Live Chat with DCCAH Grants Specialist

Friday, October 9, 2015

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Join us this Friday, October 9 for a live chat session with a grants specialist from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST to assist with completion of required documents for compliance with FY2016 grant awards.

For more information and to sign up for a reminder, please visit the following link:

A Space to Dream Series: Accelerate with Google

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Workshop: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Reception: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


The Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO), the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), Office on African American Affairs (OAAA) and the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and Google are convening an afternoon of workshops and networking specifically created for artists.

Join us at Google’s DC office to learn how to grow your presence online, expand your reach and make the Web work for you.

To register call (202) 545-3061 or visit:

Google DC
25 Massachusetts Avenue NW
9th Floor
Washington, DC 20001

Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media

Jason Moran and Ben Ashworth, Festival Curators
Jimmy Pelletier, Chief Skate Ambassador

September 4 – 13, 2015



Join the Kennedy Center for Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media, a two week festival from Friday, September 4th to Sunday, September 13th, that will celebrate this exciting and influential part of American culture by spotlighting local artists, as well as the creativity and improvisation that skateboarding and music share. There will be live music, open session skating and multiple exhibits throughout the entire festival.

The majority of the events are FREE of charge with the exception of two performances with Jason Moran on Friday, September 11th and Saturday, September 12th.

For full event details, check out the website.

Designed to Recycle: Consilius’ Four Questions

[A guest post from Artist Kirk Waldroff, as part of a special Designed to Recycle series]

My first job out of college was at a sign shop. Having graduated with a degree in illustration—and little interest in earning a living as a freelance artist—I wanted to augment my computer design experience and get a foot in the door of the graphic design world. So in the shop, I spent a lot of time on the computer creating designs for signs and banners and lettering for vehicles.

I also spent a lot of time outside applying vinyl to trucks and cars. And so, I was immediately drawn to the Design to Recycle project: a perfect blend of my early training and career experiences.

Kirk Waldroff, Consilius’ Four Questions, 2011, acrylic and stain on wood panel, 24” x 24”

I’ve moved along in graphic design, and away from the sign shop, all the while creating art in my free time. Most recently, I’ve worked on a series of invented fables. Each piece depicts an intentionally ambiguous scene from an unwritten story. Animals play major roles and symbolic objects (e.g. man-made: clocks and plumb bobs; and natural: mountains and islands) often accompany them. It is my hope that the viewer is drawn into the scene enough to create his/her own accompanying story. And I love to hear the explanations people come up with.

Kirk Waldroff, Designed to Recycle truck

To match the ecological values tied to the act of recycling and the ethos of the Designed to Recycle project, I submitted several paintings that utilize soft, earthy hues and exposed wood grain textures.

Kirk Waldroff, Designed to Recycle truck detail

Of three designs submitted for the project, one—based on a painting entitled Consilius’ Four Questions—was chosen. In the painting, an elephant (Consilius) approaches four turtles in a pond, presumably loaded with one question for each. But what brought him here to ask and exactly what those questions are is up to the viewer. Due to layout constraints, the turtles didn’t make it onto the truck. But Consilius is there, and if you’re wondering why he’s riding around the city, you’ll have to think of a story yourself.

– Kirk Waldroff, Designed to Recycle Artist

[Designed to Recycle, a public art project collaboration between the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the DC Department of Public Works, was developed to create mobile canvases featuring the work of local artists to highlight the importance of recycling.  Over the course of spring and summer 2015, ten recycling trucks will have been wrapped in the work of local artists.]

DC’s Hot Hits and Hidden Jewels; Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9

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

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Folger Shakespeare Library. Fri.
Join the Smithsonian’s Dr. Andrew K. Johnston, a geographer at the National Air and Space Museum, as he explains the longitude problem and solutions on display in the current Folger exhibition “Ships, Clocks, and Stars: The Quest for Longitude.”

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Warner Theatre. Sat.
Joel Edward McHale is an American comedian, actor, writer, television producer, and television host. He is known for hosting The Soup and portraying Jeff Winger on the NBC/Yahoo! comedy series Community.

Howard Theatre. Sun.
In retrospect of looking back over the past twenty years, R&B Superstar JOE Thomas crosses bridges. The crooner’s new Album clearly defines his new outlook on life’s relationships and where they have taken him.

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Illuminate with Elizabeth Avedon INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ENTRIES

Illuminate_web-200x147The Center for Fine Art Photography Call Summary: We are pleased to announce the Illuminate call for entry with juror Elizabeth Avedon at The Center for Fine Art Photography. All capture types, subject matter and photographic processes are eligible to submit.

Awards and Honors given. The Deadline is August 26th at 11:59 pm, MST.

Members- $24 and non-members $38. This is an international, open call for entry. C4FAP is a non-profit arts organization.

Discipline: Photography
Submission Deadline: 08/26/2015
Contact Name: Sunshine Divis, Programs Manager Contact Email:

Register for the 2015 Alliance of Artists Communities’ Annual Conference

Register today for the 2015 Alliance of Artists Communities’ Annual Conference, October 13-16 in Providence, Rhode Island! Join 300 leaders from across the globe as they explore new ideas in supporting artists through three action-packed days of talks, tours, performances, and workshops.

Catch a sneak peak of this year’s highlights! Including an evening keynote by Theaster Gates, conference tracks in Social Practice and Arts + Ecology, their annual board development training, and 12 off-site tours and events showcasing Rhode Island’s boldest arts spaces – from molten pumpkins at The Steel Yard to the rugged coastline of the Norman Bird Sanctuary.

Early registration means first pick of special programs, discounted registration rates, and a chance to join the conversation early!

Register here.

Portfolio ShowCase Volume 9 Book & Exhibition INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ENTRY

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Fifteen international photographers will be chosen to have their twelve-image portfolios published in the Center’s Annual Portfolio ShowCase book. There will be an accompanying online exhibition with links to the artist’s websites. Select images will be exhibited at The Center for Fine Art Photography for the Portfolio ShowCase Exhibition. Juror Maggie Blanchard is the director of Twin Palms, a publisher of exceptional photography and art books. All capture types and photographic processes are eligible. Awards and Honors given. Deadline is September 30, 2015. For more information visit

Discipline: Photography
Submission Deadline: 09/30/2015
Contact Name: Sunshine Divis, Programs Manager Contact Email:

Kshethra – Physics, Psychology and Philosophy

[A guest post from Artist Shanthi Chandrasekar, as part of our Art Bank Collection series]

Having grown up in a scientific environment in India, physics and philosophy have been always been a part of my life. I pursued a degree in physics in college, and chose to do my graduate studies in psychology as I was fascinated by the workings of the mind. For Indians, philosophy is a way of life. Right from drawing the Kolam patterns on the ground every morning during sunrise to the very deep concepts of matters hidden in the Sanskrit verses, every aspect of life is steeped in philosophy that can be sometimes difficult to comprehend. Kshethra series is a visual proof of this lifelong immersion into physics, psychology and philosophy.


When I won the Maryland State Individual Artist Award for Works on Paper in 2013, I decided to create drawings with pen and ink to explore concepts like black holes, orbits, entanglement etc. I worked on more than 30 drawings on these themes and found that the deeper I immersed myself in these concepts, the more questions I had and more ideas to work on. It was during this exploration that I wanted to understand more about the concept of fields in terms of entities ranging from the subatomic particles to the galaxies and the voids. Kshethra is the Sanskrit word for field or dominion and occurs frequently in various ancient Sanskrit verses where the body represents the field and the soul the source of the field. I have been learning Sanskrit and also attending Advaita philosophy study groups to discuss the concept of non-dualism. There seem to be a number of parallels between this philosophy and the scientific theories, especially in the fields of quantum mechanics and relativity. Hence, I decided to explore the idea in a number of ways that were both scientific and imaginary, based on my interpretations of the theme in both physics and Indian philosophy. At times, I feel like a scientist conducting a thought experiment with the help of visual aids. At the same time, the artist in me sees no limits and refuses to accept all the information as facts and seeks the unattainable.


The Kshethra drawings are symbolic of the fractal nature of fields ranging from the subatomic particles to the cosmos. Every particle, be it a minute atom or an enormous star, has a field surrounding it within which it has maximum influence. The sun holds its gravitational power over the whole solar system and the nucleus the orbiting electrons, creating fields within fields. I also wanted explore the effects of the field on the dark matter, dark energy and voids. Since dark matter and dark energy continue to remain a mystery, I can take liberty to imagine their properties and flow through the invisible fields in the cosmos. I am fascinated by all these phenomena and space around the particle with the hidden energy. I wanted to visually express my ideas and thoughts about this concept and the result is the Kshethra series. My other drawings in this series depict the various aspects of fields, like the ever-increasing range of the fields as the size of the particle increases, or the complicated network that could exist due the overlapping of adjacent fields.

I used pen and ink as my main medium and started the series with black and white drawings. As I played around with ideas, I began to use colored pencil and ink as well. I used printmaking paper, as the texture was very suitable to express the ideas I had in mind. Ink is a wonderful medium to work with and I wanted to experiment with it. The unpredictable nature of the inkblots created by the moving pigments along with very fine detailed drawing make it a very versatile medium. As I experimented with ink, I noticed that I could manipulate the ink pigments based on the amount of water on the paper and also how I added the ink. But no matter how much I understood the medium, there was always an element of surprise that was unexpected. Also, I start with minimal pencil drawings and get straight to the drawing. I use stencils/templates to draw the larger circles, but do most of the drawing freehand. I use repetitive drawing to create texture and fill in the space with dots or lines.

Kshethra- Voids
Kshethra- Voids, the piece selected for and now a part of the Art Bank Collection

As I try to understand the subtleties of nature and its attributes through these intricate drawings, I have also found them to be very calming and energizing at the same time. The repetitive dots and lines can be very meditative to draw, but they also lead to more questions thus peeking my curiosity further. The more time I seem to spend on these themes, the less I seem to comprehend. This exploration might be on paper, but it is a very exciting thought-journey through the mysteries of the cosmos.

– Shanthi Chandrasekar

[In support of visual artists and art galleries in the Washington metropolitan area, fine artwork is purchased each year to expand the District’s Art Bank Collection, a growing collection of moveable works funded through the Art in Public Places Program. Works in this collection are owned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and loaned to other District government agencies for display in public areas within government buildings.]