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The DCax panel series focuses on the broad topic of artist space in the Washington, DC area.
The fourth panel will focus on the government's role in facilitating and supporting creative space for artists and arts organizations.
We invite you to join us for the following:
10:30am-11:30am - Panel discussion
11:30am-12:30pm - Walking tour (lunch included) of the Brookland artist spaces
1:00pm-2:00pm - Conversation with the panelists
Sarah is the Chief of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division at Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation Department. Sarah is an innovative arts and cultural services professional, with more than 25 years of experience in developing community arts programming in Tucson, Arizona.
Prior to accepting her post in April, She served for 11 years of as Executive Director of the Tucson Arts District Partnership, Inc., which was responsible for developing and managing an arts and downtown revitalization project. There, she brought forth community visual arts and performing arts programs, and provided expertise in budget management; grant writing, marketing, funding development and donor relations, partnership facilitation, and arts residencies.
During her tenure with the Tucson Arts District, Sarah developed a suite of programs designed to stimulate art space development in the downtown area with an eye on creating equity for artists and arts organizations. In addition to purchasing and developing its own property for arts uses, the organization managed a successful art space loan program, arts space planning leadership, and technical assistance programs which resulted in the development and/or stabilization of thousands of square feet of art studio and gallery space.
Sarah has also spent a number of years with the Tucson Unified School District, both as a classroom teacher/mentor and as part of the Opening Minds through the Arts Design Team developing arts integration curriculum.
She has consulted on a number of projects, including arts-based downtown development support for Hobbs, New Mexico; cultural district planning for Jacksonville, Florida’s Artstop project; and cultural tourism development for the Arts Tourism Partnership in New Orleans. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music master’s degree in education.
Diane Ruggiero is the Deputy Director for the City of Alexandria’s Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities Department Office of the Arts in Alexandria, Virginia. As Deputy Director, Diane directs the development and implementation of a comprehensive city-wide cultural arts program including the city’s public art program as well as working with multiple artists and organizations on a variety of community-focused arts initiatives.
Prior to arriving in Alexandria, Diane was the Superintendent of Cultural Arts for the City of Asheville, North Carolina. While there, Diane directed the City’s public art program, developed and implemented arts programming throughout the city, lead cultural development initiatives and facilitated grant distribution for county arts organizations. She has also worked in a variety of non-profit arts organizations in Charlotte, North Carolina including the Mint Museum of Art and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, the Charlotte Symphony, Historic Latta Plantation, the Charlotte Public Library, and a grassroots community art center. She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received her undergraduate degree in Art History and Museum Studies and her graduate degree in Arts Administration.
Please check back as we continue to add additional information on panelists.
Lunch provided by resident ReSourceArts chef:
Tim hails from Huntington, West Virginia and has lived in the DC area
for nearly 3 years. A love of food led him to the Art Institute of
Washington in 2010, where he studied International cuisine & baking.
Interested in all things related to food, music and art, Tim likes to
spend his time connecting to all that the DC area has to offer.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event
All events will take place at the new Menkiti Group offices. They are located between Excel Movement Studio and Lee's Auto Services on 8th St NE. The entrance is down the driveway - you will see the Menkiti Group sign overhead.
There is street parking available in the surrounding neighborhood.
The DCax events are conveniently located a short walk from the Brookland/CUA Metro Station on the Red Line.
Directions from the Metro: Exit the turnstiles and immediately go right and up the escalator. You will be out of doors in a bus area. Turn right at the bus area. Follow the sidewalk, which leads to the corner of 9th Street and Monroe Street. Turn right on Monroe Street and go across a short bridge. After the bridge, turn left immediately onto 8th Street, NE. The Menkiti Group offices are half way down the block on the left side. If you reach Brookland Artspace Lofts and Dance Place, you have gone too far.
Several Metro Bus lines also go to the Brookland Station, including the H series, G8, and 80 buses.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You do not need to print your ticket! In fact, in an effort to be green, we hope you won't! We will check you in with our mobile app. All we need is the name you registered under.
When & Where
DC Artist Exchange
DC Artist Exchange (DCax) is a project developed by Artomatic in collaboration with several DC-based arts and cultural organizations. DCax is a series of events and tools designed to explore new ways to build community. The kick-off series includes five panel discussions around the broad topic of artist space in the city, four in-person creative networking events called Swap Meets, and a WEBSITE (dcartistexchange.org) meant to engage members through a virtual community space.
The DC Artist Exchange partner organizations include: