Both artists and art lovers flocked to Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage this Monday for CulturalDC’s first ever VISIONDC. Located in the Southwest Waterfront, a neighborhood surrounded by cranes, the panels at this event fostered discussions on how to help the arts community in the nation's capital flourish.
In one panel, called “Call to Community,” there was emphasis on how cultural diversity helps and sharing resources is essential. In another panel, called “The ‘G’ Word,” the emphasis was placed on how affordable housing for artists is an issue and how displacement needs to be discussed in order to fix it.
By the end of the summit, a panel, called “Art Tank,” was held, inspired by ABC’s TV Show, Shark Tank. In this event, artists pitched concepts for city art projects to investors, who bid on and funded the projects on the spot. The budget for each project was between $5,000 to $10,000.
While VISIONDC is expected to occur once every two years, the “Art Tank” event is hoped to become a regular annual event.
For those who missed this year’s VISIONDC and for those who want to relive it, check out the approximately 30 photos below