July 26, 2010


Deadline: Monday, August 2nd, 2010 at 7PM  | All entries must be received by the deadline.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is the official government agency for arts and culture. Established in 1968, DCCAH’s mission is to provide grants, programs and educational activities that encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities, so that all District of Columbia residents and visitors can experience the rich culture of our city. In support of visual artists and art galleries in the Washington metropolitan area, artwork is purchased each year to expand the District’s Art Bank, a growing collection of moveable works funded through DC Creates Public Art. Works in this collection are owned by DCCAH and loaned to other District Government agencies for display in public areas of government buildings. A segment of the collection is devoted to works that visually document the District of Columbia, highlighting the beauty and charm of our residents, neighborhoods, parks, avenues, and local landmarks. This collection helps preserve the city’s past and is an important legacy for future generations. Currently, close to 2,500 artworks are on display in over 150 District government agencies. This program provides an opportunity for artists to have their artwork acquired and exhibited in public spaces as part of our continued commitment to support our vibrant artistic community.

This year, DCCAH is purchasing artwork that captures city life and cultural diversity in the international center that is Washington, DC. Artists are encouraged to highlight reflections of life as seen in families, children at play, people at work, festivals, cultural events, gathering places, or daily activity in city streets. However, other subjects can also include iconic parks and circles, small businesses and business owners, cityscapes and distinctive neighborhood characteristics. Abstract artworks will also be considered for purchase, as they are inherent reflections of culture and diverse artistic perspectives.

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