The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is looking for a name for its newest neighbor, a grasshopper sculpture residing at the corner of 7th and G Streets, SE. The grasshopper, sculpted by artist and CHAW teaching artist Carolina Mayorga, is part of the Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project (CHAAAP), a community-based public art project featuring ten semi-permanently-installed sculptures on selected street signs in the Southeast quadrant of DC. The project is funded by the DC Department of Transportation and administered by the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.
“Each of these ten animals is special,” says Hannah Jacobson, CHAAAP Project Manager, “and all of them tell a story: individually about their street corners, their artists, and their materials, and together as a collective narrative about the community. The Grasshopper represents the CHAW story, and the CHAW story is fundamentally about building community through the arts. We invite you to be creative, be zany, and be fearless in naming the sculpture, because our Grasshopper reflects all the CHAWsome people who come through these doors every day!”
CHAW will be collecting name submissions through August 15, 2014 by email at email@example.com, through CHAW’s Facebook page (Capitol Hill Arts Workshop), through CHAW’s twitter page (@CHAWinDC), and at the CHAW front desk at 545 7th St, SE. The top three names will be announced the week of August 18th and will be put to a vote with the winning name revealed on September 19, 2014. Prizes will be awarded to the top namers.
CHAAAP is part of “This Place Has A Voice,” three independent, intersecting public art projects and events highlighting the history and people of Southeast DC. This project comprises of three distinctive collections of “visual stories” as told by 22 artists and an historian including the Cube at Canal Park, Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project, and Then and Now. They are connected and augmented by historic research of the neighborhood. Under the direction of Bruce McKaig, the projects are administered by the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in collaboration with the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, DC Department of Transportation, DC Humanities Council, and the Capital Riverfront BID. The projects will converge on Saturday, September 20, 2104 for an interactive twilight festival in and around the Capitol Riverfront and Canal Park area. The festival, hosted by event artists and project administrator Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, celebrates three years of cumulative art-making activity through projections, presentations, and performances that reflect the identity and imagery of the community over time. For more information about the projects or upcoming festival, visit http://www.thisplacehasavoice.info.