Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Performance at BLANK SPACE OPEN HOUSE in SE, Washington DC

Contact: Lisa Bacon
Program and Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 202-365-8392
Mailing Address: 1227 Good Hope Road SE
Washington DC 20020
New Blank Space Arts Venue to Host Open House

December 9, 2010 (Washington, DC) -- Blank Space SE, a new permanent creative pop-up space in Anacostia, will be hosting its first ever Open House event since its inception in October. The Open House will be held Wednesday, January 5, 2011 from 11am-7pm with a performance portion from 5-7pm.

The event will include a special performance by Urban Artistry, a non-profit collective of dancers, artists, historians, musicians, folklorists and documentary filmmakers on a mission to preserve and continue the practice of urban dance, music and arts culture. As well as a one-day only, special photo exhibition by Critical Exposure, a non-profit organization founded in 2004 that teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change.

Blank Space SE welcomes all professional, experimental, visionary, original artists and organizations to use the space as their own temporary creative home, as it is meant to be the ideal rental venue for all forms of creative projects and outlets. Community members are invited as well as local organizations and schools. This event is free and open to the public.

Blank Space SE, located at 1922 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, is available for many different projects, including (but not limited to): the production of your own art exhibit, a dance or theatre event, a workshop or classroom, a short term studio, a think tank, a creative crucible, a pop up boutique, or business.

Blank Space SE is a project of the ARCH Development Corporation (, a twenty year old not for profit dedicated to the creative revitalization of the Historic Anacostia community in Washington, D.C.
For further inquiries, please contact Lisa Bacon at Be sure to visit the Blank Space SE website for details:

BBOY Workshop w/ Hannibal from Philly

Urban Artistry Presents:
A Bboying Workshop with Hannibal from Philly

When: Sunday, January 2, 2011 from 4:00pm-7:00pm
Where: Dance Bethesda: 8227 Woodmont Avenue #2a, Bethesda, MD 20814

RED LINE METRO- Bethesda Station
FREE PARKING avaliable in Woodmont Garage

Cost: $20 (2 hour workshop)
4pm Warm up cypher
5pm to 7pm Workshop

Brian “Hannibal” Newby was born and raised in North Philadelphia. He grew up in a neighborhood where he was exposed to many block parties and house parties. Being in this environment led to his first attraction towards dance. He started popping in 1998 after he began watching and mimicking his mother dance. Six years later Hannibal started breaking and also became an influence and teacher to others around him. He was quickly recognized as a dancer with tremendous talent and style. He started his own movement, 360 Flava, where he strived to teach and share the knowledge and full aspect of Hip-Hop. Along with entering and winning b-boy battles, he stepped foot into the commercial business. He danced promotionally for BET and Adidas to name a few. Hannibal was personally sought out and asked to join Rennie Harris Puremovement, allowing him to fully enter the theater world. With the company he has performed at numerous places including Jacob’s Pillow, the San Francisco Hip-Hop Dance Fest, and Apap in New York. His enormous talent has also allowed him to tour internationally to Mexico, Switzerland, and Bolivia where he did work for the U.S. government. With the combination of his talent, knowledge and intelligence, Hannibal has become an outstanding figure in the Hip-Hop community not only in Philadelphia. He is a leader who understands his role and chooses to continue working, learning and inspiring everyday.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

MODERN LUXURY named UA #3 in the Top Ten Artists to Watch in 2011

A special thanks to Philippa P.B. Hughes for recommending us!!

#3 in their list of the top ten DC based artists to watch in 2011

Washington Area Grantmakers FLASH MOB!

...the once-a-year opportunity for the region's social profit community to gather, network and collectively explore some of the most exciting topics and difficult challenges affecting our region and the field of philanthropy. Join us this year as we explore "Opportunities for Impact."

Thursday, November 18, 2010:

URBAN ARTISTRY, Dance MetroDC and the Teen Exchange crashed the WRAG Business meeting to ask for a little bit of HELP! They got together with some secret foundation representatives that learned the FLASH MOB choreography created by Baronhawk Williams of Urban Artistry and jumped up from their luncheon seats to perform with the dancers. The crowd was overwhelmed to see their collegues getting down to the funky sounds and everyone had a great time performing together.

WATCH OUT you never know where we will hit with this years FLASH MOB!

Business Meeting (for members only)
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am | Location: Ronald Reagan Building
Speaker: GABRIEL KASPER, Monitor Instituteand co-author of What's Next for Philanthropy: Acting Bigger and Adapting Better in a Networked World
* Sponsored by the Vradenburg Foundation

Luncheon & Keynote Speaker
Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm | Location: Ronald Reagan Building
Speaker: MANUEL PASTOR, JR., co-author of This Could be the Start of Something BIG: How Social Movements for Regional Equity Are Reshaping Metropolitan America
* Sponsored by Freddie Mac and the Freddie Mac Foundation