by nomabid
Washington, D.C., October 24, 2008…The District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) has awarded the NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) Business Improvement District (BID) a $50,000 matching grant to fund the installation of public art in the heart of the NoMa neighborhood. DCCAH is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.The grant was made possible through the Public Art Building Communities grant program, which offers funds to eligible artists and nonprofit organizations for the creation and installation of permanent public art projects in the District, including sculptures, mosaics, murals, special paving, custom benches, artistic gates, and more.

To implement the grant, the NoMa BID will issue a call to artists this fall for the fabrication and installation of permanent, iconic artwork in the plaza space at the northwest corner of 1st and M Streets, N.E., just one block from the New York Avenue Metro station. Preference will be given to artists who reside and/or work in Washington, D.C. Artists are encouraged to check the BID Website (https://www.nomabid.org) for updates.

“First Street is envisioned as NoMa’s future Main Street, and will be lined with shops and other places for residents, workers, and visitors to explore and enjoy,” noted Dana Chieco, Planning and Program Manager for the NoMa BID. “Public artwork will contribute to the vibrancy of the public realm, and provide opportunities for local artists to develop and showcase their talents.”

“The NoMa BID is committed to the installation of high-quality and accessible public artwork at strategic locations in the neighborhood, which will engage residents and visitors, foster neighborhood identity, and support economic revitalization, arts education, and the local arts community,” added Liz Price, President of the NoMa BID. The artwork is expected to be completed and installed by Fall of 2009.

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.