Tuesday, October 13, 2009

We've Moved!

Thank you to everyone who has been reading our blog. The DC Creates! Public Art blog has moved to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities blog. Please see the link to stay updated on what we are doing: http://thedcarts.wordpress.com/public-art/.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Deadline: FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2009 at 5:30pm
Artist Honorarium: $2,500

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in collaboration with DC Public Library is seeking East-of-the-River artists, including writers, to submit proposals for four prominent areas inside the new Benning and Anacostia Libraries which are expected to open in the spring of 2010. The proposed artwork sites provide artists and writers the opportunity to display their work in a large-scale format in a public building.

Link to the call!

Contact Rachel Dickerson at rachel.dickerson@dc.gov
(202) 724-5613 phone
(202) 727-3148 TDD

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

London artist makes living monument in Trafalgar Square!

Sculptor Antony Gormley is inviting UK residents and visitors to spend one hour atop Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth. This empty public space, originally intended for statues of kings and generals, will house one member of the public each hour for 100 days this summer, nonstop. The artist intends to elevate everyday citizens and their lives to the status of monumental art, encouraging reflection on the individual in contemporary society.
2400 lucky volunteers are invited to do what they please atop the Fourth Plinth- and some have chosen some interesting activities…
on streaming video!

Monday, June 29, 2009

ART BANK 2009 Call to Artists

Deadline: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is purchasing artwork to be part of the District of Columbia’s 2009 Art Bank Program. The Art Bank is a growing collection of moveable works funded through DC Creates Public Art Program.

Works in the collection are owned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and are loaned to other District government agencies for display in public areas of government buildings. This collection helps preserve the city’s past and is an important legacy for future generations. Currently, nearly 2000 artworks are on display in over 150 District government agencies. This is an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work as part of our continued commitment to supporting our vibrant artistic community and its excellence.

For more information, email Rachel Dickerson or call (202) 724-5613. Download the application*


Deadline: Friday, August 14, 2009 at 5.30pm
Budget: $250,000

The DC Creates! Public Art Program at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), in collaboration with the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority, Art in Transit Program (WMATA) and the Takoma community, seek an artist or art team to design, create, and install artwork that will be located within the Takoma Metro underpass. The goal of this project is to create a vibrant and inviting gateway to the Takoma DC community. The colorful artwork will provide an “avenue” for residents, commuters and visitors to enjoy, admire and revitalize the community as well as express the unique story of historic Takoma.
Link to the application


Contact Rachel Dickerson
(202) 724-5613 phone
(202) 727-3148 TDD


DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
1371 Harvard Street NW
Washington DC 20009
Attn: Rachel Dickerson, DC Creates Public Arts Manager
Takoma Metro Public Art Project

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Art Salon - Monday June 1

Join the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities for Art Salon--
a monthly convergence of artists, techies, green-collars, art enthusiasts
and educators that are creating the momentum for the new era of art.

Art Salon is modeled after the Paris salons of the late 19th century to inspire and
provoke the minds of the creative community.

7pm to 10pm
Event Designed by Beth Baldwin | Soundscapes by DJ Harry Dixon

Each month, we gather at a different location.
This month, we invite you to converge @

55 M Street SE 7th Fl.
above the Navy Yard Metro station (Green Line)
RSVP: dccahevents@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

It's Grant Time!

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is renewing its commitment to supporting local artists and arts organizations through its distribution of grants for the fiscal year 2010 grant season. According to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the District of Columbia ranks first among states in per capita investment in the arts.

Executing world-class arts and cultural programming requires a joint effort of the Commission and the nonprofit organizations it serves. The Commission is dedicated to growing and retaining the city’s artist-community base by offering free grant writing assistance. Resources include an online instructional video; one-on-one appointments with program coordinators; technical assistance workshops on “Workshop Wednesdays” with webinar access; and a new public resource center with computer workstations located within the Commission’s office that are available weekdays from 1 pm to 4 pm.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, programs and educational activities that encourage diverse artistic expression and learning opportunities, so that all District of Columbia residents and visitors can experience the rich culture of the city. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is an agency funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on grant opportunities, or to receive a grant application, call (202) 724-5613 or visit www.dcarts.dc.gov.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Artistic Bike Rack Dedication

Mayor Fenty and Councilmember Wells to Join DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the District Department of Transportation for

Bike Rack Dedication

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in collaboration with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Well's will mark the completion of twenty-eight artistically designed bike racks by six local artists.

The artists whose designs were selected are Matt Barinholtz, Karin Edgett, William Gordon, Carolina Mayorga, Melinda Merinsky and Joe Sutliff. All six bike rack designs will be displayed at the dedication event.

The DC Creates Public Art Artistic Bike Rack proposal invited local artists to enhance the city’s standard bike racks and create unique designs that could be placed in locations city-wide. Artists were encouraged to incorporate their interpretation of the “DC experience” into their artwork as well as consider particular locations for the placement of the work. The intent of the project is to encourage more people to use bicycles and increase the number of bike racks throughout the city that are both functional and artistic.

For more information contact Deirdre Ehlen at Deirdre.Ehlen@dc.gov or 202-724-5613.