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11.05.15

Maggie Evans: HUMAN HIERARCHIES at CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery December 5, 2015 – January 9, 2016

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November 5, 2015
Contact: John Richards
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MAGGIE EVANS: HUMAN HIERARCHIES
December 5, 2015 – January 9, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, December 4 (6-8pm) 

WASHINGTON, DC – Cultural DC is pleased to present artist Maggie Evans’ exhibition Human Hierarchies from December 5, 2015 – January 9, 2016. Using the imagery of repeated, identical chairs, Evans examines how the need for a leader and the compulsion to seek safety in sameness creates social hierarchies and cultural homogenization.

The exhibit will include graphite drawings on rice paper and a site-specific installation. Both drawings and installation show hundreds of uniform chairs obsessively organized into specific arrangements. Certain chairs are placed in positions of power, transforming the remaining mass into soldiers or worshippers.

The drawings were initially conceived during an artist residency in Hangzhou, China. Evans has now translated the drawings into physical space by constructing three hundred small plastic chairs, each cast individually from molds created using a 3-D printer. Human Hierarchies at Flashpoint Gallery will be the inaugural exhibition of this installation.     

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Maggie Evans is an artist based in Savannah, Georgia. She graduated from Utah State University with a BFA in Illustration in 2003 and received an MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008. Her work has been included in over fifty juried exhibitions and earned numerous placement awards. She has been awarded several artist residencies, including a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center (2008). In 2011-12, she conducted a yearlong residency in Hangzhou, China as the recipient of a China Government Scholarship. Evans has been invited to lecture on her work at institutions including the University of Texas at Dallas and Indiana-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She currently teaches adjunct in the Department of Foundation Studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition to her work as an artist, Evans maintains a career as a jazz vocalist and bassist and performs throughout the United States and Asia. She is currently represented by J. Costello Gallery in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery, we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

CulturalDC is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, Microsoft, Washington Gas, Weissberg Foundation,  Altria, Anonymous, Busboys and Poets/Eatonville, Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Prince Charitable Trusts, Stephen Stein, VOA Associates.

Maggie Evans: Human Hierarchies 

Opening Reception:

Friday, December 4, 6-8pm (free and open to the public) 

Exhibition Dates:

December 5, 2015 – January 9, 2016
Closed week of December 21 and week of December 28 

Flashpoint Gallery Hours:

*Extended Hours* Monday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment

Image:

Blind March
Graphite pencil on rice paper
15.5 x 13”

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org

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10.27.15

CulturalDC announces the first StorefrontsDC Projects

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October 28, 2015
Contact: John Richards
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CulturalDC announces the first StorefrontsDC Projects

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WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce the 2015 StorefrontsDC projects.  StorefrontsDC is a series of temporary art installations and short-term creative projects presented by visual and performing artists and creative entrepreneurs and organizations in Washington, DC.

These projects will engage the public through art installations, public programming, retail events and other activations that showcase ideas, products or services of the creative industry and the arts and cultural sector.

StorefrontsDC aims to leverage these creative initiatives to activate vacant storefronts in Washington, DC and further enrich civic identity, increase neighborhood engagement and enhance the visual character of the city.

Funding for StorefrontsDC is provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Ron Abramson Family Foundation. Properties are generously donated by local developers and property owners, including The Menkiti Group and Douglas Development.

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CURRENT PROJECTS     

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KNOWLEDGE COMMONS POP-UP LEARNING SPACE
1613 Rhode Island Ave NE 

Knowledge Commons DC’s pop-up learning space will connect strangers through their common curiosities and passions, encouraging lively, interdisciplinary, and cross-generational learning.  KCDC will provide 40-50 classes during its residency in the Brookland area. The space, donated by The Menkiti Group, helps KCDC expand its community reach by engaging new students and neighborhoods.

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HANDS ON DRUMS
1518 Okie Street, NE 

Hands on Drums is presented by Michael Kweku Owusu and Kristen Arant with The Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project (YWDEP).  Through their Ivy City space provided by Douglas Development, Arant and Owusu will build and sell drums, teach visitors how to play, and build a community through the joy and healing of drumming.  In addition to the store itself, Hands on Drums will feature performances, classes, open-mic nights for poets and performing artists and drumming circles.

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SOUND PATTERNS / APT #37 

Presented by SHAOLIN JAZZ, Sound Patterns: Apt #37 is a space that explores the intersections of Hip-Hop, Jazz and martial arts aesthetics and culture through music, art and community engagement.  Organizers DJ 2-Tone Jones and Gerald Watson will engage aspiring and professional artists from Washington, DC and the surrounding areas to create this experience. The project will feature a bi-monthly rotation of jazz, hip-hop, and martial arts-inspired visual art and will include community events such as film screenings, vinyl record fairs, live music performances, and opening exhibitions for the galleries.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD PORTAL 

The Neighborhood Portal was designed and built by DC web developer Jim Webb.  Through a pair of large window screens in different storefronts of the Washington, DC area, pedestrians will be able to see, engage, and interact with each other.  There is no sound, but people will be able to send messages to the other “portal,” which will be displayed on the screen.  The Neighborhood Portal will bring together residents of different neighborhoods that may have never met otherwise, creating an ever-evolving experience that brings the city and its residents together.

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.

#StorefrontsDC #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322
Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org

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10.26.15

CulturalDC 2016 Intern Program

 

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CulturalDC Interns                             job announcement

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

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

Internships are Available in the Following Departments: 

Programs (Visual & Performing Arts) 

  • Assist with day-to-day administrative tasks for Flashpoint Gallery, Mead Theatre Lab Program & Source Festival
  • Assist with application and selection process for Open Calls
  • Work on special projects as needed
  • Help with exhibition and theatre openings, panel discussions and other events, as appropriate

Marketing & Communications

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

Operations/Consulting

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

Development

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

Executive Assistant

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

Requirements:

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

Commitment:

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

Compensation:

Class Credit and Transportation Stipend Available

How to apply:

Deadline for applications: November 16, 2015
To apply, submit a resume with cover letter to:
hr@culturaldc.org
CulturalDC
ATTN: Intern Search-[Include position preference]
916 G Street NW, Washington, DC  20001

 

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10.20.15

CulturalDC Announces Finalists for Source Festival’s Full-Length Plays

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October 20, 2015
Contact: John Richards
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CULTURALDC ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR SOURCE FESTIVAL’S FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce that 22 Full-Length Plays have been selected as finalists for Source Festival 2016. The scripts were vetted by a team of over 75 readers and Source Festival producers, led by Source Festival Artistic Director and CulturalDC’s Director of Artistic Programs Jenny McConnell Frederick.  The Festival seeks to develop and produce work that is innovative in its structure and content and that pushes the boundaries of traditional theatricality.

These 22 scripts, narrowed from a record-breaking submission pool of 145 plays represent some of the freshest, most compelling plays being writing in America. The three selected Full-Length scripts will be announced in December.   The Festival runs from June 8th – July 3rd 2016 and will also feature 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates.

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

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10.13.15

RED BALL THEATER: ADVENTURES (WORKSHOP PRODUCTION)

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October 12, 2015
Contact: John Richards
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MEDIA ALERT
RED BALL THEATER: ADVENTURES (WORKSHOP PRODUCTION)

WHAT:
ADVENTURES is an original work that blends 
traditional and experimental techniques of clowning, physical comedy and puppetry to create a fantastic journey for all ages.

A clown walks into a room with regular stuff….but is it regular? Out of the objects around us spring stories and adventures! This newly devised work of theater for young audiences celebrates imagination and brave thinking. ADVENTURES breaks out of the mold of children’s entertainment of princess stories and brave knights and instead creates imagined worlds with everyday objects and characters that more honestly reflect the people around us.

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

WHEN:
ONE NIGHT ONLY
: Monday, October 19, 2015 | 7PM
This Works-In-Progress production is 35 minutes long, with time afterwards for the audience to talk to the performer and see some puppets! Recommended for ages 4 to infinity. 

DETAILS:
Red Ball Theater is based in Baltimore, MD and is led by performer and puppeteer Anna Fitzgerald. ADVENTURES is performed by Anna Fitzgerald and created by Anna with the help of director Lola Pierson.
PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN (PWYC) 

ABOUT THE MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM

CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab program is an intensive mentorship program for performing artists and independent theatre companies. The program provides theatre space, technical production support and production mentoring. A panel of noted DC theatre professionals recommends projects and provides guidance to the chosen producers. The result is an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions and an environment in which emerging performing artists can grow.

The Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by Jaylee Mead. Additional support is provided by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation, The Washington Post Company and The Weissberg Foundation.

CulturalDC is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, AT&T, Microsoft, Washington Gas, Weissberg Foundation, Altria, Anonymous, Busboys and Poets/Eatonville, Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Prince Charitable Trusts, Stephen Stein, VOA Associates, and Chris & Beverly With.

CulturalDC is currently accepting proposals for Flashpoint Gallery and Mead Theatre Lab 2016-17 Seasons. Please visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook,Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects. #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 Email: john@culturaldc.org
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10.08.15

Erin Curtis: DIAMOND BLIND at CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery October 24 – November 21, 2015

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October 8, 2015
Contact: John Richards
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ERIN CURTIS: DIAMOND BLIND
October 24 – November 21, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, October 23 (6-8pm) 

WASHINGTON, DC – Cultural DC is pleased to present DC-based artist Erin Curtis’s exhibition Diamond Blind from October 24 – November 21, 2015. Curtis’s colorful, painterly exhibition will include space-specific and immersive installation work, as well as discrete paintings.

Trembling and not quite stable, Curtis’s dense and energetic paintings reveal a collision of patterns and shapes that come together to form dense surfaces that are both complex and exuberant. Created with layers of cut canvas, the work engages in a dialogue with different visual languages of abstraction from around the globe and across history and takes inspiration from hand-made textiles, body ornamentation and 20th century weavings.

With a playful hand and an aim to please the mind and the eye, Diamond Blind balances serious formalism with an indulgence in color and pattern. The work continues the tradition of abstract visual language that has existed as long as we have a record, celebrating the hand-made, marking time and pushing the tradition forward. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Erin Curtis is an artist living and working in Washington DC. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2010 and been awarded fully funded residencies at Anderson Ranch (2012) and Vermont Studio Center (2014). In 2015, she was commissioned to create the 22-foot work Diamond Landscape by the Washington Project for the Arts and participated in DCCAH’s Designed to Recycle program with a printed truck design, French Trip. She has received grants from the Dallas Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Foundation. This fall, Curtis exhibited a solo show at Big Medium Gallery (Austin, TX) and was included in School 33’s group exhibition Viscerally Yours (Baltimore, MD). She graduated from Williams College with a BA in Liberal Arts in 1999 and received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. In 2008-2009, Curtis was a Fulbright Scholar in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery, we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

CulturalDC is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, Microsoft, Washington Gas, Weissberg Foundation,  Altria, Anonymous, Busboys and Poets/Eatonville, Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Prince Charitable Trusts, Stephen Stein, VOA Associates, and Chris & Beverly With.

Erin Curtis: Diamond Blind 

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 23, 6-8pm (free and open to the public)

Exhibition Dates:
October 24 – November 21, 2015
Closed on Wednesday, November 11 (Veteran’s Day)

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

Luce Foundation Center artist talk:
Sunday, October 25 at 1:30pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Website:
http://erinelizabethcurtis.com/

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50 x 40 inches
2015

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.  #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org
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09.30.15

CulturalDC Announces National Search For New Executive Director

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September 30, 2015
Contact: John Richards
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CulturalDC Announces National Search For New Executive Director,
As Its Current Executive Director, Juanita Hardy, Departs 

CulturalDC Board Member Ava LaTanya Hilton Will Serve As Interim Executive Director;
Artistic Director Jenny McConnell Frederick Promoted To Interim Deputy Director

WASHINGTON, DC – The Board of Directors of CulturalDC today announced plans to conduct a nation-wide search for a new Executive Director to replace outgoing Executive Director Juanita Hardy.  She has decided to return to consulting after a successful three years leading this vibrant arts organization committed to providing affordable access for artists, arts organizations, and audiences while contributing to the cultural and economic vibrancy of communities.  Notable accomplishments under Hardy’s leadership include the purchase of CulturalDC’s Flashpoint location – securing a foothold in downtown DC, expanding partnerships in the artistic, academic, corporate and real estate development communities, and recognition as  “2015 Non-profit of the Year” by the DC Chamber of Commerce. “It has been a privilege to serve a dynamic organization, which I leave in the hands of a great board and phenomenal staff,” says Hardy.

The Board has selected Ava LaTanya Hilton to serve as Interim Executive Director and has promoted Director of Artistic Programs Jenny McConnell Frederick to Interim Deputy Director to ensure a smooth transition.  Frederick joined CulturalDC in 2009 and currently leads the Mead Theatre Lab Program, Flashpoint Gallery and Source Festival.

“The CulturalDC transition committee selected fellow board member Ava LaTanya Hilton to be Interim Executive Director while it conducts a nationwide search for the new Executive Director, “said Tanja Castro, CulturalDC Board Chair.  “We are quite lucky to have such an engaged board of directors with a depth of expertise, and a board member uniquely qualified to lead the organization during the transition.”

Ava LaTanya “Tanya” Hilton is sought by senior executives in both public and private sector organizations to provide counsel and insight from her more than 25 years of experience in technology and organization development. Hilton started her career with IBM and translated her technology experience using an IBM-sponsored MBA program at Harvard University into large-scale organization transformations. She led consulting practices in the non-profit, private and public sectors for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Booz Allen Hamilton.  Hilton also led the Educational Foundation for the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Hilton’s roots in the arts run deep. She was a performing artist in the United States and Europe.  Her innovative work with non-profit organizations continues through her consulting group, Hilton Advisors LLC, and her service as a member of the Goodman Theater Women’s Board, the University of Chicago’s Women’s Board, CulturalDC’s Board of Directors, and as a founding member of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation “100 Group.”

Hilton is thrilled to leverage her extensive experience to lead CulturalDC, an organization known for using art to invigorate and transform neighborhoods.  A few examples of CulturalDC’s work include the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market (Brookland NE), the Flashpoint Gallery and Mead Theatre Lab Programs for Visual and Performing Arts Programs, Source Theatre, and the Atlas Performing Arts Center (H Street Corridor).  CulturalDC provides affordable space to artists and arts organizations at two locations, Source in the Logan Circle/U Street area and Flashpoint in the Penn Quarter neighborhood downtown.  The organization also works with developers and other property owners to create art spaces in the community.

CulturalDC is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, Microsoft, Washington Gas, Weissberg Foundation, Altria, AT&T, Anonymous, Busboys and Poets/Eatonville, Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Prince Charitable Trusts, Stephen Stein, VOA Associates, and Chris & Beverly With.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.  #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org

09.22.15

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09.16.15

CULTURALDC PRESENTS CONVERGENCE THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF BHAVI THE AVENGER

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September 11, 2015
Contact: John Richards
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Washington, DC – Artistic performance collective, Convergence Theatre, is pleased to present their premiere production of Bhavi the Avenger at Cultural DC’s Mead Theatre Lab.  Performances run September 25-October 11, 2015, with a special pay-what-you-can preview on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at 8pm.

Bhavi the Avenger follows the journey of a boy haunted by a slain elephant who demands revenge for her death. Moving him between dream and substance, the elephant befriends Bhavi as he struggles to understand his unique call to action and his tenuous connection to this heritage. As Bhavi grows from a boy to a man, he wrestles with his quest and his culture, assuming a new name in the hopes that he may shift away from fantasy and move up in a world dominated by cowboys in corporate suits.  Through parable and poetic imagery, Bhavi the Avenger explores the clashes that confront the “model minority” and questions the issues that surround the embrace or denial of one’s heritage.

Bhavi the Avenger features various performance production languages from members of this new artistic collective.  Contributing Convergence Theatre artists include Tearrance Chisholm, Elena Velasco, Latia Stokes, Alex Militech, Inés Dominquez del Corral, Stephanie Tomiko, Olivia Haller, Nate Collard, Daniel Mori, Asif Majid, and Emma Heck, as well as guest artists Marquis D. Gibson, Kecia Campbell, Joshua Rosenblum, Madeline Belknap.

Bhavi the Avenger Performance Schedule
Where:  Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
When:  September 24 (Preview), 25, 26, October 1, 2, 3, 8 (Industry Night), 9, 10 at 8pm; September 27, October 4 and 11 at 3pm
Price:  General admission $15; Student/Senior $10; October 8th Industry Night $5

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ABOUT CONVERGENCE THEATRE
Convergence Theatre is a home for accomplished and developing artists who wish to bring together diverse audiences through new theatrical structures.  Convergence Theatre was founded by Elena Velasco and Tearrance Chisholm, DC-based artists who believe that theatre should encompass all means of communication.  Convergence Theatre fosters a process-oriented arts community, focused on social reflection by evolving theater’s performance language and developing works that examine widespread human struggles and unique cultural experiences.  Operating as an artistic collective, the company creates multisensory performances that invite a wide audience base, encouraging discourse and dialogue over issues of social conscience.

ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
Elena Velasco (Artistic Director) is a theater professional with over two decades experience. A member of SAG, AFTRA, and AEA, she has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Theatre Alliance, Discovery Theatre, Imagination Stage, and in several films, commercials, and TV shows. Directing and choreography credits include Source Theater, Capital Fringe Festival, Discovery Theater, Catholic University and Synetic Theater, which has also featured her play adaptations and musical compositions. Ms. Velasco has conducted residencies with such organizations as Imagination Stage, Interact Story Theater, Synetic Theater and the Smithsonian. As Director of Outreach for Educational Theatre Company, she developed over a dozen original musicals and directed their acting ensemble, Shakespeare in the Schools.  She earned an M.F.A. in Directing and B.A. in Drama, Magna cum Laude, from Catholic University.

Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm is a playwright. That title is an indelible part of his character. Theatre is the filter through which he sees and interprets the world. He explores the many facets of the African American experience, and feels that race is a double edged sword, equipped with advantages and shortcomings. Works: Burning Books (MU New Play Series), Liddy’s Samiches Potions & Baths (Arkansas Rep; Voices on the River), Vulpicide (MU New Play Series), Month of Sundays (Midwinter Madness Play Festival; NYC) and In Sweet Remembrance (Endstation Theatre Company). Tearrance has been published in interJACtions: 75 Monologues by some of America’s Finest Playwrights and Arcadia Magazine. Awards: The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Hip-Hop Creator (first place), the Lorraine Hansberry Award (second place), and Variety Magazine “Top 110 Students to Watch.” Residencies: The Virginia Center for Creative Arts and The Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Tearrance is a third year MFA Playwriting candidate at Catholic University.

ABOUT MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM
The Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by Jaylee Mead. Additional support is provided by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation, The Washington Post Company and The Weissberg Foundation.

CulturalDC is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, AT&T, Microsoft, Washington Gas, Weissberg Foundation, Altria, Anonymous, Busboys and Poets/Eatonville, Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Prince Charitable Trusts, Stephen Stein, VOA Associates, and Chris & Beverly With.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.  #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org
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09.11.15

Kyle Bauer: FAIRWAY at CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery September 19 – October 17, 2015

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September 4, 2015
Contact: John Richards
202.315.1322
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KYLE BAUER: FAIRWAY
September 19 – October 17, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, September 18 (6-8pm) 

 

Kyle Bauer_FairwayWASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Baltimore-based artist Kyle Bauer’s sculptural installation Fairway from September 19 – October 17, 2015. This entirely new body of work serves as a continuance of the artist’s studio research of signs, beacons, buoys and the navigable pathways where they exist. The mixed media sculptures establish a fairway of sorts (a “navigable area in a body or channel of water”) while responding to the architecture of the Flashpoint Gallery.

Bauer’s use of pattern, color and texture evokes a sense of playfulness that invites the viewer to explore the sculptures’ carefully plotted layout. The individual works are oriented to aid viewer as they navigate the gallery space. “My intention is to convey balance, tension, and control,” Bauer says.

The artist’s visual library, language, and material knowledge come from his history with restoration and preservation, particularly of houses and furniture.  Bauer composes his sculptures by arranging, stacking, and piling—trusting the instincts of building. By using singular objects and their imagery in repetition, he breaks down objects into their purest representational forms. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kyle Bauer moved to Baltimore after receiving his MFA from Louisiana State University in 2011. He recently completed a three-year residency at Baltimore Clayworks, and is a 2014 Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalist, a 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant Award recipient, and a finalist for the 2015 Miami University Young Sculptors Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award. He has had recent exhibitions at The Walters Art Museum, Vox Populi, Randall Scott Projects, McDaniel College, Arlington Art Center, School 33 Art Center, and Maryland Art Place. Since 2011, Bauer’s mixed media sculptures and installations have been featured in over two dozen exhibitions in the Mid-Atlantic region, most notably, an exhibition in Galway Ireland at The Shed. He was also invited to present at MAP Gallery’s THIRTY speaker series, a program that brings attention to thirty emerging Baltimore artists under the age of thirty.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM
CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery, we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

CulturalDC is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, Microsoft, Washington Gas, Weissberg Foundation,  Altria, Anonymous, Busboys and Poets/Eatonville, Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Prince Charitable Trusts, Stephen Stein, VOA Associates, and Chris & Beverly With.

Kyle Bauer: FAIRWAY
Opening Reception:                                     Fri., Sept. 18, 6-8pm (free and open to the public)
Exhibition Dates:                                          September 19 – October 17, 2015
Flashpoint Gallery Hours:                       Wed. – Sat., 12-6pm or by appointment

Luce Foundation Center artist talk:
Saturday, September 19 at 1:30pm Smithsonian American Art Museum, Third Floor

Website:                                                         www.kylejbauer.com
Image:                                                               Memphis Billboard
                                                                            slip cast porcelain, wood, paint, metal, Masonite, streamers
43″ x 16″ x 11″ (2015) 

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