Thank you for joining us for our first series of events designed to explore new ways to build community!

All DCax Events took place at The Menkiti Group offices located at:

3407 8th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017

All events were free and open to the public.

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Panel Series

The DCax Panel Series focused on the broad topic of artist space in the Washington, DC area.

Panel Discussions took place from 10:30am-2:00pm on these dates:

  • Saturday   /   August 3 (Individual Artists)

Panelists included:

Juanita Hardy

Carla Perlo
Dance Place

Bo Menkiti
Menkiti Group

  • Saturday   /   August 17 (Studio Incubators)

Panelists included:

Mike Abrams
Union Arts
I have been a part of the dc Arts community since my arrival to the area in 1988. In 1989 I entered the Corcoran BFA program as a painter of landscapes and followed that vein of imagery continuously and developed my abilities as a sculptor able to work in the mediums of carving and metal work of several types in addition to learning the nature of slumped glass .I received my BFA from The Corcoran School of Art in 1993. In 1996 I began operation of the Carriage house studios on Capitol Hill the building is host to 7 working studios for Artists. In spring of 1998 I began the setup of operations For the Eye St Studios which later commonly became known as Goldleaf. This was a warehouse building located near Chinatown which was the host to 8 artist studios which grew to 11 artist studios.  The building was sold for development and the studios closed February 2011 in addition to the operations of studio spaces I taught several sculpture classes at the Art League School in Alexandria from 1998 to 2008. These classes included Stone and wood carving, welding and steel fabrication, sculpture for teens and intro to 3d classes. Currently I am involved in the creation of an Arts centric building and have created additional studio work spaces and 2 large flex work /class/show spaces at the building location on 411 NY Ave NE which Ii call UnionArts and Manufacturing. The goal of the space is to provide a combination of work and educational opportunities at our location that can be accessed by local artists and the general public to use for promotion of the Arts. We are now in the process of branding and creating classes and workshops that will enable the growth and security of the work spaces for all forms of artistic endeavors. I have already produced several exhibitions of art and provided venue space for experimental music in Jazz.

Travis Bowerman
CulturalDC, Flashpoint
Travis Bowerman serves as the Deputy Director for CulturalDC. He began working with CulturalDC in April 2007 as the Director of Operations and became the Deputy Director in November 2011. He oversees all internal operations, including CulturalDC’s programs, finance, facilities and human resources. One of Travis’s earliest and proudest accomplishments with CulturalDC was taking on the transformation and renovation of Source, which had been saved from eminent closure and now, continues as a vibrant arts venue for the local community and home to several arts organizations.Prior to working at CulturalDC, Travis was the Director of Programming for the Washington Performing Arts Society, where he coordinated and programmed a multidisciplinary performing arts series that brought world-class artists to venues throughout the metropolitan DC area. He oversaw the organization’s educational and outreach programs, artist residencies and commissions for new work. Previously, Travis served as General Manager for World Music/CrashArts in Boston, a leading presenter of global music, dance and cutting edge performance. He was also Interim Manager for Boston Musica Viva, a contemporary chamber music ensemble.Travis is currently a member of the Grants Committee for the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. He has taught courses and lectured on arts administration and the music industry at Northeastern University and American University.Travis graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry and a minor in business administration. He also attended Boston University for graduate studies in arts management. At various times throughout his life, Travis has been on stage as a magician, musician and actor and has even tried his hand at composing. Now he continues to serve the artistic community by paving the way for others.

Kristina Bilonick
Founder, Pleasant Plains Workshop + Manager, DC Art Studios (A.Salon, Ltd.)
Kristina Bilonick is an artist, arts administrator and entrepreneur. In 2010 she founded Pleasant Plains Workshop- an incubator that houses art studios, a printshop, office space, gallery space, and a local goods shop in two storefront spaces near Howard University. Bilonick has over 10 years experience working in art galleries, studios and for art nonprofits in the DC area. In addition to managing her Pleasant Plains space, she is the director of DC Arts Studios- one of the largest and longest standing arts studios buildings in the area. DCAS was founded by George Koch in 1979 under the name A.Salon, and for over 30 years has offered affordable work spaces for dancers, theater groups, visual artists, and other creatives at it’s sprawling 30,000 SF location in the Takoma neighborhood of DC.

Michael Janis
Washington Glass School and Studio
Founded by two Washington, DC area artists, Tim Tate and Erwin Timmers, the Washington Glass School and Studio is a unique educational program in the Nation’s Capital area, operating as the sculptural glass education and resource center for the mid-Atlantic region, serving students, artists and the general public. As one of the largest and most successful warm glass centers in the United States, it has seen over 4000 students in its 12 years and sent many on to rewarding careers as artists and educators. The Washington Glass School’s goal is to introduce artists in other media to the depth, processes and joys of glass to enhance their work.
In 2003, Michael Janis joined the studio, and with his architectural background, the Washington Glass Studio has successfully completed many public artwork commissions, including the works for the EPA, NIH, Vanderbilt University, Safeway supermarket’s first public art project, and most recently, the new cast glass doors for the Library of Congress Adams Building.
Michael Janis developed a focus in glass artwork after working for twenty years as an architect in the United States and Australia. His work has been shown at major galleries and art fairs and is included in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2011, Michael mounted a solo exhibition at Boston’s Fuller Craft Museum. Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, Michael went to the UK’s University of Sunderland and National Glass Centre in 2012. American Craft magazine profiled of Michael’s work in their April/May issue. The James Renwick Alliance has named him the “Distinguished Artist” for Glass 2013/2014 and will he will present and lecture on his work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in May 2014.

Lisa Neher
Jackson School
Lisa Neher has been a working artist at the Jackson School Artists location since 1999. In 1979 the space was organized by A.Salon, Ltd. and the Corcoran School of Art and was signed over the Jackson School artists in 2001. These artists established the Jackson School Artist organization and continue to manage the space today.
Lisa has served as Secretary from 2000 until 2010 and currently serves as Secretary for the General Membership. She has chaired the Spring Open Studios since there beginning in 2001. In addition she worked as Sweat Equity coordinator from 2000 until about 2006 and she maintains the member roster, the website and the mailing list which she turned over in 2012.

Paul So
Founder, Hamiltonian Artists
Paul is the founder of Hamiltonian Artists, which is a five year old non-profit organization in Washington DC dedicated in providing professional development opportunities to innovative artists in their early careers.  Through its signature two-year fellowship program and its Professional Development Speaker Series, Hamiltonian Artists aims to help promising emerging artists to develop important entrepreneurial skills and resources for a successful and sustainable art career.  Paul is also a painter, art collector, entrepreneur, and a physics professor at George Mason University.

  • Saturday   /   August 24 (Government Support)

Panelists included:

Sarah Clements
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
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.

Saturday   /   September 7 (Private Property)

Panelists included:

Kera Carpenter
Kera Carpenter is the chef/owner of Domku Bar & Cafe in DC’s Petworth neighborhood. She is also the founder of NURISH: The Center for a Creative Culinary Economy and the StartUp Kitchen project. Prior to opening Domku, Kara’s professional life included working with an international humanitarian assistance NGO, freelance writing, and public sector consulting. She also holds an M.Ed from Harvard University.

Kate Taylor Davis
Kate Taylor Davis has worked for and with DC area arts organizations since 1999. She joined the staff of ARCH Development Corporation in May of 2013 to become the first director of the Anacostia Arts Center. Previously she was the director of external relations for Imagination Stage, chief marketing and communications officer at Olney Theatre Center, assistant director of education and programs at the Association of Children’s Museums, and she interned with The Kennedy Center and The District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC), among others. She is occasional lecturer on the topics of marketing and event planning at local universities, and Kate has served as a committee member for The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, vice president for The League of Washington Theatres, keynote panelist for Theatre Communications Group, and a grant panelist for Arlington County. In her spare time she helps produce off-beat art events. Kate holds an M.A. in Arts Management from The American University and a B.A. in English from The University of Michigan.

Rev. Brian E. Hamilton
Brian Hamilton has served as Co-Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church since February 1996.  His early education in Sociology and Theology established a foundation for urban ministry that has spanned over 25 years in Philadelphia, Detroit and Washington, DC.  He also serves as President of the Southwest Renaissance Development Corporation, a community development corporation and outreach arm of Westminster, which has organized the cultural development programs Jazz Night in D.C. and Blue Monday Blues among others, both housed at Westminster.  Rev. Hamilton has extensively studied and taught race relations and urban sociology; he has been a lifelong student of urban communities, their populations, assets, challenges and other defining issues.

Kelly King
Kelly King is the Founder/Artistic Director of Contradiction Dance. She creates dances for theatre, film, stage, and street… and all the places people go in-between.
Playing in several artistic sandboxes at once, while teasing the line between art & entertainment, Kelly brings a collage of interests to each endeavor.
Kelly has performed nationally and internationally for several companies, most notably: Contradiction Dance (Artistic Director), CityDance Ensemble (Associate Director), Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Echo Park Contemporary Ballet, JazzDanzDC. She has performed with production companies, including Cirque du Soleil, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Cast of Thousands.
Her choreography has been presented and produced by theatre companies/festivals/corporations including: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Phillips Collection, Round House Theatre, Over The Line Festival, Source Festival, St. Mary’s College, Adventure Theatre, GEICO.
Kelly also serves the creative community as an educator, choreographer, consultant, advocate and audience member.

Lunch provided by resident ReSourceArts chef:

Tim Meadows
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.

Swap Meets

Swap Meets are designed to facilitate connections between artists and creative professionals through virtual and face to face networking. This effort will create the opportunity for artists to swap services and art materials; increase connectivity and facilitate community building; and develop a rolodex of creative services and materials available within the artistic community.

Swap Meets took place from 3:00-5:00pm on these dates:

  • Saturday   /   August 3
  • Saturday   /   August 17
  • Saturday   /   August 24
  • Saturday   /   September 7

Closing Event

On Saturday, September 7 we celebrated the closing of our first DC Artist Exchange event series! The evening included live performances, a DJ, and food and drink specials.