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Habitat for Artists
Habitat for Artists returns to THEARC this summer in a collaboration with the Corcoran Gallery of Art. HFA uses the idea of the artist’s studio as a catalyst for mutual engagement between artists and communities and will work with THEARC and the Corcoran from July 16-August 24. The “habitats” are small, temporary, 6’-by-6’ structures. HFA invites artists to work in these small, temporary studios, and while exploring their own creative process, the artists engage in active dialogues with a new audience. The public, meanwhile, is invited into a dialogue about art, the artist’s role, and topics pertinent or relevant to that local community.
Come join the art and discussion!
Hours at THEARC
Tuesday: 3 – 6 PM
Wednesday: 3 – 6 PM
Thursday: 12 – 4 PM
Friday: 3 – 6 PM
Saturday: 3 – 6 PM
July 16, Week 1: Simon Draper, Aidan Draper and Margo Elsayd (GMU student ) - Building Sheds and Studios; Nicole Bourgea - Quick time portraits and give aways
July 23, Week 2: Margo Elsayd and 5 art students with Kids Power - Recycling Material into Art and Siding
July 30, Week 3: Jessica Poser and Chere Krakovsky - Mending Wall and the Kitchen Table
August 6, Week 4: Molly Rausch and Beth E Wilson - Art, Real Estate and Psychogeography
August 13, Week 5: Michael Asbill, Matthew Slaats and Mark Strandquist - Garden Stall and Local Food with THEARC staff who help run the garden. Mark Strandquist will lead a postcard making workshop on August 18.
August 20, Week 6: Michael Asbill with DC jam session, Simon Draper and Curator Amy Lipton from ecoartspace
Call for Participants
HFA is building studios at two sites— THEARC and the Corcoran Gallery of Art at the corner of New York Ave and 17th St. NW
This project seeks artists who:
• Are willing to change their usual art/studio practice
• Possess a willingness to engage with the public on a variety of topics
• Have an ability to present themselves and their work in an affable straightforward manner
• Possess an openness to collaborate and share ideas with others
• Are responsive to change and have an ability to adjust their plans
• Have an openness for their work to be shared with project, i.e., flexibility about authorship and ownership
• Engage with the idea of community
• Are not concerned with the usual product-based art work
• Have an openness to evolving or exploring different roles for the artist
Artists interested in participating need to submit a brief proposal outlining their interest, describing a plan of what they might do and the ideas behind it, and providing a brief outline of time and material considerations.
Please submit proposals to Simon Draper, firstname.lastname@example.org