schwanda Rountree, independent curator and collector for Rountree Art Consulting.  Performing Arts panelists include Thembi Duncan, freelance director and actor, Quynn Johnson, Dance & Choreographer, Michael Kyrioglou, Theatre Services Manager, Theatre Washington; Peter Miller, Board Member Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; and Debra Kim Sivigny, free-lance designer.

About CulturalDC

CulturalDC has a 19-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.

Following the successful VISIONDC, Space4 is CulturalDC’s next bold step in connecting Washingtonians to art and artists. Hosted in April of this year, VISIONDC brought together over 600 artists, developers, policy-makers, DC residents, and large and small business owners for a day-long Arts and Urban Innovation Summit that awarded over $75,000 to individual artists on-the-spot to create public art in DC.

CulturalDC will debut Space4: Visual Art’s mobile container gallery and Space4: Performing Art in the fall of 2017.  CulturalDC provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts,The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Housing Authority, Metabolic Studio, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation, Washington Gas, Daimler, Stantec, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation, Susan and Dixon Butler, Steve Stein and Pete Miller and Sara Cormeny.

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 • 1835 14th Street NW • Washington, DC 20009

General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1307 • Fax: 202.315.1303

Email: samantha@culturaldc.org

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08.02.17

DC Area Artists Create Fluid Installation

Soomin Ham and Amie Oliver

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to collaborate with Forest City Washington at their Twelve12 residential location in Navy Yard, to present a new exhibition highlighting two DC area artists, Soomin Ham and Amie Oliver. Both artists work with similar concepts in mind but use different mediums to depict the intangible. 

Ham’s work explores the ephemeral quality of a moment in time as she uses experimental methods in her photography practices. Her work encompasses personal fragments that reflect a journey through life and memory.

Amie Oliver’s body of work is fluid, transformative, and dramatic. Her paintings catalogue the passing of time and the subtle and profound impact of entropy and the elements on the material world. Through her artistic process she explores the impermanence of her materials and how they correspond with nature.

These two artists deconstruct materials or images to construct a visual representation of time, transformation, and the ephemeral. Each of these elements are incorporated throughout the works exhibited in the Twelve12 lobby, blending the artists into a harmonious conversation.

This exhibition is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and it is located at 1212 4th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. It will be on display through September 2017.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Soomin Ham is inspired by memory, making photography the primary vehicle to capture the impermanence of time. Ham is a multimedia artist and photographer based in Washington, DC. Ham’s multimedia installations, photography, and mixed media works have been widely exhibited from the DC area to New York and Seoul, Korea. Ham trained as a classical musician at Ewha’s Women University in South Korea and received a Master of Art in photography and multimedia from New York University/International Center of Photography in New York. Ham was a recipient of D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Grants including an Individual Artists Fellowship Grant in 2003 and Small Projects Grant in 2000. She is currently a member of Multiple Exposures Gallery and an Associate Artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.

Amie Oliver is a painter who uses ink and water to capture the fluidity of time on paper. Through her process of scratching, brushing and drawing with permanent ink she creates elemental shapes, forms and spaces which evoke the fragile and transitory nature of our planet. She earned an MFA from Bowling Green State University and a B.A. from Mississippi State University with post graduate studies at Tyler School of Art via the Glasgow School of Art and SUNYBrockport via the Visual Studies Workshop. Oliver’s exhibition history spans the globe and includes galleries in the USA, Australia, South Korea, Germany, France, and Turkey. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA and the Fellows Council for the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, VA.

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.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; The National Endowment for the Arts; DC Office of Planning; DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment; District of Columbia Housing Association; Congressional Commercial; Daimler; S&R Foundation; Urban Atlantic; Washington Gas; Altria; Susan and Dixon Butler; Bank of America; Peter Miller and Sara Cormeny; Foulger-Pratt, Pepco-Exelon; VOA Associates; CastroHaase pllc; Bozzuto; Telesis; EagleBank; Menkiti Group; Hank and Carol Goldberg; Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Forest City Washington; Dallas Moors Coors; Artspace; Abdo Development; and Ditto Residential.

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001

General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1307 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: samantha@culturaldc.org

 

03.14.17

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

General: 202.315.1305  • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: kristi@culturaldc.org

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001

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03.13.17

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

 Responsibilities

  • 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:
CulturalDC
916 G Street NW
Washington, DC  20001
hr@culturaldc.org
P 202.315.1327

THIS POSITION IS CLOSED

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03.08.17

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.

 

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Requirements:

  • 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:
CulturalDC
916 G Street NW
Washington, DC  20001
hr@culturaldc.org
P 202.315.1327

THIS POSITION IS CLOSED

02.22.17

CULTURALDC HOSTS VISIONDC, ARTS AND URBAN INNOVATION SUMMIT

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VISIONDC
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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12.06.16

SOURCE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS TOP 20 FULL-LENGTH PLAYS FOR ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2016
Contact: Patrick Landes
plandes@culturaldc.org

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CULTURALDC ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR SOURCE FESTIVAL’S FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

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.

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