Art Lives Here Announces… Design/Build Challenge!

Photo of artist Carol-lynn Swol's tools by Krista Schyler

Photo of artist Carol-lynn Swol’s tools by Krista Schyler

Attention metal fabricators, woodworkers, tradespeople and upcyclers! Art Lives Here and Community Forklift are issuing TWO design/build challenges this month. One is an Art Lives Here metal sign and the other is a counter top for the incubator gallery. Contestants are strongly encouraged to visit Community Forklift to scope out materials for the design.

Winners will receive a $500 contract and a $250 materials credit at Community Forklift to build and install the project by September 25, 2015. Top five runners-up in each challenge will receive $25 credit at Community Forklift and their design displayed in the Art Lives Here incubator gallery.

Anyone who works, lives and/or plays in the Gateway Arts District is eligible to submit a design entry. Deadline to submit is August 28, 2015 at 5pm. Winners and runners-up will be announced September 4, 2015. Projects must be installed by September 25, 2015. Contact Anne at or Ruthie at with questions.

Choose a challenge by clicking this link!

Mourning Bird debut today 8/4 at 3pm before National Night Out in Hyattsville

From the Calendar:

Ceremony To Take Place Tue 8/4 3pm At Koch Auto RadiatorOpen PDF

HYATTSVILLE, MD – Koch Auto Radiator and the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation are proud to announce the unveiling of a new public art sculpture, entitled “Mourning Bird,” at National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4th at 3PM in Downtown Hyattsville. The sculpture was commissioned by business owners Paul and Susan Koch as part of the Gateway Arts District Art Lives Here: Biz-Art Match-Up Initiative.  “Mourning Bird”, painted by artist Mark Walker, reimagines a former Prince George’s County Birds-I-View statue as a blue bird that honors and remembers the fallen heroes of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

The sculpture’s new home is situated atop a pedestal at the corner of Route 1/Baltimore Avenue and Crittenden Street, at 4211 Crittenden St, Hyattsville, MD 20781. Visitors are invited to the unveiling ceremony at 3PM where local officers and the public can pay remembrance to officers killed in the line of duty followed by the National Night Out activities in West Hyattsville near the Queens Chapel Town Center shopping center.

Mourning Bird” is a non-profit private sector collaboration to express appreciation and gratitude for the public service of the men and women of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

To learn more about the Hyattsville CDC’s Business-Artist Partnership program, visit To learn more about artist Mark Walker, visit Koch Auto Radiator Service can be found online at http://pkars.comLastly, to learn more about the National Night Out programming in Hyattsville (District 1), click here.

July 30, 2015
Contact: Justin Fair, Hyattsville CDC
(301) 683-8267

Art Lives Here Incubator Takes Root in the Gateway Arts District

RFP issued for Creative Industry Entrepreneurs In the Region

Mount Rainier, MD –Today, Art Lives Here launched phase 3 of the initiative by issuing a request for proposal to recruit small businesses from throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Targeting entrepreneurs in the communications field, (marketing, graphic and 3D design, film and digital media and other creative industries) project organizers aim to create a communications hub that will support current resident businesses as well as those expected in the Gateway Arts District’s new wave of development. The incubator will be located at 3311 Rhode Island Avenue in Mount Rainier, MD and is a part of the Gateway Community Development Corporation’s economic development programming.

Art Lives Here began in 2011 as a placemaking and visibility campaign. Fueled by local artists, the project used pop-up and temporary in-fill strategies to support underperforming locations in the neighborhood. Phase 3 will create a permanent home for some of the region’s most innovative entrepreneurs. “Our goal is to trigger a street-level transformation while directly supporting creative enterprises and to foster a business-friendly climate throughout the arts district,” says project director, Anne L’Ecuyer.

“Prince George’s County is quickly becoming a magnet to the most creative artists in the National Capital Region, throughout the State of Maryland, and amongst the national and international arts communities.  With the opening of this incubator, the County is offering more incredible opportunities for a greater diversity of artists to not only create amazing work, but viable careers and growth of cutting edge, creative enterprises,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.

A committee of regional arts, government and business leaders will advise in the selection process. The first review of applications will begin on August 7, 2015, with selected businesses moving in as early as September 1, 2015. The program, which will include reduced rents, technical training and support, one-on-one counseling and marketing support, will continue through the end of 2016. The estimated value of the packages for each business is $15,000.

The project is funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) with additional funding from the Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County. Other partners include the City of Mount Rainier, ArtSpace USA, Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council, Joe’s Movement Emporium, and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

RFP can be found by clicking here.

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About Gateway CDC: Gateway Community Development Corporation drives economic revitalization along the U.S. Route 1 Corridor through business and neighborhood development initiatives including promotion of the arts as a community building strategy. Gateway CDC works within the communities of Brentwood, North Brentwood and Mt. Rainier, MD and in collaboration with multiple partners to ensure the success of the entire Gateway Arts District. Gateway CDC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in North Brentwood, Prince George’s County, Maryland. For more information about Gateway CDC, visit