DASHing Words in Motion Poetry contest in Alexandria, Virginia

“DASHing Words in Motion” Call to the Community

The City of Alexandria Office of the Arts and the Alexandria Transit Company have joined forces to host a poetry contest “DASHing Words in Motion”. The poetry contest is to encourage quality writing by writers and poets 16 years or older, who live, work or study in the City of Alexandria. The deadline for submitting entries is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Winners will have their poems published inside the Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH buses and Trolleys in April 2017 in celebration of National Poetry Month through May.


Body Politics at the Torpedo Factory

Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center, presents work by three women who use the female body to explore issues of equity, power, politics, and memory in A (Mis)Perceived Physique: Bodyscapes by Three Women Artists, on view Saturday, September 3 through Sunday, October 16.

Artists Allana Clarke, Lauren Kalman, and Carolina Mayorga implement the body in desperate ways and contribute to a common narrative about body imagery—past and present. These women assert their own agency and address body politics as another construct of power, both internally and externally driven.

The trio was brought together by D.C.-based curator Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, who organized the exhibition as part of Target Gallery’s second annual Open Call for Curatorial Proposals competition.

“History surrounds the viewer in this exhibition, as the past is made present and the present reflects the woes of the past,” said Bryant-Greenwell. “How far have body politics come since the height of the odalisque? What is the new role of the female body in art? These women do not offer concrete answers, but enlist the past to enflame the zeitgeist toward inclusive and critical exploration.”   (more…)

UNITY public art project closing ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia

UNITY Public Art Project Counters National Political Tone

This is an update to this post. Nancy Belmont, creator of the Courage Wall, launched a new interactive public art project ‘UNITY‘ earlier this June in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. The UNITY public art project examines how labels both help and hinder our ability to build unity as a nation and as a human race. The project ran in Del Ray through Sunday, June 12.


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City of Alexandria Extends Deadline for Poet Laureate and
Alexandria’s DASHing Words in Motion Poetry Contest to Monday, February 1

The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts has extended the deadline to submit applications to be considered as the new Poet Laureate and to submit poetry for the “DASHing Words in Motion” poetry contest to Monday, February 1 by 5 p.m.

The City’s Poet Laureate promotes an appreciation of poetry as an art form, creative writing and reading of literature, and literacy through poetry. The individual will serve as Poet Laureate for three years and receive a modest annual honorarium.

Writers are invited to also submit poetry for the “DASHing Words in Motion” poetry contest. The poetry contest encourages quality writing by writers and poets 16 years or older, who lived, worked or studied in the City of Alexandria.  The City of Alexandria Office of the Arts and the Alexandria Transit Company joined forces to host a poetry contest “DASHing Words in Motion”.  The competition’s primary goal is to encourage a broad range of ideas and subject matter.

The online submission deadline for both poetry opportunities is Monday, February 1, 2016 at 5 p.m. Visit the Office of the Arts website at this link for an online application. For additional about the literary programs, email the Poet Laureate or call the Office of the Arts at 703.746.5588.

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City of Alexandria Office of the Arts Accepting Arts Program Grant Applications

Grant funds are available to eligible arts organizations and individual artists for operations, programs and special projects that occur in Alexandria between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. For additional information and to submit an application, visit this link.

The Office of the Arts will conduct a series of grant workshops and webinars to assist interested applicants in preparing their grant applications.  New applicants or arts organizations who have not submitted an application in the past two years are required to attend. Due to changes in the granting process, other applicants are urged to attend these free workshops and webinars.

More information on the webinars is below.


Traffic Control Box Public Art Project in Alexandria, Virginia

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The popular 2015 Traffic Box Wrap Project returns to Alexandria, Virginia in 2016

The City of Alexandria Office of the Arts invites artists and artist teams residing in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee to submit their qualifications for this year’s Traffic Control Box Vinyl Wrap Public Art Project. You can see last year’s project at this link.

Up to three artists or artist teams will be selected to design wraps for 12 traffic control boxes located at intersections in the West End of the City of Alexandria. The wraps will cover all four sides and the top of each box.  Artists are encouraged to use a variety of media, such as photography, painting, collage, digital imagery, etc. to develop their designs. Selected artists will be required to submit their final designs at full-scale in a digital format such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign or a combination of the three. The City will be responsible for the printing and installation of the box wraps.

The unveiling of the traffic control box wraps will coincide with National Public Works Week beginning on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2016 Mountain Standard Time (MST).

For more information on the project and to apply click this link.

The Art League logoThe Art League brings an awesome “Alexandria Art Experience” to Market Square and in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town this coming weekend at the 2015 Alexandria King Street Arts Festival. The festival includes free, hands-on arts activities.

And lots of ice cream.

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The Art League’s Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser is a delicious way to support the arts. Purchase one of 1,000 hand-made bowls created by the talented artists of The Art League’s Ceramics Department and enjoy delicious custard from Del Ray Pizzeria in Belle Haven – all for only $15 per bowl! The proceeds go to benefit The Art League’s Ceramics department. Participants in the Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser may enter a free drawing to win Ceramic Artwork and an Art League gift certificate.

Kudos to the Art League for coming up with a really neat way to raise money for local arts programs.

See you at Market Square!

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