Friday, September 26, 2014

29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Call for Artists

Deadline: Tuesday, September 30
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards in the fall of 2014. In addition to revealing winners in five arts and three teaching categories, the program will celebrate the District’s creative industries in the arts and entertainment community.  The Mayor’s Arts Awards and Mayor’s Awards for Arts Teaching are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts.
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is seeking DC resident artists in all arts disciplines–dance, music, theatre, spoken word, etc.– to volunteer to be part of the opening number of the 2014 Awards Ceremony. Artists, ages 10 and above, at any level and of any artistic discipline are encouraged to participate in an exciting parade-like opening to showcase the arts.
Participants must be a DC based artist (includes arts educators, theatrical technicians, art administrators, etc.) and available on the day of the event and the rehearsal day-Tuesday and Wednesday, October 28th (3:00 – 6:00 p.m.) and October 29th (5:30 – 7 p.m.) The rehearsal and main event will take place at Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University, 730 21st Street, NW, WDC 20052.
If interested in participating, please send an email with the following information included:
  • Name
  • Organization (optional)
  • Artistic Discipline
  • Age
  • Cell Number
If a minor (under the age of 18), include:
  • Parent’s name
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
All participants will be contacted directly with an image release waiver, rehearsal schedule and outline of performance. Deadline to register for participation is Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
Email all information to

Monday, September 15, 2014

Emerge Fine Art in Houston

Please join Emerge Fine Art for the Houston Fine Art Fair

September 18 -21

Booth #406


Anne Marchand, Water Wheel, 36 x 36"

Artists Represented: 
Anne Marchand, Bob Rankin, Piero Zuccaro
 September 18 - Opening Night Preview 

Benefits Asia Society Texas Center @
NRG Center (formerly Reliant), Houston, TX

Phone (919) 380-4470
info [at]

Peter Quinn, Mei Mei Chang & Mariah Anne Johnson at Montgomery College

Montgomery College’s new Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents Peter Quinn’s Gravity Drawings: The Mark, Action, and Motion in the Open Gallery. The exhibit will open September 22nd, with a reception on September 25th from 6–8 p.m. 

Gravity Drawings kicks off the Open Gallery’s new themed season, Mark, Trace, Impact. Peter Quinn’s charcoal drawings are a collaboration between the artist and gravity. Rolling a burnt sphere of wood on a sheet of paper, Peter creates dynamic, unexpected, and evocative forms. 

September 22– November 6
Reception Thursday, September 25 from 6–8 p.m
at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, where the gallery is located. 


Mei Mei Chang & Mariah Anne Johnson Exhibit at the King Street Gallery
DC‐based artists Mei Mei Chang and Mariah Anne Johnson, both artists‐in‐residence at Montgomery College, present new installation‐based works at the King Street Gallery. These colorful works will transform the gallery and encourage viewers to engage with space in new ways. 

September 15–October 16 at the King Street Gallery.
Reception Thursday, September 25 from 6–8 p.m. 
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center
930 King Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910

La Bestia, Sweet Mother (An Immigrant's Tale): from New York's East Village to theTakoma Park Community Center, September 27, 2014

La BestiaSweet Mother,
An Immigrant's Tale

A bit of New York City's East Village comes to Takoma Park

Saturday September 27, 2014. 7:30 pm 

The Theater at the Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Contact: Emily Cohen, Management Assistant, 301-891-7266
EmilyC @

La Bestia: Sweet Mother, An Immigrant's Tale is a musical and dance performance which was developed and debuted in New York's East Village in 2014, having played at Theater for the New City, as well as the 14th Street Y Theater.  This dance/music event is a ballad which tells the story of Valencia, a Honduran immigrant who suffers indignities and threats to live her dream: coming to the United States to start a new life.  It is told as myth, a story within a story within a story, bringing together the timeless and the particular. 
The musical component, created by Desiree Miller (Cello) and Becca Weiss (singer) underscores the libretto (by Tom Block) with virtuosity and a variety of styles.  The concert will include a special guest appearance by Liz Higgins, who will dance her own original choreography, created for this show.  Liz has traveled the world dancing for the Nikolai Dance Company, as well as dancing at the Joyce Theater (NY), Kennedy Center (DC) and many other venues around the country and world.
Music reviewer Colin McGuire (Frederick, MD News-Post) noted: "Impressive and ambitious don’t even begin to scratch the surface. Becca Weiss has a richly perky voice that jumps from spoken-word to harmony-laden on a dime. Paired with cellist Desiree Miller, who fills out an empty background with a palate of colors that would make Georgia O’Keeffe blush, the attack works fantastically . . . The level of difficulty behind “La Bestia: Sweet Mother” is both exceptional and uncommon.  Miller and Weiss wrote and performed the music, and while it was recorded in New York’s East Village, you almost want to believe it was created somewhere within the depths of your own psyche — the whole thing simply feels that personal.  An amalgam of talent combines with otherworldly goals here, and it all adds up to one big Wow."  
Running time 50 minutes, including dance.

Suggested donation: $10

CDs available for sale: $5

Friday, September 12, 2014

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 2014 Annual Meeting

The 2014 Annual Meeting
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
As members of the creative community your attendance, participation, and advice are vital to the success of our agency. We invite you to take part in our Annual Meeting and offer your feedback on how we can best serve the residents and visitors of the District of Columbia.
Please RSVP here by Friday, September 19th. We look forward to meeting with you. Again, thank you for your support.
Light refreshments will be served.
Limited seating, admittance as space is available.
Have questions about DCCAH 2014 Annual Meeting? Contact DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

AMEN: A Prayer for the World at the National Cathedral in Washington DC

31 August - October 6th, 2014

48 artists (30 from Egypt and 18 Western artists) were given a life sized fiberglass figure in prayer to do with as they saw fit. DMV artist Lilianne Milgrom created an interactive installation whereby the public can participate by scanning the code directly off her angel, or going to to send an anonymous silent or written prayer out into the world. I encourage readers to participate in the interactive installation! It only takes 12 seconds of your time.

The show is quite spectacular and  is open to the public all September through October 6 at the National Cathedral.  Lilianne Milgrom and another local artist, Lynn Goldstien, will be on hand September 20th between 1-3 PM.

at  the

National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

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