Posts Tagged ‘Arts funding’

Formerly Homeless Women Become Playwrights in AFI DOCS’ Only Film About D.C.

The AFI DOCS film festival kicks off tonight, and over the course of the week and weekend, it'll screen 84 documentaries from across the U.S. and 28 different countries. But where’s the D.C. love?
There's just one film on the AFI DOCS slate that's from and about the District. How I Got Over, directed by D.C. [...]

NEA Awards D.C. Nonprofits $2.5 Million in Grants

In its second round of funding for fiscal year 2014, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that it will award more than $2.5 million to 30 nonprofits in the District.
Here are some highlights:

The National Building Museum gets $50,000 for an exhibit on the work of the Bjarke Ingels architecture firm (including, presumably, this dizzying [...]

Vince Gray Wants to Renovate the Historic (and Derelict) Strand Theater

D.C. has gotten pretty good at bringing old theaters back to life. The Lincoln's restoration in the 1990s gave "the Jewel on U" new sheen, and the recently renovated Howard's crowds overflow onto the street most weekends.
With the budget proposal he released this morning, outgoing Mayor Vince Gray has opened the door for another theater renewal project: a $1 [...]

Arts Roundup: Overblown Toilet Edition

"It's basically a completely overblown toilet," says architect Bjarke Ingels on the Smithsonian Castle. [Post]
DC Advocates for the Arts protest Mayor Vince Gray's proposed arts budget. [DC Advocates for the Arts]
Smithsonian also wants a budget increase, to the tune of $59 million. [AP via WJLA]
Textile Museum hires a new director. [Washington Business Journal]
The Washington Post's [...]