Urban Artistry members, Maren Cummings and Emily Oleson took part in DeanwoodxDesign this weekend on Saturday, July 14th. DeanwoodxDesign is a four-month long project that showcases the rich arts, cultural, historical, and green space assets of Deanwood and Ward 7 through a community-wide, intergenerational, and collaborative effort. This project was funded by an ArtPlace grant from the DC Office of Planning (OP) and managed by Partners for Livable Communities (Partners). DxD is one of four Arts and Culture Temporiums that OP has funded through ArtPlace in the emerging creative neighborhoods.
Emily Oleson, as a co-founder of Good Foot Dance Company and Artistic Director of Urban Artistry, performed pop out performances of traditional and vernacular movement from American percussive dance. Their movements show the connections between Irish and European step dance, Appalachian flatfooting, tap, and contemporary movement. As Good Foot Dance Company performed on the porch of The Fishing School, Maren Cummings, Assistant Director of Operations for Urban Artistry and Senior Site Coordinator for The Fishing School, did arts and crafts with youth. The Fishing School serves as a safe haven that has offered academic and enrichment programs to more than 3,000 young people and their families in Washington, D.C for the past 22 years. With such a rich history and investment in the development of youth and their families, The Fishing School served as a temporium space for this DeanwoodxDesign kick-off event.
Urban Artistry has been a partner of The Fishing School for the past year, offering classes during the after-school programming. We also currently have two members working for the Fishing School during the summer program. We are invested in building communities and recognizing histories through our work as professional company members as well as in our individual careers.