CultureCapital – Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels

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

Hugo Ball: A Pointless Dada Puppet AdventureHugo Ball (3)
Pointless Theatre at Trinidad Theatre.
A one-of-a-kind spectacle loosely based on the life of Hugo Ball, one of the founders of the highly influential DADA anti-art movement. Through Ball’s story, the show explores themes of art, love, faith, and the unexpected cost of pushing the boundaries with puppetry, mask, visual art, and dance, all joined together by an anarchic sense of humor.

Womanimal (3)Womanimal: Zine Art by Caroline Paquita
National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Paquita’s recent work has focused on envisioning “Womanimals”—half-woman/half-animal creatures that seek to interject a queered whimsy and irreverence into distracted modern culture. This exhibition showcases Paquita’s punk art zine-making over the past 18 years.

Mother’s Day Weekend Planning GuideMother's Day (3)
Various locations.
This Mother’s Day Weekend 2016 planning guide will assist you in choosing a show, concert or dance performance, or soak in the latest exhibition at a museum or art gallery. And check the Dining Out Guide that accompanies each event for restaurant suggestions provided by the RAMW.

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Artist Fellowship Program (AFP) Grantee: Tatiana Gulenkina Featured in Upcoming DC and Baltimore Shows

Location: Twelve12, 1212 4th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Exhibiting Artists: Tatiana Gulenkina and Amy Finkelstein
On view: May 1st – September 1st 2016

Installation view image courtesy of the artist
Installation view, image courtesy of the artist

Both artists in this show produce abstract photographs that deal with time and transformation. Amy Finkelstein’s C prints from 8×10 negatives capture the movement of ink. Tatiana Gulenkina’s pieces belong to a body of work called Six Hours, a series of multiple- and long-exposure images of slowly melting bodies of ice that explore the intersection of political and poetic, collective and personal.

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Untitled #17, Six Hours, 2015, 20” x 30” digital C print on Kodak Endura paper, image courtesy of the artist

Tatiana and Amy, along with a photo-based artist Kei Ito, will also be exhibiting this summer at Full Circle Gallery in Baltimore, MD as a part of Gallery Network shows taking place in conjunction with Artscape festival and Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize finalists exhibition.

Analogue Dialogue

Kei Ito, Tatiana Gulenkina, Amy Finkelstein

June 25 – August 6

33 E 21st St, Baltimore, MD 21218

Opening reception: June 25, 5-8 pm

Curated by Ajay Malghan, the show explores how “…darkrooms still prove magnificent caves of mystery with three photographic artists who are connected through their use of chromogenic printing. The dialogue between these artists’ work describes how process is critical to form. Here, the language of optical photographic exposures on paper speak of experimentation, technical exactitude, and still new ways of utilizing non-digital photographic materials. Within this experiential topography, these artists draw on such concepts as personal history and bodily rhythms, the intuitive states of the creative process, and the choreography of creation in art making.”

Untitled #11 Things Merging and Falling Apart 2012
Untitled #11, Things Merging and Falling Apart, 2012, 16” x 20” C type photogram on Fufifilm Crystal Archive paper, image courtesy of the artist

Tatiana will be showing photograms from her on-going series Things Merging and Falling Apart, created in a color darkroom using long exposures. You can see more of her work at

Featured Grantee: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW)


Generosity – it would seem that we all know what it is.  We certainly know people who personify it.  It’s that human quality that causes us to act in a giving way at some cost to ourselves.  As kids, we learn that sharing something freely that we value highly is an act of generosity.  In maturing, we learn that generosity does not always involve something concrete.  And, if we are lucky, we learn that giving is an act that returns to us many times over often in ways that we don’t expect.

The arts teach us many things and one of the greatest is generosity.  Through the arts, we learn the meaning of community which is sustained by generosity.  Generosity leads us to honor the voices of those who are different from ourselves and to explore unfamiliar concepts and worlds.

Generosity in an artist – what is that?  It is not exactly quantifiable but is, nevertheless, recognizable. It comes from the soul and is a gift to those who are willing to receive.  When an artist invites us in to her/his vision and craft, we immediately sense the importance of this gift.   When an artist presents a song and creates a listening silence in the audience, we recognize generosity, manifested in an ending note that no one in the audience wants to disturb with the sound of clapping.

Generosity packaged in the form of the incomparable Suede is coming to town for two very special concerts to benefit the tuition assistance program of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW)*.  Suede understands the importance of the arts as a path to the soul.  As a consummate singer and entertainer, she always provides a spell-binding concert that delivers her soul right to you wherever you are sitting.  In the course of a concert, Suede will play the piano, guitar, trumpet, and the lip-trumpet and she will make you laugh.

You have two special nights to experience Suede:  Thursday, May 5th, 7:30 PM, Atlas Performing Arts Center and Friday, May 6th, 7:30 PM at CHAW.  Tickets for both concerts can be purchased at:   Tickets for the Atlas performance range from $30-50.  Suede’s concert on Friday, May 6th will be in CHAW’s black box theater, which will provide a special intimacy to her performance.  Tickets for May 6th are $160 and include the performance, food and drink, a live auction with Marcus Kyd of Taffety Punk Theatre Company in charge, and a chance to mingle with Suede and your friends and neighbors.

Buy your tickets today!  Don’t miss this chance to hear the generous Suede as she returns to DC after 8 years.

Thank you for your generosity to CHAW over 44 years!  We would not be here without you.

Jill Strachan
CHAW Executive Director

*Last year, CHAW provided $60,000 in tuition assistance, primarily to children who do not have access to the arts.  CHAW has never turned a child away for inability to pay tuition.

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Featured Grantee: Arena Stage

VON LogoWhat does freedom feel like?

Ask a member of the Jefferson Academy Voices of Now Ensemble, and she might respond with a poem, or a dance—or both at the same time. Since January, these 10 girls have met twice each week to talk about their experiences with restrictions, decision-making, navigating risk, deciding whom to trust, and learning to take leaps. The culmination of their work will be a 15-20 minute performance piece titled “Free Fall,” presented alongside nine other original, student-created works at the Voices of Now Festival, held May 18-21 in Arena Stage’s Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle.

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Members of the Jefferson Ensemble during a Voices of Now rehearsal

“Free Fall” will be the first Voices of Now (VON) performance ever to include a fully choreographed dance piece, but only one in the program’s long history of truly unique student presentations. Created by Arena Stage teaching artists in 2002, the program has expanded to serve hundreds of students in the D.C.-Metro area and beyond. This exponential expansion is thanks in part to the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which has sponsored the Jefferson Ensemble for the past two years and this year also sponsors an ensemble with the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing. VON plays are fast-paced, collaboratively written, physical theater pieces that pose challenging social questions relevant to the artists and their communities. The plays investigate those questions through poetry, movement and the artists recounting their personal stories. One of the primary goals of the program is to create positive change within the artists’ communities by engaging in dialogue centered on young people’s daily experiences of their world. After each festival performance, we’ll continue that dialogue with a talkback, and add the voices of audience members like you to the ongoing discussion.

“I’ve learned to never underestimate my students,” said Jenna Murphy, one of Arena’s teaching artists working with the Jefferson group, referring not just to their talents but to the depth of their insights. Despite attending a school with no drama program, the girls of the Jefferson Ensemble bring remarkable creativity, thoughtfulness, understanding, and energy to the rehearsal room. Ms. Murphy learned quickly that among these girls, “expressing themselves physically is part of their culture,” and has been thrilled to harness that natural inclination, as well as a few of the students’ formal dance training, toward what will be one of the most compelling moments of the performance. It is sure to be a beautiful experience for the audience as well as an empowering one for the performers, who come to VON not only to hone their stage skills but also to learn that their stories are important. For many participants, the opportunity to give voice to their own thoughts will be transformative.

VON is just one of Arena Stage’s dynamic roster of Community Engagement offerings. From the early-literacy preschool program Moving Stories, to the full-time pre-professional opportunities of the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship Program, Arena is proud to bring artistic education and training to students of all ages in the Washington, D.C. community. Now in its 66th season, Arena Stage is a national center dedicated to American voices and artists. Arena Stage produces plays of all that is passionate, profound, deep and dangerous in the American spirit, and presents diverse and ground-breaking work from some of the best artists around the country. Through VON, Arena’s teaching artists foster the voices of the next generation of American artists, right here in Washington, D.C. We cordially invite you to join us at the Voices of Now Festival May 18-21, 2016 and hear them for yourself!

The Voices of Now Festival is FREE, but reservations are required. Tickets can be reserved through our website, or by calling the Arena Stage Box Office at 202-488-3300.

Featured Grantee: The Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

Check out the Smith Center‘s recent coverage on their January Exhibition, The Night and the Desert Know Me featured on Allhura TV, a television station based in the Middle East.

Please note the video coverage is primarily in Arabic, with some English commentary in between.

Part I

Part II




ADVISORY: Poetry Out Loud 2016 National Finals in Washington, DC, May 3-4, 2016

April 28, 2016

NEA Contact: Sally Gifford, 202-682-5606
Poetry Foundation Contact: Elizabeth Burke-Dain, 773-368-4928


Poetry Out Loud 2016 National Finals in Washington, DC, May 3-4, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, May 3, 53 high school students who advanced from poetry recitation competitions in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will gather to match their skills in reciting classic and contemporary poetry in the 2016 National Semifinals of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition takes place at Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. Nine finalists will proceed to the finals on Wednesday, May 4, where they will vie for the title of National Poetry Out Loud Champion and a $20,000 award. The top finalists and their schools will receive $50,000 in awards. The semifinals and finals will be webcast live with viewing parties around the country. Poetry Out Loud is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation and is administered together with the state arts agencies in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

WHO: Poetry Out Loud National Finals– Host, Elizabeth Acevedo, award-winning poet. Guest judges include Alice Quinn, executive director of the Poetry Society of America; authors Jacqueline Woodson and Virgil Suárez; playwright and poetry slam champion José Antonio Vadi; and actor Chris Sarandon. The featured performer is hip-hop artist and multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon.

WHEN/WHERE:  Poetry Out Loud National Semifinals – Tuesday, May 3, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm ET, Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University, 730 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC.  Media interviews offered after each round.

• 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – First Semifinal: students from East Central and Northeast States
(in order: NY, RI, DE, CT, NH, ME, MA, PA, DC, SC, MD, NC, NJ, VT, WV, OH, USVI, VA)
• 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Second Semifinal: students from Midwest and South Central states
(in order: NE, AR, WI, MS, IN, PR, KY, GA, LA, TN, MO, MI, OK, IL, FL, AL, KS, IA)
• 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Third Semifinal: students from Upper Northwest and Western states
(in order: MN, CO, NM, MT, WA, NV, WY, ND, CA, UT, ID, OR, AK, TX, SD, HI, AZ)

Poetry Out Loud National Finals – Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm ET, Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC. Pre-event interviews with the nine national finalists are at 6:00 – 6:30 pm. Post-event photos and interviews with finalists, judges, and speakers take place onstage, 9:15 – 9:45 pm.

OTHER:  The Poetry Out Loud Semifinals and National Finals are free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. Both events will offer ASL interpretation. For more information call 202-682-5606 or visit

WEBCAST: Watch the semifinals and finals through a closed captioned, one-time-only webcast at

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Photos and video of #POL16 Semifinals and Finals will be available at this link.

FOLLOW: Poetry Out Loud is on Twitter at @PoetryOutLoud and @NEAarts, #POL16.

CONTACT: Media must RSVP to Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs, 202-682-5606 or Video crews covering the Wednesday night National Finals must arrive by 6:45 pm to reserve a space. No flash photography.

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Arquetopia Artist Residencies in Southern Mexico

Applications are processed when received vs. waiting for the deadline to pass.

Arquetopia website:
E-mail for more information.

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Founded in 2009 in Puebla, Arquetopia is an international 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, and many have returned multiple times. Our Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, writers, journalists, culinary professionals, and cultural researchers age 25 and over.

We are pleased to announce the spectacular new Arquetopia residency space and studios in Puebla’s majestic central historic district (click here to see our new Puebla residency space). We are also excited to announce our beautiful new residency space in the Oaxaca countryside (click here to see our new Oaxaca residency space).

Arquetopia and Arquetopia Oaxaca are currently welcoming applications for the following residencies offered in Fall 2016:

1. Self-Directed Artist Residencies Fall 2016:
Art, Design, or Photography Production – Puebla
Self-directed terms of 4 to 12 weeks in the majestic city of Puebla.

2. Mexican Ceramics Special Artist Residency Fall 2016 – Puebla
Self-directed terms of 6 to 12 weeks in the majestic city of Puebla. Residents produce work at a prominent ceramics factory studio in the central historic district of Puebla, working alongside the factory’s artists.

3. Gold Gilding and Estofado Instructional Artist Residency Fall 2016 – Puebla
Terms of 3 weeks with master instruction in various art techniques, with time for independent production, at a prominent art museum in Puebla’s majestic central historic district. Extendable for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency.

4. Natural Pigments Instructional Artist Residency Fall 2016 – Oaxaca
Terms of 3 weeks in with master instruction in making and using various natural pigments, with time for independent production, in the peaceful countryside of Oaxaca. Extendable for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency.

5. Novohispanic Arts Instructional Artist Residency Fall 2016: Painting – Puebla
Terms of 3 weeks in with master instruction in Novohispanic Painting, Sculpture Architecture, or Graphic Arts, with time for independent production, in the majestic city of Puebla. Extendable for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency.

6. Printmaking Special Artist Residency Fall 2016 – Puebla
Self-directed terms of 4 to 12 weeks in the majestic city of Puebla. Residents produce work at a prominent printmaking museum and studio in Puebla’s central historic district, working alongside the museum’s artists.

7. Mexican Textiles Instructional Artist Residency Fall 2016: Embroidery – Oaxaca
Terms of 3 weeks with master instruction in traditional Mexican embroidery, with time for independent production, in the peaceful countryside of Oaxaca. Extendable for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency.

8. Mexican Textiles Instructional Artist Residency Fall 2016: Weaving – Oaxaca
Terms of 3 weeks with master instruction in traditional back-strap weaving, with time for independent production, in the peaceful countryside of Oaxaca. Extendable for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency.

9. Writers Residency Fall 2016 – Oaxaca
Self-directed terms of 3 to 8 weeks in the peaceful countryside of Oaxaca.

Visit the Arquetopia website at
E-mail for complete information including program fees.
Complete and submit the Arquetopia Artist-in-Residence Online Application Form, following the instructions on the web page.
Following selection, applicants are notified immediately via e-mail.
Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique residency programs with substantial content. In contrast to various property rental schemes, tourist resorts, B&B’s, and sublets, our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include structured, informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and individualized project support.

Arquetopia is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our diverse local and international community. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds vary in all aspects. As part of Arquetopia’s mission is to promote diversity, Arquetopia actively fights discrimination by offering access to its programs and activities without regard to race, color, gender or gender expression, national origin, age, religion, creed, or sexual orientation.

Arts in Foggy Bottom Presents Turf and Terrain, The 2016 Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial

AinFB-web-banner-2Fifth Biennial from D.C.’s Leading Presenter of Public Art on View May 14–October 22

Washington, D.C.—Arts in Foggy Bottom, Washington’s award-winning public art program, will present Turf and Terrain, the fifth Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, from Saturday, May 14 through Saturday, October 22. The exhibition, selected by Washington-based curator Danielle O’Steen, will feature 13 new contemporary sculptures, new media installations, and performances by 14 local, regional, and international artists. All works will be displayed in front of private homes throughout the Foggy Bottom Historic District between 24th and 26th Streets NW, and H and K Streets NW (located near the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stop). The five-month exhibition is free and open to the public.

Turf and Terrain artists will engage the legacy of historic Foggy Bottom by creating site-responsive artworks that range from the figural, the abstract, and even the fantastical. With the combined efforts of the show’s curator, emerging and established artists, and Foggy Bottom residents, this exhibition will highlight the history of this unique neighborhood, its vibrant present, and its imagined future.

“This year’s exhibition is focused on creating expanded landscapes, which will stand in direct dialogue with the neighborhood’s architecture and rich history,” says O’Steen. “The selected works will respond to their chosen sites while also exploring the boundaries of what qualifies as outdoor sculpture.”

Turf and Terrain will feature works by the following artists: Benjamin Andrew, Eames Armstrong, Becky Borlan, Krista Caballero and Frank Ekeberg, Brian Davis, Lisa Dillin, Rob Hackett, Nicole Herbert, Patrick McDonough, Jonathan Monaghan, Lindsay Pichaske, Dane Winkler, and Julie Zirlin.

Arts in Foggy Bottom will host free curator and artist-led tours and workshops throughout the course of the exhibition. These tours will address the artwork and highlight the art’s connection to the historic Foggy Bottom community. Visitors are also encouraged to tour the exhibition at their convenience. Self-guided tour brochures will be located at each sculpture site in addition to downloadable programs on the Arts in Foggy Bottom website.

For more information about Turf and Terrain, the 2016 Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, and to view photographs from past shows, visit


WHAT: Arts in Foggy Bottom, Washington’s award-winning public art presenter, returns this spring for its fifth biennial exhibition, Turf and Terrain, on view May 14 through October 22. The opening weekend of events kicks off May 14.

WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 (tour meeting point in front of the yellow house on 842 New Hampshire Ave. NW). Turf and Terrain public artworks will be installed in front of homes in the Foggy Bottom Historic District between 24th and 26th Streets NW, and H and K Streets NW. All events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 14
4 p.m.: Walking tour led by Turf and Terrain curator Danielle O’Steen with artists’ comments at each artwork site
5:30 -7 p.m.: Reception at the Watergate Gallery (2552 Virginia Ave. NW)

Sunday, May 15
6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.: Following an introduction by curator Danielle O’Steen, Washington-based performance artist Eames Armstrong will perform their Turf and Terrain work, Fog, along the exhibition’s path

Danielle O’Steen is an independent curator and critic based in Washington, D.C. A New York City native, she has curated several exhibitions in the Washington area, including at the Arlington Arts Center, the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Flashpoint Gallery, and Gallery 102 at The George Washington University. She has worked in the curatorial departments at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, and The Phillips Collection, and has contributed to publications such as Art + Auction,, Art Papers, and The Washington Post. She received her master’s degree in art history at The George Washington University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she focuses on postwar and contemporary art.

Inspired by the history of Foggy Bottom, Eames Armstrong reclaims the written past. Using the neighborhood’s sidewalks as their canvas, the artist will write a collections of texts—their own and those by historic authors—on the brick paths using water and a paintbrush. By writing in water, a simple material yet essential for life, Armstrong inscribes a text that will quickly fade, offering a meditation on the often-futile process of capturing memory, history, and legacy. A durational performance that traces the path of Turf and Terrain, Fog will be performed on three occasions for three hours each time. Each performance will mark the passing of the day, centering on the sunset for the three seasons of the exhibition: Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Arts in Foggy Bottom, founded in 2007 by Foggy Bottom residents Jackie Lemire, Jill Nevius and Mary Kay Shaw, sponsors outdoor sculpture exhibitions in the Foggy Bottom Historic District of Washington, D.C. on a biennial basis. Its mission is to foster creativity and community dialogue by serving as a conduit for expression through the arts and providing exhibition space to emerging and established artists. Six works have become a permanent part of the neighborhood since the first Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial in 2008. In 2009, Arts in Foggy Bottom was a recipient of the District of Columbia Mayor’s Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts. Arts in Foggy Bottom is supported by the Foggy Bottom Defense and Improvement Corporation.

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CultureCapital – Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels

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

Hernan Illescas (Ecuador): Our Environment – From Dream to MemoryHernan Illescas
IDB Staff Association Art Gallery. Fri.
Imperfect beauty, oxygen, deforestation, memories of the land, and the freedom to exist, stand out as themes in Illescas’ works of art, embodied by fish attempting to survive in the dark magma and by species forced to leave their habitats which are symbolically locked in small planets to stay alive as remnants of the flora and fauna.

Portrait Discovery Kits (3)Portrait Discovery Kits
National Portrait Gallery. Sat. & Sun.
Portrait Discovery Kits are an interactive and imaginative way for visitors to learn more about people who are in the National Portrait Gallery. The kits offer a self-guided tour, “Seek and Find” cards, “Portrait Detective” and “Historian Guides” and a “Compare and Contrast” activity using a doll.

Rodgers and Hammer[steins]: Musical Theatre Cheer and Beer with the Choral Arts Young PatronsRodgers & Hammersteins
Choral Arts Society at The Black Squirrel. Sun.
Join the Choral Arts Young Patrons for an evening of Broadway show tunes… performed by you! That’s right, we’re hosting a karaoke night with some of your favorite show tunes – think The Sound of Music, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, and Rent – with a live pianist and backup singers from Choral Arts.

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