Arts District Branding Project Hits Snag at ANC 1B
Lydia DePillis at the Washington City Paper’s Housing Complex blog has the latest on the 14th and U-Logan-Shaw arts district branding project. Her Saturday story, “Arts District Branding Project Still Running Into Questions,” gives us an update on the status of the project, including last Thursday’s ANC 1B meeting.
It appears the branding team’s presentation at Thursday night’s ANC 1B meeting was less than smooth, with commissioners raising issues about the branding team and the MidCity Business Association. Another issue was how long the branding program’s banners would be allowed to stay up; the banners were originally scheduled to go up this past weekend, but have not yet been installed.
According to the City Paper: “Leaders in our community are up in arms and very upset,” said commissioner Deborah Thomas [1B04]. “I don’t know why it’s not working….Find a way. Get it together.”
Read the full article. You can also check out Tom Hay’s coverage of the arts district branding project; a list of all stories is at the bottom of the most recent one, Wrap-up of Last Arts District Branding Public Meeting. (Full disclosure: Borderstan recently joined the MidCity Business Association.)
Tuesday Fundraiser for Dreaming Out Loud
Dreaming Out Loud, Inc. is holding a Tuesday, Dec. 7, fundraiser at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V St. NW, 6 to 8 pm: “When Dreams Emerge: A Dreaming Out Loud Celebration and Fundraiser.” Dreaming Out Loud is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance a more ethical world that allows underserved children, youth and families to thrive in the global community. Founded in 2008, Dreaming Out Loud, Inc. was created in response to the educational disparities in underserved urban communities. Our aim is to transform some of the prevailing negative attitudes youth have about education and to direct them towards positive character development. While Dreaming Out Loud works primarily in Wards 7 and 8, it’s offices are locally based Affinity Lab.
Transformer Protest at National Portrait Gallery
Dcist has pics from the Thursday-night protest in font of the National Portrait Gallery, which was organized by local gallery, Transformer. The protest was over NPG’s removal of the 1987 video, Fire in My Belly, from an exhibition. Transformer is continuously playing the video in its front-window space at 1404 P St. NW. Meanwhile, TBD reports that a local artists projected the movie onto the facade of the NPG.
Pics from ArtJamz Event to Benefit LGBT Youth
ReadysetDC has pics from last week’s event at LongView Gallery to benefit LGBT youth: “ArtJamz teamed up with The Youth Pride Alliance, B.O.I. Marketing & Promotions LLC, Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and The Longview Gallery to support LGBT youth.”
A List DC Did Not Make
We Love DC looks at GQ’s satirical, The 50 Worst States in America, and explains that only our lack of statehood kept us out of the rankings. Find out where Maryland and Virginia rank. Arizona came in at No. 1 (that’s bad, not good) and Massachusetts came in at No. 50 (that’s good, not bad).
From Tom Hay
Area residents, artists and business owners packed the Langston Room of Busboys and Poets Tuesday night for the first of three townhall discussions on branding and marketing the Arts District centered around the 14th and U Streets NW corridor.
Andrea Doughty, project leader and Carol Felix, lead branding coordinator, opened the public dialogue with an overview of the project. (See PDF map with proposed boundaries.)
Last year ANC 2F-Logan conducted a study to examine the zoning and economic development needs of the 14th, U and 7th Street NW corridors, collectively called the Uptown Arts District. Among the noteworthy findings of the study was the desire for more daytime foot traffic, to help struggling arts and retail establishments, and the need for a strong, visual brand at street level.
Neighborhood Investment Fund Grant
The only economic development program that the area qualifies for comes from the the District of Columbia’s Neighborhood Investment Fund (NIF), administered by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development.
Room and Board
According to DCmud, Room & Board is set to open in June. Construction has been underway for months at the southwest corner of 14t and T Streets NW in the old Taylor Motor Building. DCmud has a great description of the planned interior with photos of work underway.
Arts Overlay Cap Upped
In other 14th Street news, the DC Zoning Commission voted to increase the available linear frontage for restaurants and bars inside the arts overlay district on the 14th and U corridors. The action increases the available frontage to 30% from the current 25%. There are plans to increase the linear frontage to 50%, a process that will take several more months. The immediate 5% increase should allow several projects already underway to proceed. Check out the Washington Business Journal for more information. (Hat tip to dcist.)