ART LIVES HERE

Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

Cattle Call! Let Us Take Your Picture

In a world of smartphones, selfies and increasing access to professional photography tools, why would the Art Lives Here team want to corral all the incredible artists of the Gateway Arts District (GAD) in for a free professional headshot? The answer is simple:

We want to get to know you.

Singer/songwriter Tamar Wellons is interviewed by the Theater Tech Program, a workforce development program housed in Joe's Movement Emporium

Singer/songwriter Tamara Wellons is interviewed by the Theater Tech Program, a workforce development program housed in Joe’s Movement Emporium, photo by the Theater Tech Program

There are hundreds of artists registered online at MyGatewayArts.org, but our experience living, working and playing in the GAD has taught us there are so many more artists here than we know. So we’re funding an attempt to meet them all, document where they live and work, and photograph them all for free.

The creative placemaking story is a classic one. Artists move into an area, make it better, then comes big retail and big housing, prices go up, artists move out. This is not that story.

Founded in 2001 following the drive of four municipalities acting as one community to revitalize their neighborhoods and to develop an arts space designed to support artists’ living and working, the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts & Entertainment District is a safe, vital, and attractive mixed-use environment that celebrates the diversity of art and entertainment that exists in the two-mile corridor.

Artist Margaret Boozer at Red Dirt Studio during the Gateway Community Development Corporation Open Studios Tour

Artist Margaret Boozer at Red Dirt Studio during the Gateway Community Development Corporation Open Studios Tour, photo by the Theater Tech Program

So how can we ensure the Gateway Arts District stays a haven for artists? By putting a face to a name. The Art Lives Here initiative is funded though the end of December 2014 with the goal of leaving the GAD empowered as a place where funders want to invest. But we can’t seek more funding to support area artists without the facts. How many artists are living here? How many artists are working here? What are these artists doing? What is their story? We are more than a list of names, studios and organizations: we live here, we create here, and we love it here. 

THIS PHOTO SHOOT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR:

  1. Us to get to know you better: what kind of art do you produce, what is the medium you work in, where do you do your work, where do you show/perform it?
  2. Us to get a great head shot of you with your creative touchstone for your personal and professional use, and also to become a part of a limited edition Art Lives Here poster.

What is this creative touchstone? We’re glad you asked! Perhaps it’s as simple as the instrument you play or the brushes you use, or as esoteric as a leaf from the tree you always compose under, or the book you read to inspire your writing, or the mug you use when burning the midnight oil, churning over an idea.

Interactive Art Wall by artist Nehemiah Dixon III

Interactive Art Wall by artist Nehemiah Dixon III, photo by Marketa Ebert

Whatever your touchstone is, it’s a part of you, and we want a portrait of you with it. This is an opportunity for us to show you off, as more than the names or numbers that makes up an arts district, but as the faces of the people who give the GAD its creative energy.

The ALH team will be organizing a photo shoot for artists that live and/or work in the GAD. If interested, please click here and fill out the form.

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About neenajoe

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit www.joesmovement.org

4 comments on “Cattle Call! Let Us Take Your Picture

  1. Ellyn Weiss
    June 9, 2014

    I am gone until September but Monica Buitrago has some good video of me.

  2. Alonzo
    June 9, 2014

    Monica, u got a shot of me in the studio……..

  3. Mike Kurtz
    July 6, 2014

    I signed up for a photo shoot. But didn’t take note of the location!! I believe it was Joe’s Theater?

    • neenajoe
      July 7, 2014

      If your photoshoot time was July 16, 17, 20 or 26 the location is Joe’s theater! We will be sending out an email to all who signed up before the shoot to remind you of the location and time. Looking forward to seeing you!

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