Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Does DC need organized advocacy for its artists?

There once was an organization called Artist's Equity (see the original chapter at http://www.anny.org/2/orgs/0033/nyae.htm) whose mission it was to advocate on behalf of the working artist. They addressed practical issues like a place to live, a place to work, insurance, healthcare. Artist's Equity still exists, but I'm afraid it is a shadow of itself. DC even had a chapter, though I'm not really sure what it's mission was. The DC chapter of artists Equity that I remember was little more than a vanity gallery.

Wouldn't it be great if DC had such an entity? One that lobbied the DC government actively for artist's live/work space, affordable health care, insurance, a stake in the city's growth, some profile? Some Love? Artists are good for DC! Instead of us getting chased from our studios by gentrification help us find a place to be DC!

Urbancode wants to know your thoughts on the subject. Weigh in with your sentiment on our poll. Vote YES if you think we definitely need such an organization, Vote NO for definitely not, vote Maybe if you're wishy-washy, vote Huh? if you don't know what the hell we're talking about!

Annapolis considering the creation of an "Arts District"

Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer plans to introduce legislation to create the city's first arts and entertainment district with the hope that it will revitalize outer West Street by offering tax benefits and other incentives to lure artists into the city. Seems to have worked in the district. Just look at all of the, once art friendly neighborhoods, that are now Fudrucker's friendly.

Read all about it here.