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Brookland Public Art Project Seeks Crowdfunding

Artist Charles Bergen is reaching out to the community to help him beautify the Brookland sign at the corner of 12th Street and Rhode Island Ave NE. Check out the Indiegogo page here, and a tweet and info from Charles below.

I have created this sculpture of two monumental scarlet oak leaves and acorns to mark the Southern Gateway to Brookland’s 12th Street Commercial Corridor. The sculpture is to be placed at the intersection of 12th and Rhode Island Avenue NE…I please need additional funding to complete this sculpture and am starting this crowdfunding campaign to reach my funding goal. Please click on the link to see more images of the sculpture and to fund this project. Thank you in advance for your support.

Take a moment to check it out on Indiegogo and also share it with your friends. All the tools are there. Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates. If enough of us get behind it, we can make ‘Scarlet Oak Leaves for Brookland, Washington, DC’ happen!

Another Damn Craft Show Comes To Art Enables Saturday

Art Enables FacadeWe were happy to hear about a new craft show, taking place right around the corner from Brookland this Saturday. From the press release:

Introducing Another Damn Craft Show. The premise is pretty much self explanatory – a collaboration of artisans with one simple mission: to celebrate the local DC arts-and-crafts scene. Oh. And sell some handmade stuff, too. Lots of it. Please join us on Saturday, June 13th from 11AM – 4PM at the Art Enables’ studio at 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE to experience 25 of the best crafters and artisans in the DC Metro area.

(Up)Rising Arts Festival 2015 Comes To Rhode Island Ave This Weekend

Back in April we wrote about (Up)Rising Festival 2015, a cool new arts festival coming to Woodridge, right around the corner from Brookland on Rhode Island Ave, NE. The festival is primarily brough to you by ReCreative Spaces, a non-profit that transformed a vacant commercial space on Rhode Island Ave NE into an artist studio and artistic exhibition space. The FREE festival will run from Sunday, May 24, Monday, May 25, 2015 at 1:00 AM, and will include curated visual and performing arts programming along the 1600-2400 blocks of Rhode Island Ave NE. Some of the venues will be vacant spaces, some will be businesses. You can check our more details at the event page here and be sure to check out this cool video about the festival.

Art Enables Call To Ward 5 Artists For Off Rhode Studio Show In July

Art Enables Iterior
Art Enables Iterior

Are you a Ward 5 artist or do you know one? If so, check out Art Enables Call To Ward 5 Artists. The submission deadline is Friday May 29th for those who want to display their artwork at an Off Rhode Studio show in July. Those of us who follow the Ward 5 arts scene know that Art Enables has a fantastic mission. The non-profit organization represents over thirty artists with developmental disabilities and provides them with the resources they need to become visual artists, and 60% of revenue from sales. However, Art Enables also has interesting and engaging art shows as part of its “Off Rhode Studio” shows.

Art Enables is located in nearby Woodridge at  2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE 20018 and they are open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, and open on weekends for special events. Go Ward 5!

Brookland In Photos: Laminated Street Art Is Back

Last October we wrote about some cool street art near the Metro, but then it disappeared. We were happy to see two new pieces in the pictures below, that appear to be from the same artist, since they are also coated in plastic and screwed to street sign poles. One is on Monroe Street and 8th Streets NE, near the entrance to the Arts Walk, the other is on Monroe Street between 9th and 10th Streets NE along side the 901 Monroe development site. If you are on Monroe street anytime soon, check out them out.

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ReCreative Spaces Presents: (Up)Rising Festival 2015

Photo courtesy of ReCreative Spaces
Photo courtesy of ReCreative Spaces

Back in March we wrote about how ReCreative Spaces  transformed a vacant commercial space on Rhode Island Ave NE into an artist studio and artistic exhibition space. Now the organization is preparing to present a free arts festival, (Up)Rising that will include curated visual and performing arts programming along the 1600-2400 blocks of Rhode Island Ave NE.  Some of the venues will be vacant spaces, some will be businesses. The arts festival will take place Sunday May 24th and Monday May 25.  You can check our more details at the event page here and check out this cool video about the festival.

Putting on such an ambitious and free  festival is not cheap or easy, so the folks at ReCreative Spaces have set up a crowdfunding site in hopes of raising the funds necessary to pull off the festival, perhaps you will consider donating today.

Blackness Counts: An Exploration In Unapologetic Africanity At Art Enables

art enablesArt Enables is a local artistic outlet with a fantastic mission. The non-profit organization represents over thirty artists with developmental disabilities and provides them with the resources they need to become visual artists, and 60% of revenue from sales. However, Art Enables also has interesting and engaging art shows as part of its “Off Rhode Studio” shows. One of their upcoming Off Rhode exhibits caught our eye. From the flyer:

DC Artist Jay Coleman, a reknowned portrait painter exhibits art that captures the sensitivity of the human spirit.

February 14- March 6th, 2015.

Opening Reception: Saturday February 14th, 1:00-4:00 PM.

Art Enables is located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave NE.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: January Super Saturday Edition

We are pleased to bring you East City Art‘s Weekend Event Round Up. East City Art is a blog founded by editor Phil Hutinet in 2010, which documents the myriad of artistic activities happening in Northeast, Southeast, the Gateway Arts District, Northern Prince George’s County, and the “Mid-City” area of DC.

Saturday, January 24

artdc Gallery6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join artdc for #WeTweetArt V3.0 the third version of their social media connected show. Viewers are welcome to visit the gallery or go online to connect with artists. The DC area artists involved in this show are working to connect with the whole world via social media so spread the word. For more information, click here.

artdc Gallery is located at 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

Transformer at the Katzen Arts Center – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Locally Sourced highlights over 200 works in a variety of media from six regionally focused Community Supported Art programs. The programs featured in this exhibit are Artist Curated Projects (Los Angeles, CA), Brooklyn Community Supported Art + Design (Brooklyn, NY), Cannonball (Miami, FL), Pelican Bomb (New Orleans), Threewalls (Chicago), and Transformer (DC). For details, click here.

The Katzen Arts Center is located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

American University at the Katzen Arts Center 

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Plattner: Chronicles of War/Saints and Martyrs (the one with the Goya Third of May) 2007. Oil and Gold Leaf on Linen on Panel 40”x50” Courtesy of American University.

Join the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center for the openings of Identidad, Locally Sourced, Gods of War!, Photoworks: Presence of Place, and Building Without Shadows. The winter exhibits run through March 15. 

The Katzen Arts Center located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Jess Oros is East City Art’s Events Editor. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook, by following them on Twitter, or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

Brookland Storm Drain Beautification Courtesy Of The Anacostia Watershed Society

Taking a walk up and down 12th Street just became more interesting. The Anacostia Watershed Society chose Brookland for a series of paintings to beautify the storm drains, but at the same time to raise awareness not to throw trash into the drains.

The main focus and ambition of the AWS is:

….. for the Anacostia River—the other river flowing through our nations capital—to be a clean and healthy place to live and visit once more. You can help us turn this dream into reality. Find out how you can help today!

And the AWS team is not done yet in Brookland. See below the announcement and the call for volunteers to paint a storm drain by the Brookland Green for Tuesday. A great opportunity especially for children. Even if you can not participate in the activity, stop by and thank the AWS team and volunteers for their wonderful work.

Brookand Green, a great community resource!
Brookand Green, a great community resource!

Date: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Meeting Location:  Brookland Green.  The grassy area of land at 10th and Newton NE that is directly across from the Brookland (red line) Metro stop (east of the tracks exit).  Click here for a map.  AWS encourages you to take Metrorail, Metrobus, bike, or walk to this site.  If you do drive, read all neighborhood signs for permit and timing requirements.

Description: AWS wants community members to think twice before dumping into local storm drains (and, thus, the Anacostia) so we’re taking to the streets!  Join us as we paint fun, informative designs on storm drains around Brookland with designs by local artists.  Check out last year’s drains in Mt. Rainier.

Physical Requirements: This event will likely involve lifting, bending, squatting, moving up and down and walking for fair distances.   These events are taking place in the summer time so it’s likely to be quite hot with limited shade.   We recommend not eating salty foods ahead of the event that might exacerbate any heat related issues and to bring a reusable water bottle.  We will provide a cooler of water.  Please wear close-toed shoes and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty with paint.  If you think any of the physical requirements will be problematic, please let us know or consider joining another event.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!