WACAS Launched!

From Patrick McDonough, August 9, 2012

Hello friends and colleagues,

I am excited to announce the launch of the Washington Area Cached Artifact System, or WACAS, a public space initiative located throughout Washington DC.  WACAS will feature a series of hidden store boxes, that when coupled with an online discussion portal aim to encourage and reward exploration, discovery, observation, and play throughout our urban environs.  Cache locations, forums, and additional information can be  found at www.wacas.net

I hope that you are able to participate in the system, and look forward to viewing your forum entries !

All best,

2 Openings Friday, 7/27: DxD and Double Take!







Join The Center for Green Urbanism Tubman-Mahan Gallery for the OPENINGS of: Double Take featuring the digital artwork of Russ McIntosh AND DeanwoodxDesign: “#myDeanwood: Honoring the Past to Create the Future”.


Friday, July 27, 2012   6:30-8:30pm
3938 Benning Road NE Washington, DC 20019

Double Take
Originally a participant in the Gallery’s April 2011 exhibition Mama Earth, Russ McIntosh has successfully expanded his portfolio and reach. His work has been featured in local exhibitions such as Artomatic 2012 and Flashpoint’s Adventure Residency Art Show, as well as throughout the United States from The Billboard Art Project in San Bernardino, CA to the 4×6 Exhibit at The Art Gallery in Grand Junction, CO. McIntosh has also received a variety of honors and awards, this year he received a Juror’s Honorable Mention Award for each piece: It’s a Wonderful World?, Impressions, and Altered State. McIntosh also does work by commission, actively blogs, and is always looking to advise emerging artists.

Per the Double Take theme, of his work McIntosh states: “The essence of my art is for the viewer to look deep within my images to find something much more than what they originally saw upon the initial view of the pieces. The images I have created have many layers in them, and though at first glance the main composition does register with them, it is upon further reflection that the viewer can see “hidden images” that were originally unnoticeable.”

Opening Reception: Friday, July 27th, 6:30-8:30pm
Artist’s Talk with Russ McIntosh: Saturday, August 18, 5-7pm


#myDeanwood: Honoring the Past to Create the Future

DeanwoodxDesign is a creative place-making project sponsored by ArtPlace and the DC Office of Planning (OP). ArtPlace, a new private-public collaboration, is an initiative of eleven of America’s top foundations working in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and seven federal agencies, ArtPlace’s aim is to drive revitalization across the country by putting the arts at the center of economic development.  Each project supported by ArtPlace has been selected for developing a new model of helping towns and cities thrive by strategically integrating artists and arts organizations into key local efforts in transportation, housing, community development, job creation, and more.
OP received a grant from ArtPlace to promote Arts and Culture Temporiums in emerging creative neighborhoods in the District, where vacant and/or underutilized storefronts and empty lots would be transformed into an artist showcase/village for three to six month periods. The Deanwood Arts and Cultural Temporium will provide a unique opportunity for artists to showcase their work to residents and visitors as part of a nationally-profiled project.

 What is DeanwoodxDesign?
The D.C. Office of Planning (OP) has awarded a $75,000 “ArtPlace Arts and Culture Temporium” grant to Partners for Livable Communities (Partners) to develop and manage pop-up temporiums in underutilized spaces in the Deanwood neighborhood, one of the District’s earliest African American communities located in Northeast Washington.

Under this grant, Partners will manage DeanwoodxDesign, a project developed by Deanwood residents and cultural activists Seshat Walker, Donna Davis, and Kimberly Gaines. DeanwoodxDesign showcases the rich arts, cultural, historical, and green space assets of neighborhood and Ward 7 through a community-wide, intergenerational, and collaborative effort.

CALL FOR ART – EXTENDED for SCRAP-DC “Fallout Shelter”

Call for Artists

Due to last year’s successful exhibition, we have teamed up again with SCRAP-DC for our September show: Fallout Shelter: A Refuge for DC’s Scrap.

September 4- 29, 2012

We’re looking for artwork that would turn The Center for Green Urbanism into a “shelter” for a different kind of fallout: the city’s “debris” in any of its forms. Pieces will be selected based on how well the work fits the theme, with jurors paying attention to innovative uses of repurposed materials made into particularly high-quality art.

Call for Artists Entry Form

Exhibition Location
Center for Green Urbanism – Tubman-Mahan Gallery
3938 Benning Road NE Washington DC 20019

Apply by Monday 7/30 (online form to go live Wed. 6/27)
Artists notified week of 8/13
Drop off work Saturday 8/25, 11am-2pm [backup: Sun. 8/26]
Show 9/4-9/29
Opening reception Fri. 9/7, 6:30-8:30 pm
Pick up work Sunday 9/30, 11am-2pm

$20 for up to 3 entries. Fees are non-refundable and due with each submission, or the
work will not be considered. Payment can be made through either the PayPal button on
our application form, or by check made payable to SCRAP-DC and sent to: SCRAP-DC Art Show/643 G St. SE Washington DC 20003.

Artists who live or work in DC, Maryland, or Virginia are invited to submit .jpg or .tif files (no larger than 8MB each) of their artwork for this juried show. Fine art and fine crafts are acceptable, provided they consist of at least 75% reclaimed material.

• Both 2- and 3-D submissions will be considered, though most of the space available is for wall-hung art. Artists provide their own pedestals if needed. Wall height is 11’ at themaximum. If your work is larger than 5’ in any dimension, we’d still love to work with you! Please contact us and we’ll gladly discuss options with you, including the possibility of an outdoor installation.

Acceptable entries:
• have been created by the artist/s named on the application
• contain no copyrighted material or prints belonging to another party
• have not appeared before in a DC-area exhibition
• have no overt sexual, violent, or religious content

• All work must be made available for sale, with artists determining the prices. Commissions from any sales will be split with SCRAP-DC and The Center for Green Urbanism – Tubman-Mahan Gallery such that the artist will retain 65%.
• All accepted works must remain for the entirety of the show unless you specifically make other arrangements.
• Artists understand that their work is to be covered by their own insurance policies or are placed in the show “at risk.”
• All pieces must be ready for installation with proper hanging devices if required (no sawtooth or clip-on hardware accepted) and instructions where necessary.
• The Gallery reserves the right to photograph accepted works for publicity and educational purposes.
• The Gallery reserves the right to reject work that is not, in fact, made with a minimum of 75% reused/recycled materials; differs from or is inferior to the submitted images; is not properly framed and ready to hang or is unstable or otherwise dangerous.
• Items left after the pick-up date following the close of the exhibition are not the Gallery’s responsibility. There is a $10 storage fee per day for pieces left after this time. After one month, the art becomes the property of the Gallery.
• Submission of an entry constitutes understanding and agreement with all the conditions set forth here.

All of the work accepted into the show will be promoted on one or more of the websites affiliated with the hosting organizations. In addition, the items will be mentioned and possibly shown in a program that will be created for the show. The program will be made available in print and for electronic download.

Questions or comments:
karen@scrapdc.org or 301.830.8690
heather@scrapdc.org or 703.300.4057

Related programs
In conjunction with the exhibition, SCRAP-DC and The Center for Green Urbanism-Tubman-Mahan Gallery will also hold a collection drive, at least one hands-on workshop, and an art materials swap. Stay tuned for more!

Call for Artists Entry Form

Free Benjamin and Ayanna Gregory!

Saturday, July 14th was a great day with the kick-off of DeanwoodxDesign. The Center for Green Urbanism had the distinguished opportunity to have sisters Free Benjamin and Ayanna Gregory perform as part of the kick-off. The voices of these talented women were accentuated by the company as well as Center’s acoustics. We hope to welcome Free and Ayanna back soon. Please find videos of their performances below. Ayanna Gregory also has a one-woman show about growing up as the daughter of Dick Gregory. Please find the links here:

Excerpts from Daughter Of The Struggle

Interview with Dick Gregory and Ballad For My Father video



DeanwoodxDesign Kick-Off!!!


Join us East of the River and through the WOOD (Deanwood that is) for the OFFICIAL (DXD)DEANWOODXDESIGN KICKOFF!On Saturday, July 14, DeanwoodxDesign (DxD) launches with a free day-long festival in Deanwood, one of the District’s earliest African American communities located in Northeast Washington. The DxD kick off features family-friendly events for all aging and includes art exhibitions, pop out performances, outdoor marketplaces, and music concert.

The DxD marketplaces and interactive galleries at three Temporiums will feature independent Ward 7 and DC-based artisans and crafters selling one-of-a-kind items. Kick off locations include IDEA Public Charter High School, The Fishing School, and the Tubman-Mahan Gallery at the Center for Green Urbanism.


Temporiums OPEN AT 1030AM-3:00PM

IDEA Public Charter High School Wellness Center (Deanwood Metro Station) 1027 45th Street Northeast Washington, DC 20019
1st Floor DXD TEAM SPACE-Tee shirts/Info
1st Room-Designing Life Through the Arts Exhibit-Main Clinic Room
2nd Room- DXD Garden Suite Installation and Interactive
Other side of 2nd-Marvin’s Room-

-2nd FLOOR
1st Room-Indoor Market
2nd Room-Soul Suite & Exhibit

Tubman-Mahan Gallery/Center for Green Urbanism
3938 Benning Road NE (Minnesota Avenue Metro/U8 BUS)

-Dear Deanwood Interactive Art
-Exhibit featuring Maria Bryk’s photo essay ”Chesapeake Bay -Watermen: The Art of the Catch”
-12pm and 1pm – P.O.P. ARTIST Yvette Benjamin aka FREE

The Fishing School
4737 Meade Street Northeast Washington, DC 20019 (Deanwood Metro Station)
-Mini Baskets/Fish Baggies Art Activities
-12pm -2pm Facepainting by Fantasy Faces
-11am-2pm myDeanwood StoryTelling Project-Kelli
P.O.P Art Performance by Vaud-Vival

IDEA Public Charter School FIELD MAIN STAGE:


12:00pm DJ Jahsonic/Opening performance by The East of the River Steel Pan Band/Presentation of Deanwood Distinguished Community Leader Awards/

3:00 p.m. Free concert featuring performances by teen soul artist Keymace, Grammy-nominated artist Kokayi and Suttle Thoughts.