Deadline Extended for Urban Farm Mural Call to Ward 7 Artists

CALL TO ARTISTS: Request for Proposals
East Capitol Urban Farm Mural

Eligibility: Artists Residing in Ward 7, Washington, DC

Project Budget: $20,000.00
Deadline for Submissions: August 10, 2015, 5 pm

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in partnership with the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), the Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP) and the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) is seeking proposals from artists or artist teams residing in Ward 7 of Washington, DC, for an environmentally-themed mural to be created on the site of a new urban farm coming to the Capitol View neighborhood in fall 2015. The selected artist will receive $20,000.00, which includes design, materials and installation. The selected artist willalso be required to work with young apprentices (ages 14 – 23) as well as involve the community in the completion of the mural.

This opportunity is open to professional artists over the age of 18 residing in Ward 7 of Washington, DC. Should the applicant consist of a team of artists, all team members must reside in Ward 7.

The total project budget will be $20,000.00, which includes artist fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, transportation to the site, insurance, permits, installation, materials, protective coating, and time working with young people and the community (stipend to young apprentices will not be the responsibility of the artist).

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Fort Dupont Summer Concert Series this Saturday


The National Park Service Presents
Fort Dupont Summer Concert Series

Celebrating 43 years
Supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Kendall Isadore
Kenny Sharpless
DJ Lance Reynolds

 Hosted by:
Michel Wright of Majic

 Event Details
Date: Saturday, August 1
Gate Opens: 5:30 pm
Show Starts: 6 pm
Location: Fort Dupont Park
3600 F and Minnesota St SE
Washington, DC 20019

 No tickets required * First come, first served * Bring your lawn chairs and blankets * All events are free * Rain or shine * All bags are checked * No alcohol/Glass containers/Open flames

Funding Alert: Great Streets FY2016 Small Business Grants

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) invites the submission of applications for the FY2016 Great Streets Retail Small Business Reimbursement Grants. Grants of up to $50,000 each will be awarded on a competitive basis to owners of small retail and service-oriented businesses in 13 Great Streets corridors. Prospective applicants can verify their location eligibility by using the interactive mapping tool at
DMPED LogoThe grant application will be released on Friday, August 7, 2015 and will be made available at and Applicants must submit a completed online application to DMPED via the ZoomGrants system by Monday, September 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Review the attached Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) here, for more information.

Have questions? Please contact the DMPED Grants Manager:
LaToyia Hampton, Grants Manager
(202) 724-7648


“102-Year-Old D.C. Artist Embraces A Century Of ‘Dancing In The Wonder'”

Did you see this piece by Rebecca Sheir, at WAMU’s Metro Connection?


Marilee Shapiro Asher lives at Chevy Chase House, a retirement home in Northwest D.C. But unlike most units in the building, Marilee’s is especially large.

“This is two apartments put together,” she says as she shows off the vast space.

And while the apartment’s second bathroom has the usual toilet, sink and tub, the tub is covered with small pieces of sculpture.

View the rest of the piece here.

Selected Self-Directed and Instructional Artist Residencies Fall 2015

Arquetopia Foundation and International Artist Residency Call

Eligibility: Emerging and mid-career artists and designers; minimum age 25
Duration: Terms of 3 to 12 weeks; varies according to program
Fee: Varies according to program; e-mail us

Founded in 2009, Arquetopia is an award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation run entirely by artists. It has since grown to include the premier artist residency program of Mexico and Latin America with extensive collaborative networks in Puebla and Oaxaca. Our resident artists have come from dozens of countries on six continents. We are proud that many of our artists have returned for residencies with us even two and three more times.
Arquetopia’s Artist-in-Residence Programs offer important professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international contemporary artists, designers, curators, researchers, and art educators age
25 and over.

Visit our website to view our spectacular new residency spaces in Puebla’s majestic central historic district and in the peaceful countryside of Oaxaca.

OPEN CALL: SELECTED SELF-DIRECTED AND INSTRUCTIONAL ARTIST RESIDENCIES Arquetopia is currently welcoming applications for the following artist residencies for Sept/Oct/Nov 2015 (Day of the Dead term eligible) in Puebla and Oaxaca, Southern Mexico:

  1. Art Production, Design Production, or Photography Production Residency (self-directed, Puebla or Oaxaca) 2. Printmaking Special Artist Residency (self-directed, Puebla) 3. Ceramics Special Artist Residency (self-directed, Puebla) 4. Gold Leafing and Antique Art Techniques Instructional Artist Residency (Puebla) 5. Mexican Textiles Instructional Artist Residency (Oaxaca) 6. Natural Pigments Instructional Artist Residency (Oaxaca)

Our Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, journalists, writers, and cultural researchers age 25 and over. Our programs are based on a non-exploitative model promoting social consciousness. Residents are strongly encouraged to explore various ways of cultural exchange as part of their artistic and/or research goals and to actively engage in critical discussions as part of their residency experience. Understanding Mexico’s context, and specifically Puebla and Oaxaca’s cultural complexity, is key for a successful cultural exchange. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who are interested in creating work or inspired by art, elements, techniques or processes specific to Mexico and/or unique to Puebla or Oaxaca.

Discipline: Visual Arts
Submission Deadline: 08/24/2015
Contact Name: Christopher Davis, Co-Executive Director Contact Email:

DC’s Hot Hits and Hidden Jewels; Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26

Check out this weekend’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels from, your link to the Arts in Metro DC.

The Second City’s Let Them Eat ChaosSecond City
Woolly Mammoth.
From our love lives to our government to our Twitter feed…nothing and no one is spared from the savagely brilliant satire of The Second City‘s celebrated Woolly Mammoth performances. Once again, the famed Chicago sketch comedy troupe will be skewering American culture in subversive and hilarious fashion at Woolly.

Summer SplashSummer Splash on 14th Street
Gallery Neptune & Brown.
Neptune Fine Art and Robert Brown Gallery are pleased to announce the opening of a satellite space in the 14th Street Arts District of NW Washington, D.C. Please visit our inaugural exhibition, Summer Splash on 14th Street featuring: Polly Apfelbaum, Donald Baechler, Ellsworth Kelly, Philip Taaffe and many more.

Capital FringeCapital Fringe Festival
Various locations.
Capital Fringe continues! You’ll enjoy creative experiences as artists develop their visions in total freedom without any curatorial barriers. Best of all art takes over DC neighborhoods — Trinidad, Brookland, H Street, animating the spaces — from traditional theaters, to corner bars, to vacant storefronts. And there’s even a “Space Shuttle” to send button holders on their way.

CultureCapital.  Your Metro DC Arts Alliance for over 30 years.

Anthony Cervino: EJECTA at CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery August 15-September 12

EJECTACulturalDCCulturalDC is pleased to present Ejecta, sculptor Anthony Cervino’s second solo exhibition at Flashpoint Gallery, which will open on Friday, August 14 with a reception from 6-8pm. The exhibition will run from August 15 – September 12, 2015.

Cervino, like many other artists, is chasing often undefined or constantly shifting qualifiers of success.  Now well into his forties, early career goals have been tempered by the compromises initiated by marriage, fatherhood, a career as an art professor, and the wear-and-tear of age in general. In his solo exhibition Ejecta, Cervino’s sculptures mediate self-perceived mediocrity with evidence of sincere effort.

The work in the exhibition, including large-scaled constructions, small cast bronzes, assemblages of found objects, as well as an accompanying book, reflects his personal trajectory and a keen awareness of art-historical precedents.  At once, this exhibition serves as a device for the fantasy of grandeur, a critique of the gauge of artistic success, and an acknowledgement of lived and limited real experiences. The melding of such personal and professional contemplation is expressed most succinctly in his collaboration on the exhibition with curator, art historian, and spouse, Shannon Egan.

Click here for more information.

National Endowment for the Humanities Accepting Applications for Bridging Cultures Grant

neh_at_logoNEH Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges are intended to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities in subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature. These grants may be used to enhance existing humanities programs, resources, or courses, or to develop new ones.

Click here for more information and instructions.

Receipt Deadline August 24, 2015 for Projects Beginning April 2016

Shubert Foundation Accepting Applications for Performing Arts Grants

10The principal goal of The Shubert Foundation is to support not-for-profit, professional theatre and dance companies in the United States. The program areas of Arts Related Organizations and Education are smaller than those of Theatre and Dance and necessarily limited. The Shubert Foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operating support, rather than funding for specific projects. These grants are awarded exclusively to US organizations, which must have current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to be eligible for funding.

Annual Deadlines and Important Dates:

Late August
Current grant application becomes available online and via phone and mail requests (August-December).

October 15
Deadline for Dance, Arts Related and Education applications. Applications must be received by The Shubert Foundation no later than 6 pm on this date.

December 1
Deadline for Theatre applications. Applications must be received by The Shubert Foundation no later than 6 pm on this date.

Click here for more information about applying for grants.