WE MAKE SPACE FOR ART

CulturalDC sees the arts as a driving force in building sustainable communities. We provide a wide range of programs and services that support artists’ ability to live and work in the city and give audiences access to affordable and accessible cutting-edge visual and performing art from artists living and working today. 

HISTORY

For 19 years, CulturalDC’s mission has been to “Make Space for Art.” In pursuing our mission, we have brokered over 250,000 square feet of space for artists and arts organizations. We work with real estate developers, artists, city officials, residents and other key stakeholders through creative placemaking initiatives, community-centered engagements, and innovative real estate partnerships that have resulted in the creation of Atlas Performing Arts Center, Source Theatre, Brookland Arts Lofts, and the 27 artist studios at Monroe Street Market in Brookland.

Through 2017, at our spaces Flashpoint and Source, we created the platforms that deliver art to thousands of residents across the region. Visual artists made headlines at Flashpoint Gallery and performing artists gained new followings at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. During Source Festival, 300 members of the creative community joined forces to create 3 weeks of new work, including 18 10-minute plays, three full-length plays and four Artistic Blind Dates. We also spearheaded creative placemaking initiatives through art space development, public art and artist housing.

OUR TEAM

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TANYA HILTON
Executive Director

Ava LaTanya Hilton joined CulturalDC’s Board of Directors in 2015, served as Interim Executive Director, and was elected to Executive Director in April 2017.

Hilton is sought by senior executives in both private and public sector organizations to provide counsel and insight from her more than 25 years of experience in technology and organization development.

Although Tanya started her career with IBM and translated her technology experience using an IBM sponsored MBA program at Harvard University and studies at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in England for an Masters, into large scale organization transformations, leading consulting practices in the non-profit, private and public sectors for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Booz Allen Hamilton, her roots in the arts run deep.

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KRISTI MAISELMAN
Director of Brand Innovation & Engagement

Kristi joined the CulturalDC team in June of 2015.  She leads all fundraising and marketing efforts for all CulturalDC programs and initiatives.

Kristi brings over 15 years of experience in nonprofit and for-profit arts organizations including the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Rubell Family Collection, Conner Smith, Hamiltonian Artists and the National Gallery of Art.

Kristi received her BFA in Photography from James Madison University and her MA in Arts Management from American University.  She lives in Shaw with her husband and daughter.

 
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SAMANTHA JONES
Director of Strategic Initiatives & Programs

Samantha Jones joined CulturalDC in May 2016 as Consulting Manager and was promoted to Director of Strategic Initiatives and Programs in 2017. In this role she leads all public art initiatives and works to secure affordable live/work space for artists in the District. Samantha has facilitated art across the District through her previous experience at Washington Project for the Arts and Hillyer.

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JENNIFER OSBORN
Operations Manager

Jennifer Osborn has been part of the CulturalDC team since 2014. A wide range of jobs and experiences including event planning, film production, and performance lead her to the District and CulturalDC. Jennifer oversees the day to day operations and venue rentals at Source while assisting with logistics for Space4. You can find Jennifer as Assistant to Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) on the award winning Netflix series House of Cards as well as working in various DC Theater venues as an actor, Box Office Manager and general contractor.

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RACHEL BURLEY
Arts Associate

Rachel Burley joined CulturalDC in July 2016 as Gallery Fellow and was promoted to Arts Associate in 2017. Rachel coordinates gallery exhibitions, performances, and community engagement projects for SPACE4: Arts. She has worked in several different capacities at art galleries and museums around the District since making her home in the city in 2014.

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CAITLIN CAPLINGER
External Engagement Associate

Caitlin M Caplinger joined CulturalDC in December 2016 as Development Fellow and was promoted to External Engagement Associate in 2017. Caplinger’s work ranges from development to design to community outreach. They are a freelance director and playwright based in the DC area. Caplinger assistant directs for ArtStream’s Inclusive Theatre program, a musical performance opportunity for actors with disabilities; they also help teach a Shakespeare class for ArtStream’s educational programming. Caplinger received their B.A in Theatre (Arts Administration) and Leadership Studies at Christopher Newport University. 

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MADDIE WEYAND-GEISE
Marketing & Communications Fellow

Maddie Weyand-Geise joined CulturalDC in January 2017 as the Marketing and Communications Intern to strategize press outreach, social media and marketing techniques for VISIONDC. As of September 2017, Maddie now works as the Marketing and Communications Fellow. Outside of CulturalDC, Maddie is a resident assistant and full-time student pursuing two BA degrees in Art History and Public Relations at American University.

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ADJOA AKOFIO-SOWAH
Consulting Fellow

Adjoa Akofio-Sowah joined CulturalDC in October of 2017 as Consulting Fellow. She will assist the Director of Strategic Partnerships and  Initiatives with CulturalDC’s public art and creative placemaking projects. Adjoa will also assist the CulturalDC team with research, outreach, and development on a diverse group of initiatives across the District and Metro area. 

JENNY MCCONNELL FREDERICK
SPACE4: Arts Consultant

OUR BOARD

 

Chair

OLWEN PONGRACE

Thorpe + Searl Communications

vice-chair

JESSICA NIGRO

Daimler

TREASURER

VINCENT AMMANN

Washington Gas Light Company

SECRETARY

TED TOON

US Department of Housing and Urban Development

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR

MAURICE PERRY

Bank of America Community Development Corporation


 

JOHN H BROWN JR Fine Arts Photographer

TANJA CASTRO CastroHaase, pllc

JULIE CHASE Chase Communications

VICKI DAVIS Urban Atlantic

TODD GALAIDA Clean Method

AVA LATANYA HILTON CulturalDC

TIMOTHY HYDE DCI Group, LLC

J BROOKS MARTIN Municipal Mortgage + Equity, LLC

GERALD MUSARRA Lockheed Martin

JOHN O'DOWD VOA Associates

DAVID SHIFFRIN ESQ Arena Stage & Greater Washington Community Foundation