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Open your eyes to South Africa

(Untitled) by Mfundo Mkhize

(Untitled) by Mfundo Mkhize

Have you checked out our Power2Give project yet?  If not, we hope you do:  Through an exciting partnership with the Johannesburg’s Vula Amehlo Art Development (“Vula Amehlo” means “open your eyes” in Zulu), we are hard at work to produce an exhibition featuring some outstanding South African printmakers.  These artists, the majority of whom are black, range in age from early 20s to mid-30s, and are just launching their careers as artists–developing skills, resumes, and networks that will help them pay the bills with their incredible talent.

This exhibition is scheduled for January 2014, but there’s a lot of work to do before then, and we need your help!  As little as $1 can help us buy the necessary  display materials, create the exhibition brochure, and send any unsold works back at the end of the exhibition.  We are so thankful to Anne Gordon of Vula Amehlo for coordinating the shipping of the works to the US, and the members of Washington Printmakers Gallery for volunteering their time to frame the works and install the show!  Through their efforts, it is estimated we are saving over $4,000 in labor and shipping fees!  But, we still need $1,840 in donations to make our goal of $2,072 in fundraising for this exhibition.  If you donate soon, Monument Bank will provide $0.50 in matching funds for every $1 donated–making your gift go further!  Please take a moment to check out this project, share it with your friends, and donate.  There’s some pretty great thank-you’s available, too!

Power2Give is coming!

p2g logoOn June 12, 2013, AHCMC will launch Power2Give, a new fundraising platform to support arts and humanities projects in Montgomery County. Power2Give is already live in 14 communities across the country, and has raised over $2.2 million for cultural organizations of all different sorts.  Power2Give offers a unique way to match local arts and cultural projects to individuals and businesses interested in making a difference in many different ways-one of the most exciting being matching funds, which means donations made through Power2Give go further! Our sister non-profit, Washington Print Foundation, is excited to be a part of the introductory round.  WPF has benefitted from both AHCMC’s and Power2Give’s extensive advice about building a successful fundraiser, how to market a good fundraising campaign, and again–given us access to matching funds!  We hope you’ll check out this great program on June 12 and see what cultural projects in your community could use your help.  Check back soon!

Do you have your tickets to Kiki DC?

"Blue Pearls" by Clare Winslow, one of the prints up for action at Kiki DC!

“Blue Pearls” by Clare Winslow, one of the prints up for action at Kiki DC!

Kiki DC is a night of food, drinks, art, and fashion–all benefiting Pyramid Atlantic’s children’s programs as well as Washington Printmakers Gallery.  The main event is Off the Rack, a juried wearable art fashion show, with guest judges from Project Runway and other venues picking winners from area artists and designers.   In addition to the fashion show, there will be a Silent Auction, with proceeds going towards Pyramid Atlantic and Washington Printmakers Gallery. You can see a preview of some of the artwork up for auction (with many opening bids under $100) at our website.

When does all this fun take place, you ask?  In just over two weeks on Saturday, June 8, 8 pm, at the Fillmore Silver Spring.  You can buy tickets directly at their website–VIP packages are still available!

Arts Advocacy Day 2013

April 8th and 9th, 2013 are the dates for the 26th Annual National Arts Advocacy Day in our Nation’s Capital, a national advocacy and grassroots campaign organized by Americans for the Arts in support of federal funding for the arts and arts education. Arts Advocacy Day is the only national event designed to bring together a broad cross section of America’s national cultural and civic organizations. These groups will join hundreds of grassroots advocates from across the country to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.  This year, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Matt Sorum (of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver) will speak at the Congressional Arts Kick Off on Capitol Hill.  Want more information?  Check out the Americans for the Arts website to learn more and register.

Thank you!!!

Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our Funding Goal for Excellence in Printmaking 2013!  We are now able to offer entries to students FREE!  If there’s any one artist group that deserves free entries, we think it’s the students.  So, if you’ve been waiting to apply, you can do so now-details here.  Those who have already applied will receive a refund on their entry fees.  Thanks again to all our supporters, and we hope to see you at the Excellence in Printmaking show in February!

87% funded and 11 hours to go, please help!

"Altarpiece" by Elise Isom, from the 2012 Excellence in Printmaking Exhibition.

“Altarpiece” by Elise Isom, from the 2012 Excellence in Printmaking Exhibition.

We’re only $155 away from our Go Get Funding goal for our upcoming Excellence in Printmaking exhibition, a juried show of MFA and BFA candidates focusing on printmaking.  Help us meet–or exceed–this goal by donating now.  The funding window ends in 11 hours at midnight central time!  If we meet our goal, there will be NO entry fees for the deserving students that Excellence in Printmaking exhibits.  If we exceed our goal, we’ll be able to lower or even eliminate next year’s entry fees.  So, please help and donate today, right now, ASAP!  Thank you!

Emergency Relief Funds for Artists Affected by Hurricane Sandy

“After the Storm” by Yolanda Frederikse

NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) has established an emergency relief fund for artists living in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Artists working in any discipline are eligible to receive these funds to cover any damages sustained during the storm.  Damages are broadly defined and include, but are not limited to: damage to physical work; damage to homes/studios/other facilities; loss of equipment or supplies; loss of income, and reimbursement for cancelled performances/appearances/engagements.

You can read more about this fund (and a separate fund for affected arts organizations) as well as find an application, here.  Interested in donating to this fund?  You can do that, here.

Yard Sale for a Good Cause

In just over a week, on Saturday, October 13, Pyramid Atlantic will be hosting an up-scale yard sale.  They are still accepting donations in the categories of:

  • Antiques – Furniture, mechanical devices in working condition
  • Books – Old and rare only. No modern hardbacks
  • China/ceramics/porcelain – Higher-end sets preferred
  • Collectibles – Almost anything in the world of collectibles
  • Curiosities – Anything odd or unusual
  • Glass – Fenton, Brilliant cut, decorative, Depression, etched
  • Historical memorabilia – Autographs, photos,
  • Home Décor – If it look good in someone else’s home, bring it
  • Household items – basic stuff everyone needs
  • Hollywood – Autographs, photos, memorabilia
  • Jewelry – From the very best to costume jewelry
  • Lamps – Tiffany-style, banquet lamps, floor or desk lamps
  • Militaria – Civil War stuff is very hot
  • Pottery – Hardest thing to value – be ready to tell us about it
  • Records – Old and in excellent condition. Nothing after 1970
  • Native American – Anything authentic
  • Silver – Sterling silver souvenir spoons, and flatware
  • Sports memorabilia – autographs & cards (pre-1970 only)
  • Tools – Power and non-power tools
  • Vintage toys – From the 80s, 70s, 60s and earlier
  • Used furniture – Chest of drawers, coffee tables, end tables, repurposed/refinished pieces, dining sets, book shelves, chairs
  • Western – Anything western

Last year they raised $3,000–with your help donating quality items, and, even better, buying new-to-you treasures–they are looking to raise $4,000!

If you can’t make it by during that time, you can still support the arts by donating to our Go Get Funding Project raising money for next year’s Excellence in Printmaking exhibition.  We’re already at 10% of our goal.  You can help us reach it with donations as little as $1.

Excellence in Printmaking UPDATE

A few weeks ago we mentioned that 2013 will be the first year Excellence in Printmaking goes national.  Meaning, this exhibition is now open to MFA and BFA candidates focusing on printmaking anywhere in the continental United States, instead of just the greater mid-Atlantic.  We’re so excited to open this exhibition up to more deserving artists, but with that wider scope comes larger costs.  Just to get the word out about the call for entries will cost about $500 (if we don’t spread the word, who will apply???)  Costs add up from there.

Traditionally, these costs are funded by entry fees.   But, if there’s one entity that faces harder financial times than a fine art organization, it’s a fine art student!  We’d love to be able to have them enter for free, and that’s where you come in.  Donate to our Excellence in Printmaking Goes National project on Go Get Funding to help us out!  If we reach our funding goal, we’ll refund any entry fees we’ve received so far and lower any further entrant’s fees to $0!!!  There’s some pretty sweet thank you gifts, too.  Check it out and donate today!

Maryland Arts Day 2012 Report

On Wednesday, February 8, director Annie Newman went to Maryland Arts Day in Annapolis.  Representatives from 240 arts organizations were present to lobby the Maryland legislators on arts funding.  Annie met specifically with representatives of Montgomery County, including State Delegates Heather Mizeur and Sheila Hixson.  Annie and other representatives from arts organizations in Montgomery County urged these officials to support the flat budget proposed by the Governor–as our leader, Eliot Pfanstiehl of Strathmore Hall and Maryland Citizens for the Arts told us, “flat is the new up,”–and also to reject a proposal known as BRFA (pronounced “berfa,” it stands for the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act) which would discontinue the Arts Council’s mandated increases for Fiscal Year 2013.

Perhaps you heard recently that the state of Maryland budgeted $36 million dollars this year for snow removal.  It just so happens that the arts generate over $36 million in state and local tax revenue, essentially paying for that expense.  Arts organizations also support local small businesses and provide more than 11,000 jobs in Maryland.  So, we like to think that the Arts are a wise investment.  We hope you do, too.

Even if you missed this year’s Maryland Arts Day, you can still support arts funding by calling or writing a letter to your representative.  If you don’t know who your representatives are, you can find out on this website.  Maryland citizens for the arts also provides a wonderful Advocacy Toolkit when it comes to lobbying for the arts.  As Heather Mizeur told us, sometimes it’s apathy, not malice, that kills an action.  If you don’t contact your representatives to let them know what you care about, whether it be arts funding or something else, they won’t know!