DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Announces 2012 Additions to Art Bank Collection

Today, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) announced the 32 artists whose artworks will be added to its Art Bank Collection. The artwork of the 32 artists chosen will be purchased and added to the DCCAH’s collection that is loaned to District Government agencies for display in public areas.

Close to 2,000 works were submitted for consideration for the Art Bank Collection. A panel of local artists, arts administrators and patrons vetted the artworks. The total budget for the collection was $150,000.

The Art Bank Collection is a growing collection of moveable works funded through the DC Creates! Public Art program. Art Bank was founded to support visual artists and galleries throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. Currently, there are over 2,500 works of art in the Art Bank collection, installed in more than 150 District Government agencies.

“The Art Bank Collection is one example of how we are supporting working artists in D.C. It’s important to this agency to highlight the tremendous talent that we have here,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Mr. Thomas continued, “The works that have been added to the collection this year will be displayed on the walls of buildings that are visited by thousands of people every year. This not only adds beauty to these buildings, but exposes local artists to a wide audience.”

The artists chosen for the 2012 Art Bank are Anne Albagli, Daniel Altshuler, Joseph Barbaccia, Joan Belmar, Natalie Chung, Wesley Clark, Charles Cohan, Billy Colbert, Robert Cole, Cynthia Connolly, Michael Crossett, Mary Early, Lisa Farrell, Michael Farrell, Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Greg Hannan, Ryan Hoover, Ellington Robinson, Katherine Mann, Bruce McNeil, Michael Platt, Beverly Ress, Preston Sampson, Michael Enn Sirvet, Di Stovall, Lou Stovall, Lynn Sures, Jessica Van Brakle, Kirk Waldroff, Yvette Watson, Roy Woelfer, and Denise Wright.

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Janel and Anthony – November 18th @ Honfleur Gallery

Doors at 8pm, performances start at 8:30pm. Free!

JANEL AND ANTHONY are a Washington D.C. based duo whose elegant experimental music has been featured on NPR and the BBC, and have gained the attention of some of the worlds most important improvisers and musicians. Established in 2005 in Vienna, Virginia, they recorded their debut album “Janel and Anthony” in 2006 and have sold thousands of copies at the countless shows they’ve played since. After exhilarating and exhausting years on the move-touring, collaborating and recording-the pair has finished their second album “Where is Home,” an ethereal effort soaked in the apprehension and excitement of wanderlust.

For a preview:
janelandanthony.com and yeveto.bandcamp.com

@ Honfleur Gallery 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE Washington DC, 20020

This concert is funded by the NEA.

From DCist: ”Extraordinary”- “Janel & Anthony are a cello and guitar duo that have added fantastic touches to anyone with whom they’ve collaborated but are a special brand of mesmerizing when they play their own songs. Too off-center to be either classical, folk or jazz compositions, Janel & Anthony’s experimentalism is a must-see event.”

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Free Humanities Council Event

Community Historians to Display Work at John Eaton Elementary School

Who: Washingtonians interested in neighborhood history, preservation, and culture.

What: A demonstration of projects funded as part of the DC Community Heritage Project.

When: Thursday, December 8th, 2011 6:30PM-9PM

Where: John Eaton Elementary School, Cleveland Park, 3301 Lowell Street, NW Washington, DC 20008

Join the Humanities Council of Washington, DC and the DC Historic Preservation Office at John Eaton Elementary school in Cleveland Park as this year’s DC Community Heritage Project grantees showcase their efforts to research, interpret, and publicize the history of their communities. You are guaranteed to learn something new about Washington, DC!

This year’s projects include: Voices on Fourteenth Street: Columbia Heights in the Sixties, an oral history project exploring urban policy changes in one of DC’s fastest changing neighborhoods; DC Authors’ Houses: a Web Exhibit, an online tour combining history, architecture, and literature; Preserving LeDroit Park: An Historical Community in Washington, DC, a film documenting an important part of DC’s African American history and an iconic neighborhood; and many more (check our blog hcwdc.blogspot.com for a full listing)! Light catered refreshments will be served during the exhibition portion of the event.

Funds for the DC Community Heritage Project are provided by a partnership of the Humanities Council of Washington, DC and the DC Historic Preservation Office, which supports people who want to tell stories of their neighborhoods and communities by providing information, training and financial resources. This DC Community Heritage Project has been also funded in part by the US Department of the Interior, the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund grant funds, administered by the DC Historic Preservation Office and by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

This is a free event. Please register by visiting dcchp.eventbrite.com.

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Hillyer Art Space Screening of Life as a Collage – Monday, November 21, 2011

Hillyer Art Space Screening of Life as a Collage

Life as a Collage Trailer

Life as a Collage (Trailer)

Pablo Picasso Still Life with Chair Caning

Pablo Picasso Still Life with Chair Caning,1912

1912 marks the 100th year anniversary of collage as an art form. In celebration of this momentous occasion Hillyer Art Space will be collaborating with Meridian Hill Pictures and Sitar Arts Space to screen the new, youth-made documentary Life as a CollagePlease join us on Monday, November 21, 2011 from 6-9pm for an evening of local film and art appreciation.   

Created while artist and longtime Sitar volunteer Tim Gabel was struggling with liver cancer, the film captures one teacher’s dedication to his students and art, as he reflects during the final stages of his life.

Following the screening, Hillyer will host a panel discussion with Brandon and Lance Kramer, executive producers of Life as a Collage and co-founders of Meridian Hill Pictures; and Forrest Penrod, student director of the film.  Pablo Picasso’s Still Life with Chair Caning was completed in 1912 and is widely considered by art historians to be the first collage; the 100th anniversary and our celebration of collage is fast approaching!

Monday, November 21, 2011


Runtime: 24 minutes

$5 Suggested Donations

Proceeds go to IA&A and submission fees to show Life as a Collage at film festivals.

For more information contact: gallery@artsandartists.org

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AXÉ (ah-SHAY) Afro-Brazilian / African Dance Party

Afro-Brazilian / African Dance Party 

Axum Etthiopian Restaurant
(near 9th St. + U St. NW, U Street Metro)
Friday, November 18th
Doors @ 9  –  $10 Cover

Blessings Fans of PartyAxe,
We’re back with our latest edition of Axe’ (ah-SHAY)
Come move your body to the infectious sounds of
live African Drumming and Brazilian Percussion.
Get a FREE African dance lesson starting at 9pm.

Free Ethiopian Buffet starts @ 8pm
$5 Ethiopian Honey Wine until 10pm!
$5 Heineken until 12am

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Spinning Brazilian sounds and African rhythms

FARAFINA KAN (www.farafinakan.com)
Live African drumming from the djembe orchestra

Live Batucada and Afro-Brazilian percussion

Instructed by the dancers of Farafina Kan

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