2003 – 2017
For 15 years, CulturalDC operated Flashpoint Gallery in downtown Washington, DC. The visual arts programming at Flashpoint nurtured talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing exhibition space and opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. Each exhibition season showcased bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance, new media, and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provided artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. Each year, an advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals in the DC-area made programming recommendations for the gallery and provided mentorship and support to exhibiting artists and curators.
MEAD THEATRE LAB
2005 – 2017
For 13 years, CulturalDC ran the Mead Theatre Lab Program in downtown Washington, DC. The performing arts program offered intensive production and development assistance for performing artists, writers, directors, producers, and independent theatre companies. CulturalDC encouraged artists to develop new, risk-taking work, explore the artistic process in innovative ways, and collaborate with artists working in a variety of disciplines. The result was an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions, and an environment in which emerging performing artists could grow. Each season, projects were solicited through a competitive open call process. Selected productions were recommended by an advisory panel of prominent DC-area arts professionals who also provided mentoring and professional development throughout the creation of each production.
For a decade, CulturalDC produced the annual Source Festival. Driven by creativity, collaboration, and invention, Source Festival brought together artists from across the nation to present new works—including full-length plays, 10-minute plays, and artistic blind dates—over three weeks in the summer. It provided opportunities for hundreds of actors, directors, playwrights, and designers to explore new ideas and expand their visibility. The relationships built there lay the path for the next generation of outstanding performing artists. Source Festival built a reputation as a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for rising talents and established artists, directors, and designers.
WALTER REED DREAMS
Walter Reed Dreams was part of a city-wide initiative called “Crossing the Street,” which promotes community-building through creative placemaking in neighborhoods that are experiencing rapid demographic and social change. This series of events and activations was a community driven arts and culture tribute, featuring multiple activities as part of the redevelopment of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC). We invited all the District to experience the strength of Walter Reed’s legacy through the community’s collective input, as it was translated by Ward 4 artists, musicians, and creatives.