Washington Project for the Arts

Washington Project for the Arts WPA supports artist-driven projects, advocacy, and dialogue so that artists can live, work, and flourish. Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is an artist-centered catalyst for the creation and presentation of contemporary art.
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We are the only DC-area organization to support visual artists at all stages of their careers. WPA is in the process of converting from an artist-centered to a more artist-driven model. Future projects will be conceived and realized increasingly "by artists, for artists," meaning that artists will conceive, curate, produce, contextualize, and critique the majority of our activities. WPA was founded in 1975 by the art impresario Alice Denney, organizer of the legendary NOW Festival in 1966. Over the past four decades, and under the leadership of nearly a dozen directors, WPA has presented more than 500 exhibitions; 1,000 performances; 700 lectures, workshops, and symposia; 250 screenings; and 58 public art projects. Nearly ever major visual artist in the District between 1975 and today has had some connection with WPA. Many have sat on WPA’s Board of Directors, including William Christenberry, Gene Davis, Sherman Fleming, Sam Gilliam, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, and Maida Withers. Walter Hopps, the legendary curator, was also a board member. WPA has also brought hundreds of extraordinary artists and curators from outside the area to DC over the years. They include Robert Ashley, Alice Aycock, Eric Bogosian, Chris Burden, John Cage, Ullises Carrion, CoLab, Lucinda Childs, Simone Forti, Hollis Framp- ton, Group Material, Doug Hall, Deborah Hay, Jenny Holzer, David Ireland, Danny Lyon, Meredith Monk, Antonio Muntadas, Steve Paxton, Howardena Pin- dell, Adrian Piper, Nancy Rubins, Allison Saar, Jacoby Satterwhite, Carolee Schneemann, Joyce Scott, Alan Sekula, Nancy Spero, Haim Stainbach, Alan Suicide, Saya Woolfalk, Robert Wilson, among many others. In November 2015, WPA opened a new, street-level gallery space, making our programs more visible and more accessible. Our new venue consists of a project space for exhibitions, installations, talks, workshops, and intimate performances. Floor-to-ceiling windows and an all-glass garage-style door open up the interior to the street. WPA is located in the Atlantic Plumbing Building at 8th and V Sts. NW in an area newly dubbed North End Shaw. Our immediate neighbors include Howard University, Duke Ellington School of the Arts’ temporary home, the 9:30 Club, the Atlantic Plumbing Cinemas, Hamiltonian Gallery, and dozens of new restaurants and nightclubs.

Mission: CORE BELIEF A thriving arts community is essential to the enduring health of our society. VISION We envision our nation’s capital as a place that welcomes, values, and respects the presence and contributions of contemporary artists. MISSION WPA supports artist-driven projects, advocacy, and dialogue so that artists can live, work, and flourish. VALUES Collaboration -- We believe there is strength in people working together in partnership. Inclusion -- We believe in the power of a critical thinking and a diversity of viewpoints. Experimentation -- We believe in the courage to experiment, innovate, and face the unfamiliar.

Operating as usual

Beginning in January: “Notions of Exile”, a virtual exhibition and series of programs, co-curated by Fabiola R. Delgado ...
12/19/2020

Beginning in January: “Notions of Exile”, a virtual exhibition and series of programs, co-curated by Fabiola R. Delgado and Faride Mereb. The project explores the cultural influence of the largest recorded refugee crisis in the Americas—the forced migration of six million Venezuelans from their homeland—using Venezuelan writer and journalist Aquiles Nazoa’s stories of exile and migration as a metaphorical "table" around which the co-curators have gathered artists from Venezuela and its diaspora. "Notions of Exile" raises questions about how this story of exile is told and how words like mestizaje, a concept deeply ingrained in the Venezuelan collective psyche to describe assimilation, gain distinct meaning when home is somewhere new.

RSVP for the public programs here:
https://www.notionsofexile.com/

"Notions of Exile"Curated by Fabiola R. Delgado & Faride MerebJanuary 23–March 15, 2021https://www.notionsofexile.com/Th...
12/18/2020

"Notions of Exile"
Curated by Fabiola R. Delgado & Faride Mereb
January 23–March 15, 2021

https://www.notionsofexile.com/

The participants include: Génesis Alayón, Leonardo Almao, Miguel Braceli, Deborah Castillo, Alexander Chaparro, Gabriela García, Mercedes Golip, Samoel González, Franklin Hurtado, Diana López, Henry Rueda, Henry Solórzano, Ugo Ulive, Graciela Yáñez Vicentini, and Luis Moreno Villamediana

We are SO excited to announce the 12 recipients of Wherewithal Research Grants as part of The Andy Warhol Foundation for...
12/16/2020

We are SO excited to announce the 12 recipients of Wherewithal Research Grants as part of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Regranting Program. The twelve DC-based artists and collectives, each of whom will receive $5,000, are: Sobia Ahmad, CONTROL-ALT-DELETE, Ayana Zaire Cotton, janet e. dandridge, Jeremiah Edwards & Jeremiah Long, Curry Hackett, Michelle Lisa Herman, MJ Neuberger & Susan Main, Mojdeh Rezaeipour, Asha Adia Santee, Jessica Valoris, and Monsieur Zohore. Their research covers such wide-ranging subjects as ancestral memory, abolitionist technology, socio-ecological relationships, and the resurrection of now-forgotten performances.

Learn more at https://www.wherewithalgrants.org/

10/14/2020
WPA RESIDENCY

The deadline to apply for our one-time Artist-Organizer Residency is next Monday, October 19th! In addition to use of our project space, the residency will include a $1,000 stipend.

Details and application can be found here:
https://form.jotform.com/202447360822956

Please click the link to complete this form.

Thanks Rhizome DC! Deadline for the Artist-Organizer Residency is Monday, October 19 at 11:59 pm ET
10/08/2020
Rhizome DC

Thanks Rhizome DC! Deadline for the Artist-Organizer Residency is Monday, October 19 at 11:59 pm ET

Sharing this opportunity via Washington Project for the Arts

In response to how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our ability to host in-person events and exhibitions, WPA is offering our project space to an artist-organizer/artist-curator from the end of October through early January. In addition to the space, the residency will include a $1,000 stipend. We will prioritize applications from artist-organizers whose practices reflect our values of collaboration, experimentation, and inclusion, as well as artists able to use the space for an average of at least 20 hours per week.

https://www.wpadc.org/news/artist-organizer-residency-wpa

Artist-Organizer Residency at WPADeadline to apply: Monday, October 19 at 11:59 pm ETIn response to how the COVID-19 pan...
10/08/2020

Artist-Organizer Residency at WPA
Deadline to apply: Monday, October 19 at 11:59 pm ET

In response to how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our ability to host in-person events and exhibitions, WPA is offering our project space to an artist-organizer/artist-curator from mid-October through early January. In addition to the space, the residency will include a $1,000 stipend. We will prioritize applications from artist-organizers whose practices reflect our values of collaboration, experimentation, and inclusion.

Details and application can be found here: https://form.jotform.com/202447360822956

Image: Adrian Piper, The Mythic Being: Sol’s Drawing #2 of 5 (1974). Collection of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

New opportunity: Artist-Organizer ResidencyIn response to how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our ability to host in-...
10/02/2020
Artist-Organizer Residency at WPA | Washington Project for the Arts

New opportunity: Artist-Organizer Residency

In response to how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our ability to host in-person events and exhibitions, we are offering our project space to an artist-organizer/artist-curator from the end of October through early January. In addition to the space, the residency will include a $1,000 stipend.

⚡️Deadline to apply: Monday, October 19 at 11:59 pm ET⚡️

In response to how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our ability to host in-person events and exhibitions, WPA is offering our project space to an artist-organizer/artist-curator from mid-October through early January. In addition to the space, the residency will include a $1,000 stipend. We will ...

If you missed any of the amazing "KUVV" programs that took place over the past few weeks, all of the recordings are now ...
09/29/2020
KUVV: A multidisciplinary perfomance experiment on Vimeo

If you missed any of the amazing "KUVV" programs that took place over the past few weeks, all of the recordings are now available to watch here: https://vimeo.com/showcase/7609547

"KUVV" was curated by performance artist and choreographer Hayley Cutler in collaboration with seven incredible artists -- Emily Ames, Antonius and Theresa-Xuan Bui, Jamie Garcia, Akela Jaffi, Juliana Ponguta, and Vyette Tiya. We are grateful to all of them for sharing their practices so generously with us!

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is pleased to announce “KUVV,” a project exploring the relationship between home, familial lineage, and the body. Curated by DC-based, choreographer and performance artist Hayley Cutler, “KUVV” is a multidisciplinary performance and event series featurin...

BEGINNING NEXT WEEK:✨𝙆𝙐𝙑𝙑✨ is a multidisciplinary, collaborative performance and series of events exploring the relation...
08/28/2020
KUVV | Washington Project for the Arts

BEGINNING NEXT WEEK:✨𝙆𝙐𝙑𝙑✨ is a multidisciplinary, collaborative performance and series of events exploring the relationship between home, familial lineage, and the body organized by choreographer and performance artist Hayley Cutler (darlingdance company). The participating artists are Emily Ames, Antonius and Theresa-Xuan Bui, Jamie Garcia, Akela Jaffi, Juliana Ponguta, and Vyette Tiya.

📒 The first event is a participatory talk by artist and enthnomusicologist Tomie Hahn, “Any body Home?”
Thursday, September 3 from 7:30-8:30 pm ET

💫 Register to attend all of 𝙆𝙐𝙑𝙑’s virtual programs here: https://www.wpadc.org/exhibitions/kuvv

"KUVV" is a multidisciplinary, collaborative project organized by choreographer and performance artist Hayley Cutler, exploring the relationship between home, familial lineage, and the body. Cutler writes about the project, “To live in a body is to carry with you not only your immediate past but ...

"KUVV" September 3-26, 2020A collaborative performance experimentOrganized by choreographer and performance artist Hayle...
08/28/2020

"KUVV"
September 3-26, 2020
A collaborative performance experiment
Organized by choreographer and performance artist Hayley Cutler

Participating artists: Emily Ames, Antonius and Theresa-Xuan Bui, Jamie Garcia, Akela Jaffi, Juliana Ponguta, and Vyette Tiya

More info: https://www.wpadc.org/exhibitions/kuvv

08/12/2020
Bidding for HIGH FREQUENCY ends tomorrow!

Going once! Going Twice!

WPA’s ⚡️HIGH FREQUENCY⚡️ Benefit Auction is closing soon!

Register today to bid on unique works of art by over 100 amazing artists from the DC region and beyond. Your purchase directly benefits artists at a time when they need it most, and enables WPA to continue producing artist-driven programs now and into the future!

The auction closes at 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 13, so don’t miss out! Thank you for helping to keep DC's creative community vibrant and thriving.

Browse artworks and register to bid at Artsy.net/wpabenefit

We are at the halfway point of WPA's benefit sale ⚡️HIGH FREQUENCY: A Benefit Auction for Artists and WPA⚡️ and momentum...
08/06/2020

We are at the halfway point of WPA's benefit sale ⚡️HIGH FREQUENCY: A Benefit Auction for Artists and WPA⚡️ and momentum is building!

You have until August 13 to bid on these amazing artworks and show your support for artists and WPA.

Your bids today bring you one step closer to owning one of these unique artworks, and translate to direct support for artists and WPA.

Here are three works that are sparking interest right now by artists Joseph Orzal, Gabriel Martinez, linn meyers.

BID NOW at artsy.net/wpabenefit

⚡️NOW OPEN FOR BIDDING ⚡️HIGH FREQUENCY:Benefit Auction in Support of Artists and WPAJuly 30 - Aug 13, 2020Powered by @a...
07/30/2020
Washington Project for the Arts: HIGH FREQUENCY Benefit Auction 2020 | Artsy

⚡️NOW OPEN FOR BIDDING ⚡️
HIGH FREQUENCY:
Benefit Auction in Support of Artists and WPA
July 30 - Aug 13, 2020
Powered by @artsy

We are so excited to share this auction with you featuring a carefully curated selection of work by over 100 amazing artists. The sale will run for two weeks, closing at 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 13.

Thank you for supporting WPA and the artists we work with. We look forward to seeing your bids in the coming days!

Washington Project for the Arts x Artsy present Washington Project for the Arts: HIGH FREQUENCY Benefit Auction 2020. Founded in 1975 and based in Washington, DC, Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is a platform for collaborative and experimental artist-driven projects, dialogue, and advocacy. WP...

Our upcoming HIGH FREQUENCY benefit auction featured in District Fray Magazine: "This year, the auction will have 200 pi...
07/29/2020
Washington Project for the Arts Takes Annual Benefit Auction Online

Our upcoming HIGH FREQUENCY benefit auction featured in District Fray Magazine: "This year, the auction will have 200 pieces for sale from about 100 artists. In a nod to their anniversary, 45 artists taking part in the auction are representing a year in the organization’s history. These 45 have all worked with WPA during its lifetime, and five of them are MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant winners. In addition to featuring their own work, many of these artists recommended other budding artists whose work they felt deserved recognition."

Bidding opens on THIS Thursday, July 30 at 6:30pm!

#WPAauction Artsy #45yearsofWPA #artistdriven

The Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) has supported artists for 45 years through advocacy, dialogue and collaborating on artist-driven work. The nonprofit organization has been able to fund their projects and programs with donations from community members, and is committed to continue championin...

HIGH FREQUENCY benefit auction begins this Thursday! This is an opportunity to support WPA’s work, and to put money dire...
07/27/2020
PREVIEW: WPA's High Frequency Benefit Auction 2020 ⋆ BYT // Brightest Young Things

HIGH FREQUENCY benefit auction begins this Thursday! This is an opportunity to support WPA’s work, and to put money directly into artists’ pockets at a time when they need it most; the proceeds will be split 50/50 between WPA and the artists. And there's so much amazing art this year!

Thanks for the shout out Brightest Young Things ✨

The benefit auction goes virtual this year

UPDATES & NEW GRANT OPPORTUNITIES:◾️Since announcing the Wherewithal Recovery Grant program on April 7, WPA has awarded ...
06/23/2020
Wherewithal Grants

UPDATES & NEW GRANT OPPORTUNITIES:

◾️Since announcing the Wherewithal Recovery Grant program on April 7, WPA has awarded $80,000 in unrestricted grants to 80 DC-area artists whose income or opportunities have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The $1,000 grants are for immediate needs such as rent, food, childcare, and healthcare. WPA launched this program with the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional contributions have brought the fund to over $100,000 allowing us to announce a third round of Recovery Grants.

🔸Application Open for Next Round of Recovery Grants:
As the COVID-19 crisis magnifies racial disparities, WPA is aware of the financial challenges facing Black artists in the DC community. Understanding the long-reaching effects of systemic racism and injustice, WPA will prioritize Black applicants during this next round of funding. The $1,000 grants will be awarded on a bi-weekly basis until funds run out. The first deadline for applications is Friday, July 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

🔹PLUS Announcing Wherewithal Research Grants:
This grant opportunity enables DC-area visual artists to further their practices through research and idea development. The $5,000 grants can be used to compensate applicants for their intellectual labor, for costs associated with gaining access to specific resources, and/or to pay other artists and thinkers for their time and contributions. Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of artists and arts professionals. We anticipate awarding 12 grants. The application portal for Research Grants is open. The deadline is Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Wherewithal provides project-based support for visual art projects within the Beltway of Washington, DC. Courtesy of Washington Project for the Arts and The Warhol Foundation.

This is the last week of "Black Women as/and the Living Archive" curated by Tsedaye Makonnen! Join us for the final two ...
06/08/2020

This is the last week of "Black Women as/and the Living Archive" curated by Tsedaye Makonnen! Join us for the final two programs. The first is this Wednesday, June 10 from 7:30-9:00pm EST ~ PLEASURE MEMORY: A performance by Jasmine Hearn using embodied sound, storytelling, and dance

RSVP HERE: https://www.wpadc.org/events/pleasure-memory

Tomorrow at noon on Instagram Live! A reading by The Free Black Women's Library as part of "Black Women as/and the Livin...
05/26/2020

Tomorrow at noon on Instagram Live! A reading by The Free Black Women's Library as part of "Black Women as/and the Living Archive" curated by Tsedaye Makonnen

“Long ago, our ancestors looked at the sky and saw gods. Their ancestors saw only stars. In the end, only the earth knew the truth.” - an excerpt from Cloud Dragon Skies, a short story in the collection, HOW LONG ‘TIL BLACK FUTURE MONTH written by award winning author by N. K. Jemisin 💛💛💛

I will be reading this story tomorrow at noon eastern time, on Instagram Live - as a part of the virtual film, performance and talk series BLACK WOMAN as/and the LIVING ARCHIVE, presented by Washington Project for the Arts and curated by interdisciplinary artist Tsedaye Makonnen.
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I am excited to be taking part in this virtual art exhibition that centers and celebrates the ancestral and futuristic nature of Black womanhood & Black creativity.
It will also be my first time going live!!
A story about a dragon is a great place to start !! Tune in 🤸🏿‍♂️💛🌟 🤸🏿‍♂️

05/20/2020

We are thrilled to share the HIGH FREQUENCY digital auction catalog, providing you a preview of the amazing selection of artwork featured in the upcoming sale powered by Artsy! Now posted on wpahighfrequency.org! ⚡️⚡️⚡️
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Auction proceeds will be split between participating artists and WPA, providing direct support to the creative community at a time when it is needed most. Bidding starts June 4!

https://www.wpahighfrequency.org/

05/07/2020
Clip from Children of NAN: Mothership by Alisha Wormsley

‘Children of NAN: Mothership’ by Alisha B. Wormsley and ‘Cry of the Third Eye: The Last Resort’ by Lisa (Li) E. Harris are both available to watch on our website as part of 'Black Women as/and the Living Archive' curated by Tsedaye Makonnen through June 13th. In addition, you can watch the recording of Alisha & Li's double screeing and Q&A on our website (fast forward to 1 hr and 22 min if you just want to listen to their brilliant conversation).
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Watch both films and find details about upcoming programs here: https://www.wpadc.org/exhibitions/black-women-asand-living-archive

04/29/2020

Save the date for HIGH FREQUENCY: a benefit for artists and WPA from June 4-18, 2020. Hosted online in partnership with Artsy and featuring an amazing selection of works by over 90 artists.

Auction proceeds will be split between participating artists and WPA, enabling us to continue producing artist-driven programs throughout the year.

More details: https://www.wpahighfrequency.org/

ANNOUNCING: DC-based interdisciplinary artist Tsedaye Makonnen presents "Black Women as/and the Archive" a multi-part pr...
04/22/2020

ANNOUNCING: DC-based interdisciplinary artist Tsedaye Makonnen presents "Black Women as/and the Archive" a multi-part project aimed at initiating a conversation about the modes in which Black women encode, preserve, and share memory through community. Central to Makonnen's inquiry is "Children of NAN: Mothership", a recent film by Alisha B. Wormsley that functions as a metaphor for the survival and power of Black women in a dystopic future.

Over the course of six weeks, Makonnen will bring together Wormsley and many of the cast and collaborators of "Children of NAN: Mothership" for a film screening, a reading, two performances, and a discussion. The participants include artists Li Harris, Autumn Knight, and Jasmine Hearn. Additionally, Ola Ronke creator of The Free Black Women's Library contributes an annotated bibliography of five books, inspired by Wormsley's film.

More information and links to RSVP for programs here: https://www.wpadc.org/exhibitions/black-women-asand-living-archive

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WPA supports artist-driven projects, advocacy, and dialogue so that artists can live, work, and flourish.

WPA was founded in 1975 by the art impresario Alice Denney, organizer of the legendary NOW Festival in 1966. Over the past four decades, and under the leadership of nearly a dozen directors, WPA has presented more than 500 exhibitions; 1,000 performances; 700 lectures, workshops, and symposia; 250 screenings; and 58 public art projects. Nearly ever major visual artist in the District between 1975 and today has had some connection with WPA. Many have sat on WPA’s Board of Directors, including William Christenberry, Gene Davis, Sherman Fleming, Sam Gilliam, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, and Maida Withers. Walter Hopps, the legendary curator, was also a board member. WPA has also brought hundreds of extraordinary artists and curators from outside the area to DC over the years. They include Robert Ashley, Alice Aycock, Eric Bogosian, Chris Burden, John Cage, Ullises Carrion, CoLab, Lucinda Childs, Simone Forti, Hollis Framp- ton, Group Material, Doug Hall, Deborah Hay, Jenny Holzer, David Ireland, Danny Lyon, Meredith Monk, Antonio Muntadas, Steve Paxton, Howardena Pin- dell, Adrian Piper, Nancy Rubins, Allison Saar, Jacoby Satterwhite, Carolee Schneemann, Joyce Scott, Alan Sekula, Nancy Spero, Haim Stainbach, Alan Suicide, Saya Woolfalk, Robert Wilson, among many others.


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The 2nd Latin American Census of Contemporary Art has already begun. The 2nd Latin American Census of Contemporary Art is a collaborative initiative that takes place between November 1 and 30, 2020 to find out how many Artists and Contemporary Art Workers there are in Latin America, trying to determine where they live and work, what are their working conditions, and how they are organized and related to public and private Organizations and Institutions, and Art Management. With the 2020 Census data, we will be able to make comparative analyzes on how many artists and art workers make a living from their work through the sale of work or through pedagogy, if they go to other sources of work to support themselves, if they carry out their projects with competitive public funds, etc. We can also estimate the size of regional and provincial Local Art Scenes, which are fundamental in new art practices with the community. Sharing this information is extremely important to know the number of artists and their working conditions, which will allow the general public, artists and workers, organizations and public and private institutions to understand the effective influence of their work, their editorial lines and forms the organisation.
Know how strong you are - count your numbers! We all work under the same conditions with the same needs. There must be a census of artists in every neighborhood, every city, every county, every state, in every country.
Dear Washington Project for the Arts and Wherewithal Recovery Grants, I'm writing to you as an artist that has been adversely economically affected by the effects of COVID-19 in Washington DC. Unfortunately I'm also a tenant of your sponsoring organization the CAFRITZ FOUNDATION who gets its money from owning apartment buildings in the District and surrounding area. You should know that CAFRITZ makes millions of dollars a year off its tenants while treating those tenants as second-class citizens. We’ve had many reports in our buildings about racial disparities, particularly among non-documented persons as well as a general lack of concern about safety and well being of all tenants. I have to ask, how appropriate is it for WPA to be taking money from this institution that benefits from tax write offs while driving a wedge between progressive organizations like yours and the community at large? Nearly 40 million Americans are out of work and cannot pay their rent or mortgages and are at risk of being evicted or choosing not to eat or tend to their medical care needs. The CAFRITZ FOUNDATION is attempting to squeeze us to pay your grant money while refusing to do anything to help us and ultimately threatening us with evection. We have been asking for some time that they cancel rent but I guess they think they can buy good will with donations to charities that they get a tax write off for, while bleeding us dry. They can throw around money for artists, but refuse to assist hundreds of their tenants who cannot pay their rent due to the crisis. WPA Wherewithal Recovery Grants has been talked about a lot in tenant association meetings and we are not happy as fellow citizens with the operation as normal between your organization and CAFRITZ. Can you please explain why you collect so much money from CAFRITZ when they have an obligation to help those that make your grants possible, but instead let them go hungry and face eviction? I am asking that Washington Project for the Arts Wherewithal Recovery Grants inform the CAFRITZ FOUNDATION of this communication and that you are taking a stance with us, that they need to provide real humanitarian help to those that make them wealthy enough to support your efforts as noble as they are and redirect those resources until this emergency is over. I ask that you refuse taking any more funding from CAFRITZ until they have stopped their targeting of minorities and meet with the tenant associations in their buildings to discuss canceling rent. I'm going to attach a photograph of so my recent light art projections I did on one of their buildings calling for a (Rent Strike) as our entire community needs rent canceled. I hope I win so I can pay my rent next month and don’t end up homeless. Thank you Paul Sheehan
Thursday 4-5pm, free, limited tix still available -
Hello artists moms. If you work while having your little artists around. There is an Art Studio space for share at 52 O Street Studios where I work. Please contact me if you're interested ([email protected]). Thank you!
Not that many jobs in glass? Sure there are! We are currently hiring for a Studio Coordinator right now! Please share with any who may be interested.
This year's WPA Auction Gala is guaranteed to be a wonderful event. I had the pleasure of being one of six individuals to select the art this year...the artists and art are a diverse representation of the best of the region's contemporary art scene. I visited the ULINE Arena venue today, and it is a large, stunning space. If you haven't purchased tickets yet, I strongly encourage you to do so.
Columbia Pike Artists Studios (CPAS) artist Vlad Zabavskiy has solo show at the Suman Sorg Gallery (District Architecture Center), it is on view through Friday, November 17, 2017. The exhibition is organized by AIA|DC and curated by Scott Clowney. "See the hippest exhibition of the year… “On the Verge of Bizarre: Extraordinary Art by Vlad Zabavaskiy.” Vlad’s work is incredible 2-dimensionally, but it’s also wildly 3-dimensional when viewing with the aid of 3D CHROMADEPTH® Glasses. Trust us – you don’t want to miss the opportunity to experience his “Cubist-like but not Cubist inspired” paintings. They're playful and architectonic - almost other worldly." - AIA DC. https://www.aiadc.com/Vlad2017 Gallery Hours: Mon - Wed 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Thurs - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sat - Sun Closed Address: 421 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004 To see artworks by Vlad Zabavskiy online or to contact him, please visit: www.zabavskiy.com
Please allow us to pass along info about our Education Workshops the Artists and Creatives in your networks may find useful. Thank you! -WALA WALA Creative Entrepreneurs Series @ THEARC (Legal Issues for Creative Entrepreneurs) A series for creatives of all kinds who want to take the next step in their professional career by creating their own business. Explore the basics of forming a business for your creative endeavors, from deciding whether to incorporate as a non-profit or for-profit entity, to understanding copyrights and trademarks, to contract and negotiation skills, and finally to taxes and leases. The series comprises six sessions to be held on consecutive Wednesdays, starting Wednesday October 4th and continuing through Wednesday, November 8th, from 7pm - 9pm at THEARC Theatre. The series is free for WALA members, and $20 per workshop for non-members. The complete series includes: (Register for individual sessions by selecting from the dates below) Session #1: Wednesday, October 4th ~ Business Formation Presentation and Q & A with: Hardeep Grover, Tresquire Legal Services PLLC Session #2: Wednesday, October 11th ~ Copyright/Trademark Protection & Use Presentation and Q & A with: John D. Mason, Copyright Counselors & WALA Board President Session #3: Wednesday, October 18th ~ Negotiation Skills Presentation and Q & A with: Sandra Sellers, Technology Mediation Services Session #4: Wednesday, October 25th ~ Contracts/Licensing Presentation and Q & A with: Cynthia Gayton, Esq, Gayton Law Session #5: Wednesday, November 1st ~ Grants & Leases Presentation and Q & A with: India Pinkney - General Counsel, National Endowment for the Arts Session #6: Wednesday, November 10th ~ Tax Strategies Presentation and Q & A with: Benjamin Grosz, Ivins, Phillips & Barker and Benjamin Takis Tax-exempt Solutions For more information about the sessions, presenters, and to register please visit: https://walafallces2017.eventbrite.com or www.waladc.org/events
Dear Artist, We're writing about your labor, and how you choose to engage it. This letter is addressed to you in the singular because you are a worker in the singular. As Artist, you work alone and in competition with your peers. You are a speculator betting on your own unlikely success, and if you fail it’s because you have failed to work hard enough. You have no choice but to exploit not only yourself but also inadvertently all those working along the supply chain. You are a contracted subcontractor, a self-employed employer, and you are often unemployed—but without being anyone's employee your ability to organize is limited. None of this makes you singular, either as a worker or as a work force. These are the conditions under which many people labor today. What makes you singular is your willingness to work not for a low wage but for free. Artist, in as much we each enable exploitation we also have the capacity to resist it. And we need to do this now, during what is a critical moment of transition. Because as the slow motion transfer of presidential power has begun, so too has a preemptive nostalgia for a politically progressive art world and the calls to maintain it as such in the face of what's to come. But before we heed or make any calls in defense of progressive values, we have to come to terms with what’s wrong with the art world insofar as it’s built on and enriches itself through free labor. As it turns out, what’s wrong with the art world is no different than what’s wrong with the rest of the world. In fact it is the art world’s perception of itself as having a unique form of wrongness, as being other than—as being exceptional—that impedes it from realizing in material terms the political and moral claims it makes for itself in theoretical ones. The fact that over many decades little to no progress has been made to correct the systemic racism and institutionalized white supremacy that underpins it, despite ongoing attempts to demonstrate otherwise, makes clear just how unexceptional the art world really is. Even though it is made up of a for-profit and a non-profit sector, the world of art is an industry just like any other. All of its supporting institutions, including philanthropy, contribute to its perpetuation and growth as such, and all those who contribute to its economy by facilitating the production and distribution of art products, including and especially artists, are wholly unexceptional in their support for and exploitation by it. The role of art and artists within this multibillion-dollar industry is to serve capital—just like everyone else. But there is an important distinction between the role of artists in the art industry and our status. Unlike our role, our status can be described as exceptional. Even though our participation inevitably serves capital, artists are uniquely enabled to work both for and against it at the same time. Today institutions expect artists to question and attempt to subvert the aesthetic, political, material, social, and economic conditions from which we operate. This makes it sound like we get to have it both ways and it appears to be a privilege. But this privilege comes at a cost: our status is only exceptional as long as we don’t get paid. Here is the problem: we have been led to believe that getting paid to work against the very forces that render our art world an industry just like any other will render meaningless our political potential as artists. But think of it this way, not getting paid by an industry in which you and your work support a billionaire class and a transnational elite is precisely what renders meaningless your political potential as an artist. The demand to be paid is a political one. Here is what we must do: we must put our exceptionality to work. Putting our exceptionality to work means claiming the privilege of having it both ways. It means dissenting from the industry that we serve by demanding to be paid for the content we provide. And this demand can no longer be made on the basis of being an impoverished, marginalized, and exploited constituency. While there is still steep class stratification between artists, the art field is inarguably an elite one. This means that the demand for compensation must be made on behalf of a broader class struggle that extends well beyond the field’s impossibly high barriers to entry. W.A.G.E. agitates for the wholesale redistribution of resources within this industry and proposes forms of union building based on individual self-organization grounded in collective struggle that must take place laterally across class. Keep your ear to the ground. WAGENCY is coming. Most sincerely, Working Artists and the Greater Economy