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Q&A with Cindy Cheng

Visual Artist Cindy Cheng’s show  The Hero and The Villain opens at Flashpoint Gallery on February 21, 2014 and will feature a series of dynamic drawings, object arrangements and constructions that activate the wall, floor and surrounding space. Find out more about Cindy in our latest artist Q&A!

Who is your favorite living artist? Why?
I love Sarah Sze, Phoebe Washburn and Jessica Stockholder for a lot of reasons both visual, conceptual and in terms of approach – all of which become apparent when you look at my work. But my all time favorite is Andrea Dezso – she has no qualms about pursuing whatever ideas interest her and is totally unselfconscious about her love and connection to craft, folk art, narrative and fantasy. I really admire artists who don’t care about convention and cutting edge fads but just pursue what they love.

Who is your favorite deceased artist. Why?
Louise Bourgeois for so many reasons, but she is a pillar of bad-ass. She worked until the very end of her 98 years – and don’t we all hope to have that kind of fortitude?

What kind of soundtrack motivates you or inspires your work?
I’m somewhat tone-deaf so I don’t listen to music very much, but when I’m in the studio I always play a podcast – Radio Lab, This American Life, New Yorker Fiction, Freakanomics, On the Media and the Moth are all favorites.

How did you begin your work as an artist?
My Drawing I/II teacher in college, Carleen Sheehan, was amazing and inspiring and she really got me going with making work.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
A medieval manuscript conservator or deep-sea marine biologist and explorer.



Due to the snow storm, Flashpoint Gallery will be CLOSED today, February 13, 2014. Check back here for more updates!

Baye & Afrika

Q&A with Baye Harrell

Baye & Afrika

Baye unveils his work-in-progress, How the B-Side Won, on February 10. Find out more about him below!

Who is your favorite living artist?
One artist who has consistently inspired me is Stevie Wonder. Everyone says Stevie, but the diversity of his musical ear and the beauty of his social vision nurtured me as a person. The album “Stevie Wonder’s Journey through The Secret Life of Plants” changed my life, artistically and spiritually.

What kind of soundtrack motivates you or inspires your work?
If I’m not in a silent mood, I can appreciate anything that evokes emotion from me; I used to DJ so my taste is all over the place. Years ago, there was radio station called WGAY 99.5FM which played easy listening music: The Carpenters, Simon and Garfunkle, Dionne Warwick and the like. Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, Nas or Bob James also does the trick. I also get inspired by some newer artists like Kendrick Lamar. Oh, and did I mention Stevie Wonder yet?

How did you begin your work as an artist?
I watched my family and the creativity of my mother, father and sisters. I unified with some brothers in my hip hop generation and we began to collectively create and inspire one another. We wrote a bunch of songs and drew a stack of pictures in the 1st grade. Then a teacher put us on stage, and I haven’t gotten off of it since.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Probably a heavy consumer and a mega-shopper. I wouldn’t be me.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve found yourself doing for your art?
Before the release of Hueman Prophets’ first CD, my producing partner Jabari Exum and I had taken on a street promotion campaign. Fliers and posters were plastered all around the city. We had agreed to appear on our boy’s radio show. On the evening of the program we discovered we had no car to get to the station, but we did have one bike between the two of us. We made it to the interview riding that bike together, taking turns peddling and standing on back, our locks blowing in the wind behind us. I recall someone on the streets of northwest DC pointing and saying “that’s them dudes from the flier!” We were ridiculous, but dedicated.

What is your favorite piece/project you have worked on?
I particularly enjoyed the children’s play “Zomo the Rabbit” at Imagination Stage in 2009. Every day I woke up just vibrating with purpose. The cast has since become like an extended family to me and we always look for excuses to reconnect. And look, we’ve done it again with this show! (Thanks Psalm and Paige)

Thembi Duncan

Q&A with Thembi Duncan

Playwright Thembi Duncan will reveal her Work-In-Progress, WTF Happened to Baby Sister? on February 3, 2014. Find out more about Thembi in our latest Artist Q&A.

Thembi DuncanWho is your favorite living artist? 
Kehinde Wiley is by far my favorite living artist. He paints huge, vibrantly-colored portraits of black and brown people in front of classical European backgrounds, placing them in classical poses with contemporary dress. The scale and detail of his work are visually arresting, and the cultural, gender-related and racial juxtapositions are provocative and inspiring. He constantly makes bold statements about the ownership and expression of identity, and that strikes a chord with me because I am often exploring various constructions of identity in my work.

Who is your favorite deceased artist? Why?
June Jordan, the poet, is my favorite deceased artist because I discovered her work when I was at a crossroads of yes, you guessed it – identity, in my life. Her poetry is so visceral and unforgiving… there are no dark corners to hide in, so self-delusion dissipates. As I ravenously experienced her work, her truths became my truths and I found myself falling in love with her every phrase. Her accounting of her own journey provided me inspiration for my own artistic and personal quests.

What kind of soundtrack motivates you or inspires your work?
The music that inspires my work is from of the time period and/or cultural setting of whatever project I’m currently working on.

How did you begin your work as an artist?
One day I decided that if there was a play that I wanted to see, then I’d better write it.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Definitely a courtroom attorney. A prosecutor or a public defender — I’ve always vacillated between which one I preferred.

What role do you see art fulfilling in the greater community?
Experiencing and executing art helps us process and communicate about complex ideas and themes. Art exposes us to multiple perspectives and gives us various access points to see, hear, smell, touch and taste the world around us.

What work are you most proud of?
My teenage daughter Nadia, who is now an artist in her own right.


CulturalDC and George Mason University Announce Partnership at Flashpoint Gallery



WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC and George Mason University’s School of Art and Arts Management program are pleased to announce a mutually enriching collaboration that will bring more academic rigor to CulturalDC’s Visual Arts Program and provide real world experience in arts management for GMU Fellows (selected GMU Master degree Candidates).

CulturalDC’s Visual Arts Program, designed to bolster the careers of emerging contemporary artists by providing presenting, mentoring and other professional development opportunities, will be the platform for this artistic exchange. The combination of deep arts management experience informed by academic prowess offers exciting new possibilities for participating artists, GMU Fellows and associated art professionals. The collaboration encompasses CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Exhibition Program (six exhibitions from January – September 6, 2014) and its 2014-2015 Artist Exhibition Selection Process.

CulturalDC Executive Director Juanita Hardy and GMU School of Arts Director Peter Winant conceived of this partnership, which offers promising benefits to both organizations. “Partnerships and collaborations are a strategic priority for us and we are very excited to partner with the GMU School of Art,” said Hardy. “In addition to participating visual artists and CulturalDC’s artistic team, the collaboration combines distinguished curators and collectors from our Visual Art Advisory Panel and GMU graduate students, professors and researchers into a delicious creative stew.” Hardy envisions innovative new approaches to exhibition curation, programming and audience engagement.

GMU Fellows will work closely with the CulturalDC artistic team to execute six exhibitions at Flashpoint Gallery in the 2014 Season. GMU Fellows will also engage with CulturalDC’s Visual Art Advisory Panel to select exhibitions for the 2014-15 Flashpoint Season, enabling exchange with some of the most dynamic visual art leaders in the nation’s capital including panelists: Hasan Elahi, Artist and Associate Professor of Art, University of Maryland; Melissa Ho, Assistant Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Laura Roulet, Independent Curator; Schwanda Rountree, Independent Curator and Collector, Rountree Art Consulting; Luis Silva, Artist and Associate Professor, American University; and Vesela Sretenovic, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Phillips Collection.

“Students will get to practice at CulturalDC what we preach in the classroom,” said Winant. “Our Fellows will be able to apply best practices in arts management and groundbreaking research while gaining new skills and experience that will better prepare them as art leaders of the future. They will also explore their creative sensibilities in ways that we expect will enrich and expand CulturalDC’s Visual Arts Program. It’s a win-win.”

The program leadership team includes CulturalDC’s Director of Artistic Programs Jenny McConnell Frederick and GMU Professors Nikki Brugnoli-Whipkey, Helen Frederick, Claire Huschle and Donald Russell. The 2014 collaboration will serve as a pilot program for what both organizations hope to be a deeper partnership in coming seasons.

CulturalDC purchased Flashpoint in June 2013, allowing the organization to secure a permanent foothold. The purchase ensures that emerging contemporary artists and small art organizations will have access to affordable space in Downtown Washington and that audiences will continue to be served there with affordable high quality theatre, art exhibitions, and other cultural programs.

CulturalDC makes space for art by creating opportunities for artists and arts organizations that foster economic development and enhance quality of life in Washington Area communities. CulturalDC is generously supported by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Graham Holdings Company, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners. Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2013-14 Wine Partner.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is CulturalDC undertaking a partnership with George Mason University?
Partnerships and collaborations that build on the collective strengths of the respective organizations is a strategic priority for CulturalDC. In June 2013, the CulturalDC board approved a strategic plan, which included partnerships and collaborations as a core value of the organization.

Flashpoint Gallery exhibits cutting-edge and experimental contemporary art and provides a springboard for emerging visual artists. Since opening in 2003, Flashpoint has exhibited the work of over 100 visual artists. Flashpoint Gallery encourages artists to take creative risks and explore new ideas in an environment free from commercial expectations.

Jenny McConnell Frederick, formerly CulturalDC’s Director of Performing Arts, has assumed the role of Director of Artistic Programs. Frederick is a theatre director and producer with more than 17 years experience working with professional artists in a variety of disciplines. Combining CulturalDC’s Visual and Performing Arts Departments under one leader provides a unique opportunity for artists to cross traditional barriers between disciplines and to benefit from a variety of partnerships and perspectives they might not otherwise encounter. Frederick’s team will consist of a mix of professionals with backgrounds in the visual and performing arts.

GMU’s School of Art and Arts Management program have excellent academic and personnel resources that align well with the attributes we seek in a University Partner: a highly skilled academic team of practicing artists and experienced arts administrators and researchers; Navigation Press, a state-of-the-art laboratory enabling innovation in printmaking, and Provisions Library, a resource for catalyzing art projects about social change. This partnership supports our commitment to create opportunities for artistic innovation by combining GMUs deep academic resources with CulturalDC’s 15-year history and extensive experience nurturing and enabling emerging contemporary artists both locally and nationally.

What does each respective organization expect to gain from this partnership?
CulturalDC and GMU are excited for the opportunity to work together to provide exciting hands-on professional development opportunities to the next generation of arts leaders . GMU Fellows will have the chance to learn the inner workings of a nonprofit gallery – from issuing a call to artists to exhibition installation, and from marketing an exhibition to closing a sale. Fellows will shadow Flashpoint Gallery’s Advisory Panel of prestigious visual arts leaders and observe the exhibition selection process, as well as support CulturalDC’s professional staff to implement the visual arts program.

Will CulturalDC continue its Visual Arts Program (exhibition and selection of emerging contemporary artists) in the future?
CulturalDC will continue its role as a leader in supporting emerging contemporary artists. An open call for artists and a distinguished advisory panel will continue to be the foundation of CulturalDC’s selection process. The panel, comprised of a rotating group of some of Washington’s most dynamic visual arts leaders, will continue to provide guidance and perspective during the selection process and later by serving as mentors to individual artists. The panelists for the current season are: Hasan Elahi, Artist and Associate Professor of Art, University of Maryland; Melissa Ho, Assistant Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Laura Roulet, Independent Curator; Schwanda Rountree, Independent Curator and Collector, Rountree Art Consulting; Luis Silva, Artist and Associate Professor, American University; and Vesela Sretenovic, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Phillips Collection.

How or will CulturalDC’s Visual Arts Program change as a result of this announcement?
It is our hope that a partnership with GMU will yield a fresh new perspective for CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery. GMU’s visual art and arts management graduate students will have the opportunity to gain real world experience and explore their ideas, while networking with industry leaders. CulturalDC’s reputation as the source of groundbreaking innovations will continue and expand.

What are the plans of the partnership after this exhibition season?
We see this as the beginning of a long and satisfying marriage. As we envision this long-term strategic partnership, our signature Flashpoint Gallery Program will continue and be bolstered by our partnership with GMU. At the same time, we will make space for fresh innovations in visual arts via exhibitions and programs that we will conceive and deliver together with GMU. The details of this long-term partnership will be shaped by our work together during this first phase, the current Flashpoint exhibition season, which continues through August 2014. We look forward to sharing exciting details over the coming months.

Is CulturalDC planning other partnerships?
Absolutely. CulturalDC is exploring strategic partnerships with other arts organizations whose work complements our mission and enables us to make even more space for art and serve even more artists and art organizations, as well as audience members in the DC region. CulturalDC purchased Flashpoint in June 2013, and will launch a campaign to renovate the space in order to maximize arts uses and cultivate sustainable strategic partnerships. Look for more details as our expanding partnerships unfold!

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Q&A with Lindsay Pichaske

Lindsay Pichaske’s show Everything That Rises opens at Flashpoint Gallery on January 17 and will feature a suspended animal frame made with strands of knotted human hair. In our latest artist Q&A Lindsay dishes about Michael Jackson, collecting road kill and a sequined Neanderthal head. Read below to find out more!

Lindsay Pichaske (1)Who is your favorite living artist? Why?
At the moment it’s probably Ron Mueck. His hyper-real figures are not only exquisitely made, but also draw out incredible emotional response and connection.

Who is your favorite deceased artist? Why?
Eva Hesse. I fell in love with her work in as an undergraduate student. She has a way of using materials that really resonates with me. I find her rope pieces particularly fascinating because they are visceral and fleshy and really transform the space they were in, yet they are very simplistic.

What kind of soundtrack motivates you or inspires your work?
When I am in the beginning stages of creating, something emotive and melancholic. When I just need to get to work and not think or reflect, something upbeat, like Michael Jackson! I always love podcasts, and my favorites are Radiolab and This American Life.

How did you begin your work as an artist?
I studied abroad in Florence, Italy as an undergrad. In my art courses, we would go to the Duomo and sculpt from the figures on its façade, as well as to a museum called La Specola, a medical museum which houses the Medici wax cadaver collection. I took figure sculpting and figure drawing and fell in love with the figure as a means of expression and evoking empathy.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
A zoologist.

What role do you see art fulfilling in the greater community?
Seeing art I love is a sublime experience. To see something totally new, or think about something in a different way than you would have perhaps otherwise, is a pretty remarkable and valuable experience.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve found yourself doing for your art?
Collecting road kill.

What is your favorite piece/project you have worked on?
The Sequin Head (a large Neanderthal head covered in sequins).


Lindsay Pichaske: Everything That Rises


January 17 – February 15, 2014 at FLASHPOINT GALLERY
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 17, 6-8pm

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce Everything That Rises, a solo exhibition of installation and drawings at Flashpoint Gallery by DC-based sculptor Lindsay Pichaske. As a ceramic and mixed-media sculptor, Pichaske investigates the space between seemingly dualistic states of existence. Her installations, drawings and sculptures present creatures that are at once human and animal, familiar and alien, beautiful and grotesque, alive and dead.

In Everything That Rises, Pichaske will explore these overlapping worlds through two- and three-dimensional drawings made with hair. In her hair embroidery drawings, the artist uses human hair tied to muslin fabric to act as contour lines that depict various animals. The result is a grotesque yet elegant interplay of human and animal worlds. In the main gallery space, Pichaske will create a site-specific drawing installation that will transform the gallery into a giant web. Within an intricate network of strings attached to walls, ceiling and floor, she will articulate an abstracted skeletal animal drawn with human hair. The viewer will be able to enter into this web and interact with the creature inside.

The artist uses hair as a vital material in her work. She is attracted to the idea that hair separated from the body remains unchanged. She explains, “by neither growing or rotting, hair stays in a permanent in-between state, unaffected by time”. The ephemeral nature of Pichaske’s animal bodies drawn with hair examines this in-between state and blurs the lines between life and death.

Lindsay is a DC-based ceramic sculptor and mixed media installation artist. She received her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010. Lindsay moved to the area in fall of 2012, after a year-long artist residency at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramics in Helena, MT, where she was the Taunt Fellow. This past year, Lindsay is the recipient of the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Emerging Artist Award. She has exhibited her work nationally, and is represented by Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis, and Foster/White Gallery in Seattle, WA. This is her first exhibition of site-specific work in the DC area.

CulturalDC makes space for art. Each year CulturalDC serves over 1,000 artists and arts groups and 30,000 audience members through the activation of art space and presentation of contemporary visual and performing arts at our two spaces, Flashpoint and Source, and in nontraditional venues across the city. Through our programs and services we work with artists, arts organizations and real estate developers to build the creative infrastructure that fuels the arts and builds community in Washington, DC.

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 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.

Flashpoint Gallery is generously supported by Natalie and Paul Abrams and by DESHO Productions and The Washington Post Company.Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2013-14 Wine Partner.

Funding for CulturalDC is generously provided by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Graham Holdings Company, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners.  Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2013-14 Wine Partner.

Flashpoint is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

Lindsay Pichaske: Everything That Rises
Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: January 17 – February 15, 2014
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
For more information: Call 202.315.1310 or visit

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CulturalDC Announces Full-Length Play Lineup and Open Call for 10-Minute Plays



WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce the Source Festival 2014 Full-Length Play Line-up and Open-Call for 10-Minute Play Submissions.  The Festival, a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for Washington, DC’s theatre artists, runs from June 6-29, 2014.

The 2014 Source Festival will include A Bid to Save The World by Erin Bregman (multi-year finalist Princess Grace Award), Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea  by Nathan Alan Davis (2012/13 Lorraine Hansberry Award Winner) and The Thrush & The Woodpecker by Steve Yockey (Marin Theatre National New Play Network Resident.) In addition, the Festival will produce 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates.

For the first time this year, playwrights will be invited to submit 10-Minute scripts specifically related to one of the major themes in the selected full-length plays. The 2014 themes are:

  • Mortality/Immortality: Seeking plays that address living forever or examine death from a fresh perspective.
  • Revenge: Seeking plays that address the need for retribution, large or small, comic or serious
  • Quests: Seeking plays that address the compelling pull to go on a journey to accomplish a specific task.

The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2014.  The eighteen 10-Minute plays chosen for production will be announced in March 2014.  For submission instructions and eligibility guidelines, please visit our website.


(For playwright bios & headshots visit our website.  To see the list of 25 Finalists click here.)

A Bid to Save the World, by Erin Bregman
A Bid to Save the World is a dystopian epic, where several stories intermingle in a world without death. A pair of students study how it used to happen, one woman longs for a beloved brother, and a song of great sorrow and beauty is sung and sung again by a singer out of place and time. Death peels oranges that whittle away her thumbs, bargaining and bartering with the lost and bereaved. A rich man seeks to buy world peace. Librarians stack cards recording death. And while we watch the normality of their immortality, we may find ourselves asking, ‘what is living without death?’

Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea, by Nathan Alan Davis
Eighteen-year-old Dontrell Jones the Third decides that it is his duty and destiny to venture into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage. But his family is not at all ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past. Blending poetry, humor, wordplay and ritual, Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea is a present-day hero’s quest exploring the lengths and depths we must go to redeem history’s wrongs.

The Thrush & the Woodpecker, by Steve Yockey
In this modern take on a classic revenge play, Brenda Hendricks has her hands full dealing with her son Noah after he is expelled from a prestigious college and unexpectedly returns to their isolated Northern California home. When an elegant and mysterious woman arrives on their doorstep dragging along buried secrets and stories about mysterious birds, Brenda and Noah find their world turned upside down in ways both intimate and epic.

Source Festival combines the forces of rising talents with established artists. Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, artists from across the nation present 25 new works—three Full-Length Plays, 18 10-Minute Plays and three 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 7th year, Source Festival has built a reputation as a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for the city’s 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. Collapsing Silence, an Artistic Blind Date that debuted at the 2011 Festival, inspired the launch of Washington’s new interdisciplinary arts organization Force/Collision. In 2011, the Festival deepened its engagement with playwrights by inaugurating a script development weekend. The annual three-day workshop unites playwrights, dramaturges, actors and designers to further develop the three full-length plays featured each summer. In 2012, Source Festival launched a mentorship program wherein seasoned directors mentor early and mid-career 10-Minute Play directors. The 2013 Festival pioneered an undergraduate internship program for aspiring designers and producers.

Support for Source Festival, a CulturalDC project, is generously provided by Jon & NoraLee Sedmak, Daimler, The Weissberg Foundation and Washington Gas.


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CulturalDC and Bozzuto Announce Opening of 27 Artist Studios at Monroe Street Market

Monroe Street Market

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC and The Bozzuto Group are pleased to announce that more than 40 artists are moving into the 27 artist studios at Monroe Street Market, a $200 million mixed-use community coming to the Brookland neighborhood. The artists are activating the spaces with practices as diverse as painting, photography, sculpture, literary arts, leather-working, jewelry-making, filmmaking and more.

CulturalDC was approached by Bozzuto Development and Abdo Development, the community’s developers, to serve as a liaison to the arts community and to activate 27 artist studios, an Arts Walk with an outdoor stage, and the Edgewood Arts Building that will enliven the new development at the Brookland-CUA metro station. With this project, CulturalDC continues its work in creative placemaking and cultivating space for art in the DC area.

Monroe Street Market features 27 artist studios ranging in size from 300 to 625 square feet. Ground floor studios line the Arts Walk, providing street front visibility and a prime retail opportunity ideal for artists. Studios feature porches along the Metropolitan Branch Trail, concrete floors, high ceilings and garage doors.

More than 40 artists will ultimately move into the studios, with many more artists and audiences served through the range of activities at the studios and in other arts uses throughout the site. (See below list of artists.)

A selection of the artists that have studios are:

Kate Krezel + Avner Ofer (Studio 4)
Kate Krezel and Avner Ofer are long-time Brookland residents and artists. Krezel is a National Geographic cartographer turned leather-worker and uses salvaged and reclaimed leather to create durable and functional one-of-a-kind products. Her signature pieces include “urban holsters” or pocket-belts designed to carry tablets, phones or wallets. Ofer is a travel photographer who goes off the beaten path to capture intimate moments and glimpses into other cultures. The couple will share the studio.

Cheryl Edwards (Studio 9)
Cheryl D. Edwards is a visual artist who works with oil, ink and acrylics. She studied at the Art Student League in New York and has exhibited in many shows in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, New York, Miami, Texas and Hong Kong.

Leda Black + Marcelle Fozard + Annalisa Leonessa (Studio 15)
These three solo artists come from diverse and eclectic backgrounds. As a group, they use repurposed and discarded materials in combination with knitting, weaving or crochet to create temporary “yarn bomb” installations in their communities. They will also continue their individual artistic practices of jewelry-making, graphic design and painting at Monroe Street Market.

Alejandro Pintado (Studio 17)
Alejandro Pintado is a visual artist from Mexico City, who recently relocated to DC with his family. His multimedia and often site-specific work focuses on notions of place and identity and views landscape from historic memory. His most recent projects were based in London and Mexico City and he plans to use Washington, DC and the Brookland neighborhood as inspiration for a series of new works. Pintado also plans to use his studio for artist talks and critiques between artists and the general public.

Fred Joiner (Studio 25)
Fred Joiner is a poet/artist/curator who has been active in the literary arts scene in Washington, DC for over 15 years. He is a curator of literary and art-related events including the American Poetry Museum’s INTERSECTIONS Reading Series, Hillyer Artspace’s HOME Series, The Phillips Collection’s Voices Series and others. Joiner is also the literary editor the peer-reviewed scholarly hip-hop journal Words, Beats and Life and the Tidal Basin Review. He plans to use the studio as a workspace for his writing activities, collage and assemblage work, and as a small reading room with selections from his personal library. Additionally, Joiner will host poetry readings, workshops and small master classes.

CulturalDC is generously supported by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Washington Post Company and many other generous partners. Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2013-14 Wine Partner.

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The Bozzuto Group is part of The Bozzuto Group of companies. Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, and celebrating its 25th year in business, The Bozzuto Group is a diversified residential real estate company that provides a broad range of real estate services throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The company’s areas of expertise lie in homebuilding and multifamily development, as well as construction and management both for themselves and their clients. Their skills have been attested to by the National Association of Home Builders, who recognized Bozzuto as the nation’s premier apartment development company, and twice as management company of the year.

Throughout The Bozzuto Group’s 25-year history, the company has developed, acquired and built more than 35,000 homes and apartments and currently manages nearly 40,000 apartment units spread along the Atlantic Coast between Northern Virginia and Boston. The company is committed to providing quality housing for individuals of all income levels, producing and managing everything from luxury homes and apartments to affordable housing solutions. For more information, please visit



WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce that 25 Full-Length Plays have been selected as finalists for Source Festival 2014. Three Full-Length Plays will be selected from the 25 finalists to be produced at the Source Festival from June 6-29, 2014.

Full-Length Plays are submitted to the Festival by invitation only. Festival producers invite playwrights previously produced by the Festival, writers based in the DC Metro Area and writers identified through a nationwide spotter system to submit never before produced Full-Length Plays. The Festival received a record number of 127 Full-Length Plays this fall.

The 25 finalists were selected after being evaluated by a team of over 75 readers and Source Festival producers, led by Source Festival Artistic Director and CulturalDC’s Director of Performing Arts Jenny McConnell Frederick. The Festival will also feature 18 Ten-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates. The three selected Full-Length scripts will be announced in December. A full list of the plays including playwright bios is available here.