Exhibition: “#myDeanwood: Honoring the Past to Create the Future”
July 21 – August 31, 2012
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.