Posts Tagged ‘DCCAH’

Arts Commission: Just Kidding, Anacostia “Junk” Art Installation Will Stay Up

"While the Commission does not mean to offend anyone, it would be inconsistent with our mission..."

As the Potter’s House Mural Faces Destruction, Fears of Gentrification Emerge

Karla “Karlisima” Rodas-Israel can’t walk three steps down Columbia Road NW without a wave and a “Hello!” or a “¿Cómo estás?” from a passerby. The artist, who claims the Mama Ayesha’s presidents mural among her body of work, has lived in the neighborhood for 18 years. She knows the stoop-sitters, the bodega cashiers, the fast-walking [...]

Mia Feuer’s Gas Station Installation Scrapped Altogether

Artist Mia Feuer's planned gas-station installation is officially off. Plans to install the piece, a full-sized replica of a gas station proposed as part of the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities' 5x5 series, in the Anacostia River were scrapped last week, with the commission saying it was pursuing other locations for the project. But [...]

Wish Granted: The District’s 2014 Arts Grants, In Short

Each year, the District’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities gives away millions of dollars in grants to local artists and nonprofit arts organizations. The city agency hasn’t been especially well-funded in recent years—with the exception of FY 2013, when the D.C. Council gifted it a one-time $6.8 million bonus, bringing the total grants budget [...]

Lincoln Theatre Selects New Operator

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities has selected a new operator for Lincoln Theatre, but the commission has yet to announce who that operator is, the Washington Business Journal reports.
DCCAH Executive Director Lionell Thomas says that D.C.'s Department of General Services is overseeing the offer letter and lease agreement for the new operator. [...]

Arts Roundup: The Shirks Get Ripped Off Edition

The 2013 National Book Festival lineup includes Don DeLillo, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver, and Brad Meltzer. [Post]
More D.C. arts grants announced. [Art 202]
Phil Kennicott: "...there is hope in the news that at least now the Corcoran has a survival plan." [Post]
Wolf Trap's new president and CEO lays out his plan for the park. [Post]
Director Jem [...]

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 [...]

Don’t Call That Anacostia Public Art Project a Totem Pole

This spring, Anacostia will get its first totem pole. But whatever you do, don’t call it a totem pole.
At the end of May, residents of Anacostia will finally greet a public art project two years in the making: “Journey Anacostia,” a steel, copper, and stained-glass sculpture commissioned by the District to fill a city-owned lot [...]

After a One-Year Increase, D.C. Arts Funding Down to $7 Million

Released today, Mayor Vince Gray's proposed 2014 budget cuts the District's Commission on the Arts and Humanities budget by more than 40 percent. But it's not exactly a death blow: That decrease comes mostly from the loss of last year's one-time $6.8 million boost to the commission's budget, which more than doubled its funding in FY [...]

Anacostia Playhouse Facing Delays

Audiences awaiting Anacostia Playhouse's opening in April may have to wait longer than expected. About two weeks ago, with demolition complete and building set to begin, the project hit a permit snag that has left the warehouse at 2020 Shannon Place SE locked and quiet with a "Stop Work" notice stuck to its door.
Before construction [...]