Public Art Commissions to Enrich the 8th St Arts Park in Brookland

Dance Place has been awarded a prestigious $500,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to support the creation of an Arts Park in the now vacant Kearny Street NE Alley between Dance Place and the adjacent Brookland Artspace Lofts. Funding will support interactive programming for all ages as well as wayfinding efforts in our Brookland/Edgewood neighborhood. We are delighted to announce the selection of Blue Skye Construction Company and Lee and Associates Landscape Architects as our partners for the construction of the Arts Park.

In support of this project, Dance Place has been awarded the Public Art Building Community grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to engage the first round of public art commissions. We are thrilled to feature the wonderful works of the following local artists in the Arts Park: Valerie Theberge, Charles Bergen and Tim Kime.

About Charles Bergen

Charles Bergen is inspired by a lifelong interest in living beings, specifically in their natural habitats and environments. The beauty, power and athleticism of living creatures, human and wildlife, draw Bergen to recreate their forms and figures. Bergen approaches all his work from a standpoint of understanding how living creatures move, to emulate them in the most precise way. Sculpture has always been a part of Bergen’s life. Since childhood, the physical act of working with his hands has motivated him to engage and entice the viewer. His work is designed to be touched, picked up, held and manipulated. By building a physical connection between the work and the viewer, Bergen hopes to motivate his audiences to take steps – be they small or very large – to protect these natural beings and the environments in which they live.

About Tim Kime

Tim Kime, a Brookland resident for 22 years, is an artist and life coach. He is Founder & Creative Force of Transformation Junkies which upcycles furniture and other household items. He is also the President of Kime Leadership Associates, which offers coaching, meeting facilitation, motivational speaking and team building. Tim combined his two passions with the Spring 2015 launch of his Art of Possibilities Workshops that are part repurposing, part dreaming and part goal-setting. Goodwill of Greater Washington, Covenant House Washington, Leadership Montgomery and Pathways, DC are among the groups that have hosted these transformational sessions for their employees and members.

About Valerie Theberge

Valerie graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she majored in painting and drawing. She moved to China to study the Chinese language and Chinese painting. She received a certificate in Chinese painting in 1992. Her art career took her to Hong Kong where she trained with a British company and specialized in the art of mosaics. While in Hong Kong, Valerie studied Asian culture and obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1999. Valerie has worked on projects in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, India and the United States. She currently works in her studio located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area

WHAT: Public Art Commissions by Local Artists

WHEN: Installation Winter/Spring 2016

WHERE: Dance Place, 3225 8th Street NE, Washington, DC 20017; two blocks from Redline Brookland/CUA Metro station; free and convenient parking

About Dance Place

Founded in 1980, the mission of Dance Place is to build a community of artists, audiences and students through high quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs for audiences of all ages. Since 1986 Dance Place has been a resident of Ward 5, offering weekly dance performances, daily classes and a wide variety of youth programs. We are proud to serve as “the hub of dance activity in Washington DC” (Alan Kriegsman, The Washington Post) and be the recipient of the DC Mayor’s Arts Awards for “Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education” and “Excellence in Service to the Arts.”

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