Porch Fest is an annual event organized by the good folks at Rhode Island Ave NE Main Street. The event transforms neighborhood porches and stoops into stages for an afternoon of free performances and community based fun. This year’s Porch Fest will be taking place Saturday April 15 from 2-6 pm . If you are, or know of any performers, they are currently lining up participants. From the open call page, where performers can find application details:
We are seeking musicians + singers of all genres, dancers, poets + spoken word artists, etc. to perform at this lively, well-attended annual event.
The (Up)Rising Festival 2016 returns to the neighborhood on June 26 from 12-6:00 pm. Here is some info on this free festival from the event page:
An arts-focused festival that weaves its way through Rhode Island Avenue businesses, open areas, and vacant properties. This year, we explore the theme of creative collaborations – innovative and artistic ways to solve complex problems. The day includes performing and visual arts elements, hands-on activities, local food, drink, and retail vendors, as well as a chance to hang out with your Rhode Island Avenue small business owners and employees!
Participating artists share a revolutionary vision and engage festival-goers through heart, mind and body.
Check out this video about last years’ event:
The festival is organized by ReCreative Spaces, a non-profit that transforms vacant commercial space into artist studio and exhibition space.
A lot of neighbors were dismayed to learn that SCRAP DC closed up shop in Brookland in November 2015. Now we were happy to learn that they are doing pop-up events in the area for those who want to get their craft on. From a recent SCRAP DC newsletter:
SCRAP is shaking off the winter doldrums and coming back with new activities to welcome the spring and get on our way with rebuilding our operation. We do not yet have a new space, but we are happy to be partnering with ReCreative Spaces in Mt. Rainier so that we can maintain a presence in the area. We want to thank all of you — our diehard customers, cheerleaders and donors – whose support keeps us going and working towards the next phase.
Our first order of business is to have a pop up store and the first of a series of classes. Yes, you heard it right – a chance to find treasures for your projects and nourishment for your creative hunger. The inventory will be a treasure trove of beads and jewelry making supplies (mostly mid-higher end), some paper and general craft supplies, fabric and sewing supplies, collage packs, and kits for making banners, hot rods, robots and other kids crafts. We may find a few other things along the way, so if what you crave isn’t on this list, there’s a chance it might show up.
What better way to begin classes than to commemorate Mothers’ Day? Read on for more details and registration information. anyway! Our hope is that we will be able to prime the pump and continue these activities until such time as we generate sufficient funding to cover the costs of a new store. Therefore, your continued patronage is most important and appreciated.
The upcoming events are as follows:
SCRAP POP UP STORE
Saturday & Sunday, April 23 – 24, 12 – 4 pm, Location; ReCreative Spaces, 3501 Perry St., Mt. Rainier, MD 20712 (at the Rhode Island Ave. circle, across from the Mt. Rainier City Hall)
Mother’s Day Cards Making
Why buy a card?? Make a fabulous Mothers’ Day Card that will be a gift unto itself. With an enticing assortment of papers, buttons, fabrics, lace, ribbon and other embellishments create a card any Mom will want to frame. Personalize your card with copies made from images of your own. Date: Saturday, April 30, 2-5 pm Location: ReCreative Spaces, 3501 Perry St. Mt. Rainier, MD 20712 Cost: $15 per person; $25 for two or family up to 4 — includes materials. Recommended Ages: 5 and older
What to Bring – 1-5 laser copies of anyone whose image you would like to use (e.g., Xerox or made on other commercial copiers –not inkjet); any personal items you wish to incorporate Note: Parents must accompany children up to age 12.
Mothers’ Day Sachet – Mingle and Layer your Love with a Scented Pillow fit for a Dove
Date: Sunday, May 1, 2-5 pm, Location: ReCreative Spaces, 3501 Perry St. Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. Cost: $25 per person; $35 for two or family up to 4 — includes materials. Recommended Ages: 10 and older
What to Bring: 1-5 laser copies of anyone whose image you would like to use (i.e., Xerox or made on other commercial copiers –not inkjet) any personal items such as charms, buttons, old jewelry, etc. that you wish to incorporate
REGISTRATION: To register and pay for classes, complete the form on their website. Payment will also be accepted at class. Check out their Facebook page to keep up with their plans.
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.
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.
ReCreative Spaces began occupying the basement and first floor of the two-story building in January and will remain until the end of July. An artist uses the basement as a studio. The first floor hosts a variety of arts and cultural events.
You can check out their exhibition schedule here. We think it is pretty awesome that the Menkiti Group is allowing the artists to use the space rent-free while they find a permanent tenant. We also like the idea of using unoccupied commercial spaces for the arts, sounds like a win-win!
The pop-up gallery is located at 1613 Rhode Island Avenue NE.
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