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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.

02.15.17

CHRISTIAN BENEFIEL: DEVELOPING AN ARGUMENT

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CHRISTIAN BENEFIEL

DEVELOPING AN ARGUMENT
March 18 – April 8, 2017
Reception: Friday, March 24 from 6-8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Developing an Argument by Christian Benefiel from March 18 through April 8 at Flashpoint Gallery. The exhibition features new work by the Maryland sculptor investigating an argument as the application of persuasion and resistance.

Christian Benefiel’s sculptures address the interaction of elements in systems. His work is driven by the way that a social construct is dependent on balance and tension, both physically and visually. In the end, the argument itself is the construction, the product, and the notion that an issue is more complex than opinion. Through physical structures constructed from networks of wooden and found material forced against itself, Benefiel visualizes the human desire to selectively manipulate the existing environment for purpose or comfort. The form of the works plays on a psychology of species, the connection to materials and places beyond the civilized or enlightened world, and the role and method of individual pieces that make up the larger ideas of arguments and dialogue.

Image credit: Christian Benefiel, Factions of people Certain of what they believe is Oppression, 2017. Wood, dimensions variable (approx. 36”x40”x48”)

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Christian Benefiel is a Maryland-based artist focusing on sculpture and installation. His work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions both nationally and in Europe. Recent shows include Structural Tissue at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD, Sea of Tranquility, Ocean of Doubt at VisArts in Rockville, MD, Indirect Effect at AREA 405 in Baltimore, MD, and the Foggy Bottom Sculpture Biennial in Washington, DC. His sculptures can be found in public parks and schools in Kentucky, Minnesota, Maryland, DC, and Finland. Internationally, Benefiel’s work has been included in exhibitions in Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and England. He is the recipient of the Hamiltonian Fellowship, MSAC Individual Artist Grant, and a US Fulbright Grant to Helsinki, Finland. He teaches sculpture at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint Gallery 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, 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 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

 

 

CHRISTIAN BENEFIEL: DEVELOPING AN ARGUMENT

Exhibition Dates:
March 18, 2017 –  April 8, 2017

Reception:
Friday, March 24, 2017 from 6-8pm (free and open to the public) 

Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk:
Sunday, March 26, 1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment 

02.10.17

CulturalDC Resident Companies receive 2017 Helen Hayes Awards nominations

We are very excited to announce that two of CulturalDC’s Resident Companies, Constellation Theatre Company and Pointless Theatre Co., and one 2016-17 Mead Theatre Lab Program participant, Convergence Theatre, have been nominated a total of nineteen times for The Helen Hayes Awards!

Here’s the full list:

Constellation Theatre Company:
Outstanding Choreography – Urinetown
Outstanding Musical Direction – Urinetown
Outstanding Costume Design – Journey to the West
Outstanding Lighting Design – Journey to the West
Outstanding Set Design – Journey to the West
Outstanding Sound Design – Equus & Journey to the West
Outstanding Direction, Musical – Urinetown
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical – Urinetown
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical – Urinetown
James MacArthur Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play – Journey to the West
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play – Urinetown
Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play – Journey to the West
Outstanding Production, Musical – Urinetown
Outstanding Production, Play – Equus

Pointless Theatre Co.:
Outstanding Musical Direction – King Ubu
Outstanding Costume Design – King Ubu
Outstanding Production, Play – King Ubu

Convergence Theatre:
John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company

Get out and support the great work these companies are doing!!

02.08.17

Mending… An interpretation of the works of the fourth solo exhibition of American artist Nicole Salimbene

By Ebtisam Abdulaziz in Al Tashkeel

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At the fourth solo exhibition of artist Nicole Salimbene held from 16 September through 15 October 2016 at Flashpoint Gallery in Washington, D.C. This interactive installation exhibition contained several sculptural compositional and interactive works in addition to a series of two-dimensional canvasses. Through these pieces, the artist hoped to combine elegance with persistence in going beyond the ordinary to touch on the concept of impermanence. Nicole›s works have been characterized by these features, which were represented through an interdisciplinary approach. She also focused on these particular concepts by creating dialogue between the public and the installation itself.  “I am interested in provoking contemplation through this dialogue,” said the artist, “searching always for the poetics of relationship and the transformation that arises as a result of the conflict between internal and external worlds.”

In her exhibition entitled Mending, we see an important interactive piece entitled Mending Table. Mending Table is one in a series of compositional works mounted in a manner, which calls the viewer to explore and meditate on the practice of reparation by interacting with the artwork. For Nicole, mending is the substance or raw material for this work, inviting or perhaps even requiring that the audience sit, interact, and then meditate. The canvasses displayed by Nicole at this exhibition incentivize the viewer to pause, as each piece on its own is an attempt to meditate on or explore those minute details. The works were completed with extreme precision, or by using tools relevant to the process of mending. Nicole used thousands of needles and yarn woven together to create either very complex canvasses or sculptures as well as intertwined installations that invite contemplation and decode the symbols through which the significance of the mending process may be felt. If we look at the sewing work intended to repair damage, a recurring theme in several works displayed, Nicole’s message stretches beyond this particular piece of canvass; many symbols are deployed in her works, such as mending life, the human soul, or the hearts of others. Those stitches woven into a piece of cloth have the potential to repair deterioration or errors committed.

Nicole’s experience with this multi-featured approach began after she conducted several investigations of tangible poetics and the desire to create public and private engagements with the public as a way for the viewer to embody metaphor. By drawing attention to the art of exercising the mind and interacting with the tools of the exhibition, such as needles and thread, Mending encourages us to reflect on the transformations that might take place in our lives and in the greater world, from the moment each stitch is made. Nicole said of her works: “I am constantly inspired by this idea. I am always searching to find a way to embody it in my works. this place where we can be alone together for reflection, a space that welcomes silence. This silence serves as the raw material or the artistic medium, and inviting the viewer to silence is semi-interactive. The viewer or audience is able to be present with themselves, or even sit in silence. For me, that moment is represented in the meeting between the self and the soul, along with the ideas or even meditations on the self that may be produced from that moment. I see this time as a moment of inner peace with oneself.” Regardless of whatever the viewer concludes as they interact with the piece, this work strives to create an environment suitable for interaction with the internal. Perhaps this moment is drawn from the desire or need for a space suitable for a moment of stability and silence. I also hoped to create this space not only for meditation and silence but also for contemplation, regardless of the content. I wanted to fulfil the viewer›s need for contemplation on whatever they may need to ponder, but this doesn’t mean that I named the project Mending to try and force the viewer think about what he/she wants to mend via sewing. Rather, it is a call to contemplate what must be mended – if anything – and forms an invitation to listen to our inner self and answer its call. The inspiration may have been drawn from my personal experience and belief in the need to be present to communicate with myself and mend what I want to mend. “

Through the exhibition Nicole aims for the installation to create a mixing or intermingling between various cultures with different backgrounds. She is very interested in what may be produced from this intermingling and difference as well as opportunities to find all of these cultures and backgrounds in the same space, communicating with one another in a spiritual way, and listening to each other in the absence of religious or ethnic discrimination.

In this exhibition, Nicole also displayed a series of boards entitled the Mending Fire Series, which partially originated from a collaborative art project she did a few years prior with refugees. She worked on this project with a professional artist from Ethiopia. Through this artistic collaboration, she was inspired to produce her first piece of cutting and burning the canvas. “I made a linear cut across the canvas,” Nicole said, “I remember that at the time, I was undergoing a very trying crisis. We were discussing what it means to be open to expressing whatever you are experiencing, and what it means to be a person who is broken inside. I thought about how we begin to mend those wounds. How in the mending you begin to see these wounds as a blessing.” Although Nicole does not assume that things can be completely recovered, evident in how her canvasses still bear cuts and remnants from the sewing process. The canvasses carry many scars. She is focused on the call to explore transformation by providing the right conditions or circumstances, through which we are called by the desire to reveal. Many of us carry deep wounds that remain open, and many of us also refuse to reveal or mend them. As for the production process and logistics associated with these paintings, Nicole said: “At the start, I made that linear cut which represents the wound as well as an openness to revealing it. Then I burned the canvass, which symbolizes the first flames of our desire to change and mend, and which some may see in a negative light but is also the creative fires of transformation and change that aid the process. For me this mark making is similar to the bruises we find on our bodies in various forms and colors, which form an important part of the healing process. Some remnants of the fire on the surface of the canvasses are dark in color and others light, just like the colors of the bruises on our body, whose colors change gradually from dark brown to light until they eventually fade away. After this, I began the sewing process to close the cut on the canvas but sometimes not a complete closure but a new form created in the space between. These canvasses are a visual expression of what takes place during this approach and successive steps taken until the process of mending the damage is complete.”

In the exhibition hall there is a large piece entitled Mending Waters. Nicole sees water as a flexible raw material for sculpture, as it can transform and take on any shape. In this synthetic work, this idea is strengthened, supported by the concept of flow and flux from a spiritual standpoint. Water can bear, carry, and contain quite a lot and she describes the material as rich and strong. As for Nicole’s origins, she was born in the state of Colorado. She then moved and grew up in Niagara Falls, New York, and we can see the degree to which Nicole was impacted by this imagery. Nicole also discusses many negative environmental issues and how commercial and industrial development can manipulate and negatively impact water. In demonstrating this complicated relationship through her installation, she invites the viewer to contemplate an empathic relationship with water? How can this process be absorbed and reflected in the self, not just when thinking about how we can exploit water or harness this resource to serve us? She wants the viewer, through interacting with and sitting before the work, to contemplate and imagine this water as rains or waterfalls in the form of blue threads, and also to see the other side represented in thousands of needles implanted in pieces of wood. That aspect which renders the relationship very complicated cannot be overlooked, and Nicole says: “I wanted to tell the viewer that the water which has given you so much deserves a moment of contemplation; it deserves this from you, even if it is just a small gesture.”

There is no doubt that Nicole Salimbene is always interested in creating an empathic and poetic relationship to materials- materials of the internal and external a fact that shines through her works. Poetics form Nicole’s raw materials and tools, and this is linked to her educational background: She received her Bachelors Degree in Literature and the English Language explaining her close association with her passion for the principles and components that express stories and poems, which she presents semi-abstractly and hopes for the viewer to embody as a means of intimacy with the work.

 

 

Ebtisam Abdulaziz is a multidisciplinary Emirati artist and writer based in US & UAE. Reflecting her Bachelor’s Degree in Science & Mathematics, Ebtisam incorporates her unique perspective on mathematics and the structures of systems to explore issues of identity and culture through installations, performance pieces and works on paper. Ebtisam solo shows include Autobiography, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2012) and Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Sharjah Contemporary Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE (2007). She has also taken part in a number of international group shows, including: View from Inside: Contemporary Arab Photography, Video and Mixed Media Art, Emirates Palace Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2015); Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, USA (2015); On Site, NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2014); View From Inside – Fotofest 2014 Biennale, Houston, USA (2103); Emirati Expressions, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2013); Three Generations, Sotheby’s, London UK (2013); Arab Express, The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2012); 25 years of Arab Creativity, L’institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France (2012); Inventing The World: The Artist as a Citizen, Benin Biennial, Kora Centre, Benin (2012). The artist has exhibited as part of the Inaugural UAE and ADACH Pavilions at 53rd Venice Biennale, as well as at the 7th Sharjah Biennial, and the 32nd Emirates Fine Art Society Annual Exhibition.

 

01.06.17

SPARKPLUG COLLECTIVE – SELFIE: ME, MYSELF, AND US

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SPARKPLUG COLLECTIVE

SELFIE: ME, MYSELF, AND US
February 11 – March 11, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, February 10 from 6-8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Selfie: Me, Myself and Us by the Sparkplug Collective from February 11 through March 11 at Flashpoint Gallery. The exhibition features innovative work by eight local artists who will examine our cultural obsession with selfies and our narcissistic desire to record and manipulate digital representations of ourselves.

Do selfies represent the downfall of our self-absorbed culture? Are we drowning our deeper selves in a shallow, mesmerizing pool of our own digital reflections? Ultimately, the truth is much more nuanced and complex. People mold their digital identities through selfies, carefully constructing alternate worlds where appearance is more important than reality. Artists have been engaging in this same act of self-portraiture for thousands of years, since paint first appeared on cave walls. In Selfie, the Sparkplug Collective will explore concepts of identity, transformation, and personal deception through painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and a site-specific performance.

Image credit: Michael Booker, Etch-A-Sketch Bust, 2016. Oil on woven canvas, 30”x40”

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

The DC Arts Center selected the members of the Sparkplug Collective for a two-year program that features annual curated group exhibitions at the DC Arts Center, studio visits, artist talks, and collaboration on independent exhibitions and projects. The eight local artists in the fourth incarnation of the Sparkplug Collective have diverse backgrounds and experiences that span artistic traditions and the arbitrary lines of race, gender, and ethnicity. The collective includes Michael Booker, Delesslin “Roo” George-Warren, Megan Maher, Jerome Skiscim, Brendan L. Smith, Casey Snyder, Jerry Truong, and Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint Gallery 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, 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 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

 

 

SPARKPLUG COLLECTIVE – SELFIE: ME, MYSELF, AND US

Exhibition Dates:
February 11 – March 11, 2017

Opening Reception:
Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6-8pm (free and open to the public)

Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk:
Sunday, February 26, 1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment

12.09.16

EAMES ARMSTRONG & JOHN MOLETRESS: PERVERSION THERAPY

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EAMES ARMSTRONG & JOHN MOLETRESS

PERVERSION THERAPY
January 14 – February 4, 2017
Opening reception & performance: Friday, January 13 from 6-9pm
Performance event: Wednesday, January 18 from 7-9pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Perversion Therapy by Eames Armstrong and John Moletress from January 14 through February 4 at Flashpoint Gallery. Opening a week before the presidential inauguration, the exhibition Perversion Therapy points to the anti-LGBTQ history of the president elect and members of his chosen cabinet through a celebration of queer bliss and domestic deviance.

The exhibition features paintings, performance objects, and multimedia installations. It will also include a live performance at the opening reception on Friday the Thirteenth, and a second performance the following week on Wednesday, January 18. The performances will be outrageous – not to be missed! The artists will subvert the practice of conversion therapy—an abusive tactic of brainwashing meant to “correct” queer and gender nonconforming people. Instead, Perversion Therapy affirms queerness, along with transgression, filth, eroticism, noise, happiness, and friendship.

image credit: Eames Armstrong, Thieves Like Us, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 16”x20”

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Eames Armstrong (they/she) works in performance, noise, language, and time. Eames has performed at the Fringe platform at the Venice International Performance Art Week (Italy), Houston International Performance Art Biennale (Texas), High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music (Baltimore, MD), Mobius, Inc. (Cambridge, MA), Rats9 (Montreal, Quebec), Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, NY), Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery (Chicago, IL), Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial (Washington, D.C.) and Capital Fringe Festival (Washington, D.C.). In 2016, Eames was selected for the Emerging Curator Program at VisArts in Rockville, MD, as well as the S&R Foundation studio program in Washington, D.C. They curated the 2013 Supernova Performance Art Festival (Rosslyn, VA), programmed a monthly performance series Soapbox at Hillyer Art Space (Washington, D.C.), co-curated events at Panoply Performance Lab (Brooklyn, NY) and Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, MA), and have organized exhibitions at numerous alternative spaces in the Washington, D.C. area. Eames received a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2010, and an MFA in studio art with an unofficial minor in dance from The George Washington University in 2016. Eames is interested in conflict and difficulty, complicated gestures, and the ritual celebration of confusion and illegibility. eamesarmstrong.com

John Moletress is a multi-disciplined artist, educator, and Founding Director of force/collision, an interdisciplinary performance ensemble. With force/collision, they have co-created and directed The Nautical Yards with Erica Rebollar/Rebollar Dance, Shape (text by Erik Ehn), Trust me (text by Falk Richter) and Jarman (all this maddening beauty) with Caridad Svich (International/US). Their work has been seen within the US at The Kennedy Center, Abrons Art Center, La MaMa ETC, Highways Performance Space, Intersections Festival, Fusebox Festival, Arena Stage, New Dramatists, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, FUNDarte/Out In The Tropics, OUTsider Festival, The George Washington University, and EMP Collective, to name a few. Internationally, their work has been seen at King’s College London, Homotopia/unity theatre (UK), Warehouse 9 (DK), The Gulbenkian (UK) and The House at Plymouth University (UK). Previously, they were awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre for co-founding Factory 449, they received multiple funding awards from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and they were a finalist for the prestigious DC 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence. They have directed premieres by playwrights Erik Ehn, Caridad Svich, and Craig Wright. Publications include Innovation in Five Acts: Strategies for Theatre and Performance (ed. Caridad Svich; Theatre Communications Group), Wendell. (Playwright; NoPassport Press), Jarman (all this maddening beauty) and Other Texts (Intellect Books UK) and Imaging Home: Practice, Performance, Place (Forthcoming, Intellect Books UK). JohnMoletress.com

 

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint Gallery 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, 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 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Daimler, Washington Gas, AT&T, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, VOA & Associates, Bozzuto, Torti Gallas and Partners.

 

EAMES ARMSTRONG & JOHN MOLETRESS: PERVERSION THERAPY

Exhibition Dates:
January 14, 2017 –  February 4, 2017

Opening Reception:
Friday, January 13, 2017 from 6-9pm (free and open to the public) 

Performance Event:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 7-9pm (free and open to the public)

Luce Foundation Center Artist Talk:
Saturday, February 4, 1:30pm (free and open to the public)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment 

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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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December 6, 2016
Contact: Patrick Landes
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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.

11.18.16

CulturalDC Spring 2017 Gallery Intern

CulturalDC is currently looking for interns to assist with gallery management and public art initiatives during the Spring semester of 2017. Flashpoint Gallery has a great lineup of local artists for the Spring and 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.

 

Responsibilities:

  • 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 application and selection process for Open Calls
  • 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

 

Requirements:

  • 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: December 23, 2016

To apply, submit a resume with three professional references and cover letter to:

hr@culturaldc.org with the subject line ATTN: Intern Search-[Gallery Intern]

11.10.16

(((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.

 

Responsibilities:

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

 

Requirements:

  • 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:

CulturalDC
Attn: Development Fellow
hr@culturaldc.org

 

 

11.03.16

(((POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED))) CulturalDC Development Fellow

CulturalDC is a non-profit organization dedicated to making space for art by creating opportunities for artistic innovation, providing affordable space for artists and arts organizations and supporting creative placemaking initiatives. The Development Fellow is part of CulturalDC’s Development team, assisting with all areas of fundraising activities. This part-time position reports to the Major Gifts Officer.

 

Responsibilities: 

Assist in the planning and execution of fundraising activities including:

  • Process donations and prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
    • Using Raiser’s Edge Database:
    • Maintain foundation, corporation and individual donor files.
    • Create monthly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
    • Continually update and correct database records.
  • Assist with mailing of spring and year-end appeal letters.
  • Assist with donor events to include invitation, maintain guest lists, gather and prepare registration materials and other duties as assigned for fund-raising events.
  • Assist with communication activities as required.
  • Assist with grant applications and reports

 

As needed:

  • Provide support to Executive Director

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in arts administration, visual arts or related field.
  • 1-3 years of experience in arts management and/or nonprofit organizations (fundraising and grant writing experience preferred)
  • Superb interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to organize and coordinate multiple tasks with attention to detail

 

Stipend: $800-$1000 per month based on experience

 

Schedule:

  • Two to three days per week
  • Some evening and weekend commitments may be required.

How to apply:

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

CulturalDC

Attn: Development Fellow

916 G Street NW | Washington, DC  20001

kristi@culturaldc.org

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