The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, organizations and patrons of the arts. Mayor’s Arts Awards are presented in the following categories: Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Outstanding Emerging Artist, Innovation in the Arts and Outstanding Service to the Arts. In addition, Mayor’s Arts Awards for Teaching are presented in Language Arts, Performing Arts and Visual Arts.
Since its inception in 1981, the Mayor’s Arts Awards has recognized artistic excellence and service among artists, organizations, and patrons in the District, while bringing awareness to the presence and vitality of the arts community in the city through on-stage performances. Past Award recipients include extraordinary members of our community including Leonard Slatkin, Roberta Flack, Shirley Horn, Peggy Cooper Cafritz, George Stevens, Howard University’s Division of Fine Arts and Sweet Honey in the Rock. The ceremony has attracted over 1,200 attendees including dignitaries, government officials, and distinguished awards presenters.
Check out this weekend’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels from CultureCapital.com, your link to the Arts in Metro DC.
Source Festival 2015
Source Festival debuts 24 original works for the stage including three Full-length plays, evenings full of 10-minute plays and more. Produced by CulturalDC and performed at the Source Theatre on 14th Street.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
In a world where heads always wins and pirates can happen to anyone, this fabulously inventive, existentialist tragicomedy thrusts two of Shakespeare’s most incidental characters into the limelight.
Rachel Schmidt: Forgotten Futures
Flashpoint Gallery. Forgotten Futures presents a series of sculptures, installations and animations that work in chorus to tell the future myth of the last elephant.
This is a profile of one of our 2015 Music on the Mall artists, Head-Roc.
Q: Are you from the Washington, DC area originally? A: Yes. I was born in DC proper and in my early years raised in Brightwood NW. Between 8-18 yrs of age I was raised in Hillcrest Heights, Marlow Heights, and Temple Hills, MD before returning back to my Brightwood NW roots as a Young Adult.
Q: Where have you studied/gone to school for your art? A: My mother is a gifted Visual Artist, and I am primarily a Self-taught artist that has benefitted tremendously from being in the company of other self-taught and classically trained artists (multidiscipline) within the community I come from.
Q: Favorite advice you’ve received from a teacher/mentor/colleague? A: “Never Give up Head-Roc… Keep Going… the People ABSOLUTELY support what you do.“ – All my Teahcers/Mentors/Colleageus.
Q: Favorite neighborhood in DC? A: Rock Creek Park (I know it’s not a neighborhood).
Q: Favorite food (and best place to get that in DC, if you want to share that, too)? A: My Salvadorian Friends with the outdoor Kitchen set up in the parking lot on 14th Street between Otis and Parkwood Sts. NW.
Q: Favorite game (board game, card game, video game, etc.) A: All Games played with my Daughter are my Favorite (Go Fish, Soccer, Capoeira, and Pretend Character Play).
Q: What book are you currently reading? A: “Funk” by Rickey Vincent.
Q: What is your motto? A: You GODISHEUS! (Pronounced Gotta-See-Us).
Q: What would your superpower be? A: My Super Power is unparalleled Communicative and Show rocking ability being decidedly Conscious Artist living my Life as Black Rock Star Super Hero!
Q: Three artists (living or dead) whom you would want to have dinner with? A: Nina Simone, Everyone in 3LG (DC Hip-Hop), Everyone in Infinite Loop (DC Hip-Hop).
[You can catch Head-Roc at Music on the Mall, on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.]
Thank you to everyone who has RSVP’ed so far. For everyone else who is still thinking about it, we put together this list of top 10 reasons to join us.
Is good for the body
Is good for the mind
Improves your balance
Helps your heart
Makes you happy
Is a way to meet new people
Is a way to feel connected to people
So start this weekend at an outdoor dance party with DJ’s spinning your favorite hits from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and today! Featuring DJ Quicksilva and DJ Rusty B with All Good Funk Alliance and line dance lessons by Music2YourFeet.
Superhero comic books, like hip hop, are a pure American art form. They were a form of escapism for a young, unathletic, suburban American nerd like me. Lately I’m less concerned with the melodramatic space operas and adolescent male power fantasies. Now I am interested in the vocabulary of comic book art: exaggeration, movement, energy, the interplay of sequential imagery, black contour line, and, most importantly, artificial, oversaturated color. First I dig through the pages of my comic book collection, or go searching for old issues in stores and on the internet, and then I excavate certain passages that emphasize that vocabulary. I reconstruct these splinters into landscape and still life collages. These compositions end up looking fragmented and abstract, like dreams, memories, or broken mirrors. The imagery is loud, rough, and bittersweet, similar to ‘ruin porn’ in the way that it aestheticizes destruction and violence.
My collages sometimes become the basis for screen prints. Before computers, separators colored comics by hand using a four-color (CMYK) method. For instance, separators would print a yellow ink over a blue ink in order to achieve a green color. I use screen printing to mimic this process.
I couldn’t resist applying for Designed to Recycle because it sounded super freaking cool. But more importantly, the Designed to Recycle project presented me with a magical, alchemical opportunity to translate the imagery I’ve been working with onto a larger, movable scale, and to transform something familiar and mundane into something intriguing and unexpected. The way I use collage is similar to recycling: taking discarded fragments, breathing new life into them, and reconstituting them into a new, different whole. To make the artwork for my truck, I took my process a step further and collaged together sections from my screen prints. I was looking for passages that emphasized movement, energy, and the juxtaposition of abstract and familiar imagery. I named the truck “The Cap City Cruncher” because I was thinking about how cool it would be to enter this baby in a monster truck rally. I’m so excited about how the truck looks in real life and so glad that I get to share my artwork with the city in this way. If you see it in the streets, take a pic and send it to me. And don’t forget to recycle!
[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 be wrapped in the work of local artists.]
The Greater Denton Arts Council announces the opening of its 2016 Call for Entries for the 29th annual Materials: Hard & Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard & Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Drawing hundreds of applications from across the United States each year, approximately 70 works will be selected for exhibition by our 2016 Juror, Elizabeth Kozlowski. As the curator of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Kozlowki has over 12 years of curatorial and gallery experience with a specialty in contemporary ceramics. Of the works selected, Juror Awards in the amounts of $1,000, $750, $500 and $250 will be presented.
NEW! Online submissions and prospectus available at dentonarts.com/materials-hard-and-soft
SUBMISSION DEADLINE | September 4, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.
2016 EXHIBITION | February 5 – April 1, 2016 at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts in Denton, Texas.
Did you know that social dancing is the most popular form of art-making or art-sharing in the nation? The National Endowment for the Arts survey on Public Participation in the Arts reported that: “nearly one in three adults (32 percent) danced at weddings, clubs, or other social settings”.
So start your weekend at an outdoor dance party with DJ’s spinning your favorite hits from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and today! Featuring DJ Quicksilva and DJ Rusty B with All Good Funk Alliance and line dance lessons by Music2YourFeet.