by nomabid
Washington, D.C., May 6, 2008…. The NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) Business Improvement District (BID) in Washington, D.C. is hosting two exciting free public arts and entertainment events opening this week: Artomatic and the James Bond Film Festival.Artomatic, the Washington, D.C., area’s homegrown art extravaganza, opens to the public at noon on Friday, May 9, with over 700 visual artists and 300 performances, including the fire-dancing troupe Flights of Fire on Friday night and performance art in the form of a new TV game show “The Road to Success!” on Saturday.

Artomatic 2008 will occupy ten floors of the Capitol Plaza I building, located at 1200 First Street (1st and M Streets), N.E., in Washington, D.C., just one block west of the New York Avenue Metro station. Show hours are Fridays and Saturdays: noon–2 a.m.; Sundays: noon–10 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays: 5 p.m.–10 p.m.; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Artomatic’s closing day is June 15. A full schedule of events is available at http://www.artomatic.org.

The summer-long James Bond Film Festival opens May 8 with “Dr. No” beginning at dusk at the intersection of Florida and New York Avenues, N.E. The site is located directly across Florida Avenue from the New York Avenue Metro station on the Red Line and the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) headquarters. Bond films will be shown each Thursday night through August 28, rain or shine, with each film showing preceded by an Odd Job and other Bond character look-alike contest. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and a picnic and walk, bike, or take Metro. The film series will take place on the future site of MRP Realty’s Washington Gateway project, a one million square foot mixed-use project that will begin construction later this year. A movie schedule and map are available at http://www.georgetownfilmfest.com/james_bond/noma_bond.html.

“NoMa is ready to welcome tens of thousands of visitors to Artomatic and the James Bond Film Festival so they can see the transformation that is under way in NoMa,” said Elizabeth Price, President of the NoMa BID. “NoMa is currently a hotbed of construction activity and now, thanks to these events, the neighborhood will be bursting with art and entertainment.”

About the NoMa BID:
NoMa is an emerging mixed-use neighborhood north of the U.S. Capitol and Union Station in Washington, D.C. Private developers have invested over $1 billion in 2007–2008 alone, with plans to develop more than 20 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail space in the 35-block area covered by the NoMa BID over the next 10 years. For more information about the BID, including an interactive development map, see the BID Web site at https://www.nomabid.org.

About Artomatic:
Artomatic is a creative community that collaborates to produce and present a free arts spectacular. Participation is open to all, from recognized artists to undiscovered talents, who work in a variety of arts forms. In partnership with the development community, Artomatic transforms unused building space into a playground for expression, serves as a catalyst for community growth in up-and-coming neighborhoods, and helps to grow our creative economy. The nonprofit Artomatic organization is headed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit http://www.artomatic.org.