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Developing An Argument Is An Ambitious, Disjointed Realization

<i>Developing An Argument</i> is an Ambitious, Disjointed Realization

Developing An Argument Is An Ambitious, Disjointed Realization


Christian Benefiel makes art that’s not meant to last. Not only does he use the natural supportive structure of his sculptures to keep them together, foregoing glue, nails, or any other  binding material, but he also deconstructs his sculptures once their exhibition life is up. In his show at the Flashpoint Gallery entitled Developing An Argument, he incorporates this momentary nature into the theme of debate, showcasing point and counterpoint in covertly meticulous woodwork.

Benefiel’s main idea is the contrast between balance and tension, a central concept within argumentation. His three sculptures on display at Flashpoint exemplify this contrast, with each piece balancing on and against itself. The first piece, titled “On the Outside, Looking in, To a hole,” is large, wooden, and wheel-shaped, with shards jutting out in all angles, but which holds a solid and sure form. The hole in the center of the piece is like a hole in an argument; the piece is not a strong debate, but instead a circular argument.

The piece is definitely more conceptual than intricate. It doesn’t feel as if there is any sort of purpose to where the shards of wood are going or where they are placed except to find balance in the piece itself. Yes, this is artistic and meaningful within itself, but it does leave more to be desired from the sculpture.

The last piece in the gallery, “A way through or around” is a long tube-like object with wooden shards jutting out of all sides, similar to the first sculpture. However, this one is different in that it is the only piece that includes color. By creating an ombre effect with blue and pink hues, the artist said he is showing gradation and movement rather than representing a larger metaphor. This work is definitely his strongest, with its subtle curvature contrasted by the chaos of the wooden shards. The sculpture feels both tough and fragile since it is only connected to itself, alluding to more than its physical form in the way it emphasizes the constructive process of sculpting.

“I look at my work as being in a frozen state of collapse; it’s not to be preserved,” Benefiel said at an artists talk on March 26. “It’s a very egotistical thing to say ‘this art is meant to outlast me.’”

The construction and concept of his work is tremendous. There is an intense intricacy to what Benefiel does, and his background in metallurgy and woodworking shows through his impeccable designs. Though his sculptures are abstract, there is a definitive meaning and assemblance to it all. Furthermore, using the theme of argumentation to inspire physical entities is especially encapsulating. Benefiel’s sculptures force the viewer to think about their own style of debate, and whether or not their ideas flow or sharply emerge, mirrored in the structure of the pieces.

However, Benefiel denied that his exhibit at the Flashpoint is a collection. He explained that there is more to the theme than just those three pieces, explaining the feeling that something is lacking from the works on display. While they are individually thought-provoking, they are not as cohesive as one would hope. And while the wheel and the tube-shaped works have a definite connection, the middle piece, a grounded sculpture that lacks the same striking, jutting angles of the other two, feels amiss along the much larger eye-level pieces.

Developing An Argument is definitely a masterwork in meaning. The simultaneously obvious and unconscious message of debate is incredibly thought-provoking, ambitious, and deliberate. Though it lacks in cohesion, the pieces mean more individually than they would as a group. Overall, Benefiel proves himself to be a powerful force in the DMV art scene and a strong addition to the Flashpoint.

Image Credits: Photo source: Courtesy of CulturalDC and Tony Hitchcock Photography

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Space4 is an initiative that will bring the arts closer to every corner of DC. In expanding upon the mission of CulturalDC – to make space for art – we will transform and activate spaces across the District to create new areas for performing and visual arts. Space4 is an evolution of our critically acclaimed Mead Theatre Lab and Flashpoint Gallery programs that will bring fresh, groundbreaking visual and performing arts events to neighborhoods throughout the nation’s capital.

Now is your chance to get involved! CulturalDC is proud to announce an open call for visual and performing artists for Space4. We are looking for exciting artists that will bring spaces all across DC to life like never before. Are you pushing the boundaries of your art form? Are you excited to get your art involved in local communities? If your answer is yes to both of these questions, then this opportunity is for you! 

In Space4: Performing Art – the performing art component of Space4 – CulturalDC will continue its strong history of presenting cutting edge performance events. This program offers up to 12 weeks of rent-free space in locations across Washington, DC along with mentorship and marketing support for artists or arts organizations who wish to produce or develop* their own work during the 2017-18 Season. Venues for the 2017-18 Season include Blind Whino, Dupont Underground and Source Rehearsal Hall, with additional venues to come. Projects selected for 17-18 Season will be paired with venues based on production needs and schedule preference.

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In Space4: Art – the visual arts programming component of Space4 – CulturalDC will continue its strong history of presenting cutting edge artwork and artists through a mobile container gallery. Space4: Art allows artists to transform a fully-outfitted 40ft container into an immersive environment. The container will move across the city for the 2017-2018 season, with a new exhibit in every neighborhood it visits.

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Source Festival 10th Anniversary


WASHINGTON, DC – What does CulturalDC’s Source Festival, which has developed and produced over 250 new plays, employed over 1,100 artists from around the country, and hosted over 16,000 audience members do to celebrate its tenth anniversary? Showcase some its best work, of course! This year, we are proud to be producing a revival of the award-winning PERFECT ARRANGEMENT by Topher Payne, which premiered at Source Festival in 2013, and six “BEST-OF” 10-Minute Plays as this year’s headliners. From June 9th to July 2nd, 2017, the Festival will also present three Full-Length Play Readings, six NEW 10-Minute Plays and two Artistic Blind Dates.

Helmed by Artistic Director Jenny McConnell Frederick, Source Festival continues to grow its reputation as a premiere launching pad for new work and a proving ground for DC’s emerging theatre artists. The 2017 Festival includes:


PERFECT ARRANGEMENT debuted at Source Festival 2013 and has received the 2014 Osborn Award from the American Theatre Critics Association, an off-Broadway production at Primary Stages, and has been nominated for the 2017 Lambda Literary Awards’ Best LGBTQ Drama category. The script was published by Samuel French in 2016.

PERFECT ARRANGEMENT by Topher Payne, directed by Nick Martin
In a Georgetown duplex in 1950, Bob and Millie live next door to Norma and Jim, in what appears to be a perfect arrangement. The twist is that all four are gay and have cultivated fake identities outside of their homes in order to live truthfully inside. The cultural shift of the 1950s brings about a moment of change when their carefully crafted falsehood is thrown into chaos. Topher Payne’s Play (based on the historical events of The Lavender Scare) explores this shifting landscape with humor, energy, farce and surprising honesty.

During the 2017 Festival, producers will collaborate with directors, playwrights and dramaturgs to host 3-day development workshops and public readings of three new Full-Length Plays selected from more than 140 submissions from across the country. Plays in development include:

by Matthew Capodicasa, (Woodward Newman Drama Award Winner)
Directed by Rachael Murray
Two lonely puppeteers meet inside of a monstrous two-person puppet on a film set, and must find a way to connect and bring the character to life over four days of shooting.

by Reina Hardy, (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival TYA Prize Winner)
Directed by Megan Behm
Annie Jump is a teenage science genius living in a small town who meets an intergalactic supercomputer, here to help Annie take humanity from the earth to the stars.

F*ck la vie d’artiste
by Georgette Kelly, (Chicago Writers WorkSpace)
Directed by Lila Rachel Becker
Zenab is a young artist, haunted by the ghost of Vincent van Gogh, who sets out to paint the 2005 race riots in Paris despite her lover’s protests.


Source Festival will produce twelve 10-Minute Plays. Six new plays, chosen from 400 submissions will be performed in repertory with six revivals of some of the best 10-Minute Plays debuted over the last decade. Together, they serve as a sampler of some of the sharpest, wittiest, most incisive, and thought-provoking writing going on in America today.


by Lori Fischer
Directed by Rebecca Wahls
A woman (discouraged by recent events) sprains her ankle as she waits for the bus and is helped out by a potential love interest.

by Chelsea Marcantel
Directed by Jacob Young
Six people grapple with taking chances and making changes while riding a roller coaster.

by Ed Cardona, Jr.
Directed by Jacob Young
Two teammates confront the future existence of their romantic relationship beyond the football field.

by Mark Saunders
Directed by Rebecca Wahls
A conspiracy theorist and her daughter wait for the arrival of the woman’s son, a wounded army veteran, who brings home a surprise.

by Jared Strange
Directed by Connor Hogan
The Emperor is determined to face an insurrection au naturale, and it’s up to his wife and adviser to get him under control before he ruins everything.

by John Bavoso
Directed by Connor Hogan
Two strangers. One crowded Metro car. A gallon of milk. What could go wrong?

“BEST-OF…”: Six 10-Minute Plays from the Last Decade

by Gregory Hischak
Directed by Julia Hurley
Artists living under tables. A meal delivery gone wrong. Gentrification to the extreme.

by Patrick Flynn
Directed by [Director TBA]
Kevin and Karen are vexed by their child and their parents through their baby monitor as they try to teach their infant daughter to soothe herself.

by Gabriel Jason Dean
Directed by [Director TBA]
When two forces of nature collide, who will be left standing?

by Laura Jacqmin
Directed by Adin Walker
Dad may have more in common with the forest than anyone realized.

by Stephen Lewis
Directed by Adin Walker
Two lonely souls find deceit, Mongolian barbecue, and ballet on an online dating site.

by Alex Dremann
Directed by Julia Hurley
On the cusp of discovering the key to time travel, Jake and Dagney are confronted with their future selves.


The Artistic Blind Dates program brings together seven artists of varying disciplines to create two dynamic, new interdisciplinary works, presented in the intimate Source Rehearsal Room. The 2017 ABD teams include, among others, a film artist, a Hip-Hop artist, and two movement artists. Audiences get an up-close look at the creative process as the Artistic Blind Date teams present their work. Audiences will engage in discussions about the artists’ creative process following each presentation.

Created and performed by Meredith Barnes, Mark Platenberg, and Chelsea Thaler
Through movement, music, and innovative storytelling, three interdisciplinary artists use action and reveries to investigate human revelation, and what it means to stand at the precipice of a shift in one’s own point of view.

Created and performed by Kylos Brannon, Jennifer Clements, Tracey Erbacher, and Dwayne Winslow
When the smallest morsels of life inspire endless space for transformation, no object or experience can be considered mundane. Through a journey of words, music, and images, audiences and artists come together for a responsive performance event that looks beyond the surface and into the unseen. Dive in as we explore tensions between the known and the unknown, our willingness to be transformed, and the messy, powerful, resonant layers of meaning too often overlooked.


Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, Source Festival brings together artists from across the nation to present new works—Full-Length Plays,10-Minute Plays and Artistic Blind Dates—over three weeks in June. The relationships built here lay the path for the next generation of outstanding performing artists.

Now in its 10th year, Source Festival has built a reputation as a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for rising talents and established artists, directors and designers. Emily Schwend’s play SPLINTERS, which premiered at the 2010 Source Festival, was selected as one of six finalists for the American Theatre Critic Association’s 2011 Steinberg Award. Topher Payne’s PERFECT ARRANGEMENT (Source Festival 2013) won 2013 Steinberg Award and was recently produced offBroadway at Primary Stages. COLLAPSING SILENCE, an Artistic Blind Date that debuted at the 2011 Festival, inspired the launch of Washington’s interdisciplinary arts organization Force/Collision. Nathan Alan Davis’ DONTRELL WHO KISSED THE SEA and Steve Yockey’s THE THRUSH & THE WOODPECKER, both produced as Source Festival 2014, have gone to the National New Play Neworks’ Rolling World Premiere Program. Davis also won a Steinberg Citation from the American Critic Theatre Association for DONTRELL.

Source Festival is produced by Artistic Director Jenny McConnell Frederick, Associate Producer Lee Cromwell and Assistant Producers Sharon King, James Rogers, and Patrick Gallagher Landes

Major support for Source Festival, a CulturalDC project, is generously provided 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.


CulturalDC’s 19-year history demonstrates a commitment to creating space for artists. Whether by providing subsidized studio or live-work housing (Brookland Artist Lofts, Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market) or free/subsidized performance space in our theaters, gallery and performance spaces, or by working with the city and developers to preserve arts spaces under threat (Source, Atlas). CulturalDC remains committed to its mission of supporting artists, and arts organizations. “We make space for art.”

Follow CulturalDC @Cultural_DC and Source Festival @SourceFestDC on social media for updates!

SOURCE FESTIVAL is presented by CulturalDC
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CulturalDC Summer 2017 Gallery Intern

CulturalDC is currently looking for interns to assist with gallery management and public art initiatives during the Summer of 2017. This summer will mark Flashpoint Gallery’s final season and the launch of Space4: Art – CulturalDC’s new visual arts program. 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.



  • 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 the development and planning of Space4:Art’s inaugural season
  • 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 


  • 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: April 28, 2017

To apply, submit a resume with three professional references and cover letter to: with the subject line ATTN: Intern Search-[Gallery Intern]

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Want to get inside the art world? We offer a range of rewarding volunteer opportunities, good for us — good for you, too! Gallery support, special events, fundraising, communications and ushering are just a few of the possibilities that can be tailored to your time and talent. Volunteering at CulturalDC is a chance to broaden your network, meet great people and be part of the team.

Upcoming events include:
Source Festival Preview Kick Off Party at Source April 12, 2017
Opening for Blair Murphy showing Footprint in the Flashpoint Gallery April 14, 2017
VisionDC at Arena Stage April 24, 2017
Opening for Khanh Le showing Making Memories as We Wait in the Flashpoint Gallery May 12, 2017
Opening for Sioux Falls in the Mead Theater Lab May 19, 2017
Source Festival at Source June 9-July 2, 2017

If you are interested in volunteering, please help us find a good match for your skills and interests by completing a volunteer info form. For more information, contact


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 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 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:

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

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April 15 – May 6, 2017
Reception: Friday, April 21 from 6-8pm

WASINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Footprint aka the Lansburgh’s Notebook from April 15 through May 6 at Flashpoint Gallery. The exhibition, curated by Blair Murphy, brings together photographs and other documentation to celebrate past arts spaces in downtown Washington, DC.

“Downtown is home to many artists and small arts groups, which can expect to be displaced if the area succumbs to the soul-less sterility embodied in K Street-style development. Our proposal is an attempt to spark discussion of Metrocenter development by all parties concerned, before the demolition and construction begin.”

– Richard Ridley, John Reyner, and Patrick Carey

“Paper Building,” Art Ink, Spring 1979, Published by the Museum of Temporary Art.

Footprint aka the Lansburgh’s Notebook explores the history of arts spaces in downtown DC, from the underrecognized legacy of the Museum of Temporary Art, led by Janet Schmuckal from 1974 until 1982, to the long legacy of Miya Gallery, an arts space dedicated to black art and culture run by Vernard Gray in several locations in downtown DC between 1976 and 2001. Over the last several decades, downtown DC has been home to dozens of galleries, non-profit organizations, dance companies, small theater spaces, and artist studio buildings. Nearly all of these spaces are now gone; many are also nearly forgotten. The exhibition’s title refers to The Lansburgh’s Notebook­­ ­– a trove of meeting notes, letters, contact lists, and other ephemera that document efforts to transform several floors of the Lansburgh Building into a central location for dozens of arts groups from across the city. The notebook was organized by Janet Schmuckal and can be found in the papers of the Museum of Temporary Art, contained in the Archives of American Art.

The history of arts spaces downtown is intertwined with the history of DC’s development, especially efforts by the DC Redevelopment Land Agency and the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation to redevelop large swaths of downtown DC. Smaller arts organizations benefited temporarily, gaining access to empty space at a low cost. However, as development efforts moved forward throughout the 1980s and 1990s, these small groups lost their spaces and relocated to other parts of the city, or shut down entirely. Footprint aka the Lansburgh’s Notebook begins to archive and document this history, with a focus on the physical locations occupied by artists and arts organizations in the downtown core from the early 1970s to the present day.

Image: Organizers and potential tenants of the Washington Humanities and Arts Center outside the Lansburgh Building at 7th and E streets NW, 1979. Photograph copyright Karen Ruckman.


Blair Murphy is an independent curator and cultural worker based in Washington, DC and the Managing Director of DC Arts Center. She was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program from 2014 to 2015. Her past curatorial projects include exhibitions at The Kitchen (New York, NY), Field Projects (New York, NY), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Washington Project for the Arts (Washington, DC), VisArts Rockville (Rockville, MD), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and SPRING/BREAK Art Show (New York, NY). She has written for Hyperallergic, BmoreArt, and Daily Serving, among other outlets. She holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MA from Georgetown University.


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.



Exhibition Dates:
April 15, 2017 –  May 6, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017 from 6-8pm (free and open to the public)

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

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


CulturalDC is hiring a Development Associate

Development Associate                                                     Job Announcement     

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

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

The Development Associate will:

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


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

Board Support and Advocacy

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

Leadership and General Management

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

Preparation and Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in foundation, government and or corporate fundraising desired.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of development experience that includes grant and proposal writing experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Raiser’s Edge Database management experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Salary: Commensurate with experience

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



CulturalDC is Hiring a Communications Manager

Communications Manager                                                          Job Announcement

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

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



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


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


Salary: Commensurate with experience

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





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 Discount early bird tickets, ranging from $15 to $45, will be sold until March 24.