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.



Grand Opening! Center for Green Urbanism & Reception for ReCREATE

~You are cordially Invited ~

October 15th Grand Opening of New Eco-Friendly Business Incubator in Washington, DC

Press Conference + Interior Design Discussion + Art Reception + Live Entertainment

(Washington, DC) — On Friday, October 15, Washington, DC’s new Center for Green Urbanism welcomes you to an opening celebration for the first green-inspired business and art center east of the Anacostia River. The Center is an art-infused business incubator providing office space to small and mid-size companies, an environmentally-themed art gallery and demonstration model for homes and businesses in the heart of downtown Ward 7. The Grand Opening will begin at 2:00 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.

The Center for Green Urbanism borders the National Fort Mahan Park. Its environmental ties has attracted the attention of the national organization Groundwork USA. The Center for Green Urbanism is the brainchild of environmentalist Zandra Chestnut and Dennis Chestnut, Washington community leader and Director of Groundwork Anacostia River, DC, the center’s first tenant. Join us for this monumental occasion!

Order of Events

2:00-2:30:    Press Conference and Ribbon Cutting
2:30-5:30:    Open House, Center Tours, Eco-Interior Design Discussion with Design Scheme Interiors, LLC,  Principal, Sherry Burton-Ways
6:00-8:00:    Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery Reception for “ReCREATE” Exhibition with Curator Sharon Burton, President of Authentic Contemporary Art, Live Entertainment and Artists Discussion

Who is invited?

Washington-area media and bloggers of art, community, culture, business and environmental issues

Green industries
Local businesses and start-up companies
Elected officials
Community leaders

RSVP and Contact

Tell us you’re coming! Email Natasha@thinkbrownink.com or 240-304-6354 by October 1 to secure your space. The center is located at 3938 Benning Road Northeast, Washington, DC.


About the Center for Green Urbanism

The mission of the Center for Green Urbanism is to create a business-friendly environment that provides startups with affordable office space and business services in a sustainable and energy-efficient green demonstration facility. We are located in downtown Ward 7, Washington, DC.   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 lighting and appliances, solar shade window treatments, a purified drinking water system, water saving devices and the recycling of trash and waste.