Highlighting Art and Green Urbanism at Chispadc

Last Thursday, February 17th, I presented on the topic Eco-art East of the River: Green Urbanism, Business and Art in Ward 7 in the winter edition of Chispa DC, a part of this year’s Intersections Art Festival, held February 17, 2011 at The Atlas Performing Arts Center, in Washington, DC. My presentation was correlated to my role as the art curator of The Center for Green Urbanism, located also in Washington, DC.

Chispa is a quarterly curated media mash-up for artists, organizers and change agents in the DC area to share what they’re thinking, dreaming and doing. The event features 8 – 10 people “who have the freedom to present anything they’re passionate about.” Chispa is an opportunity for cultural creatives to connect with each other and share what they love both in and outside of their own circles – theater, organization development, community organizing, etc.

Chispa is inspired by a presentation format that emerged in Japan as a way for architects to share their work: each speaker is limited to 20 images which automatically advance after 20 seconds. Variations of this format, called Pecha Kucha, have sprung up around the world.

I joined five other exciting presenters to address one of the overall themes of this edition of Chispa by answering “How does your work/dream/idea explore an artistic or cultural intersection?”

Chispa is a collaboration between Potomac Group, LLC and Spark Creativity, small organization development practitioners with deep roots in social justice and cultural creation. For more information about Chispa visit the website at http://chispadc.wordpress.com/.

Special thanks to the Chispa organizers for an inspiring evening featuring the “intersections” of art, culture and creativity in the DMV!

Check out the presentation below, filmed by Zandra Chestnut, co-Founder of The Center for Green Urbanism.

Check out a slide show of the speakers below, courtesy of Chispadc.



Call for Art: ReCREATE @ Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery


Authentic Contemporary Art (ACA), a five year old virtual and community-based resource for contemporary art by emerging artists announces a new partnership with the Center for Green Urbanism to showcase exhibitions of contemporary art. The Center is a new business incubator providing office space for small to mid-size businesses and start-ups interested in locating in Ward 7 in far northeast Washington, DC. The Center is located at 3938 Benning Road NE on the edge of Fort Mahan Park, a national park site and gateway to the Fort Circle Park Trail. The building is located directly across the street from the new Benning Road Library and is walking distance from the Minnesota Avenue metro stop on the orange line.

As a part of this new collaboration, Authentic Contemporary Art will provide curatorial direction and management of regular exhibitions of contemporary art in the Center’s Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery, located within their eco-friendly remodeled building and workspace. The inaugural curatorial exhibition ReCREATE, a group exhibition of artwork made from recycled materials from artists across the country, will coincide with the Center’s official Open House, scheduled for Sunday, October 17, 2010.

About The Center for Green Urbanism

The Center for Green Urbanism is located in downtown Ward 7 in far northeast Washington, DC and provides affordable business incubator space for entrepreneurs to work. Meeting spaces are available and wi-fi is accessible throughout the facility. The Center is a design model for a “living green business” in an urban setting, by decreasing our carbon footprint – promoting home gardening, using energy efficient CFLs and appliances, solar shade window treatments, a purified drinking water system, water saving devices and the recycling of trash and waste.

The Center sits on the edge of Fort Mahan, a national park site and gateway to the Fort Circle Parks Trail. Hiking and biking trails are close and Metro Bus and subway are a short walk away. Visit the website at www.centerforgreenurbanism.org for more information.

The Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery can be reached via email at TubmanManhanGallery@gmail.com and Twitter at @TubmanMahanArt.


On behalf of the Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery of the Center for Green Urbanism, Authentic Contemporary Art is inviting artists to submit artwork for ReCREATE. This will be the inaugural exhibition of the Gallery and will showcase artwork that is made up of recycled or recyclable materials.
Please download the prospectus and entry form below. All entries must be postmarked by September 10, 2010.

ReCREATE Exhibition Entry Form (PDF)

ReCREATE Prospectus (PDF)