Thanks to a random and chance encounter with local legendary artist Tim Tate yesterday, I, like Richard Dreyfuss in “Close Encounters” have discovered that we’re not alone. …Come to think of it, I guess it could also be the Dreyfuss in “Jaws” as well. …Well now, almost every Dreyfuss movie is a series of conclusionary actions which lead you to… Wait. What?
The website for Artomatic is a database for all things art in this city, with profiles and pages telling the visitors about who is who and what is what in the community of art here in DC. Its serves another purpose though, (and for all of you that already know about this, bear with me because when I found this yesterday, I thought I had just found a cure for cancer.) and is the meeting place and foundation for the event that is ‘Artomatic’. From the website –
Artomatic is a month-long multimedia arts event that draws together visual artists, musicians and performers and brings their work to the community without charge. It was originally conceived as a way to break down the geographical and social segmentation of the Washington arts scene, to bring art directly to the public and to build cohesion among artists. The city’s ongoing development in recent years has diffused the arts community by breaking up pockets of artist studios. In addition, local artists are sometimes overshadowed by national blockbuster shows and federal landmarks. Artomatic provides a forum for all of our area’s artists to convene, perform and exhibit, strengthening the visibility, cohesion, and marketplace of Washington’s arts community.
Think about this… 30+ days. 90,000sq feet of space. 700 artists. Over 31,500 visitors. If you’re in this community, and you’re a creative type, and you’re not involved with this movement, waste no more time reading my sometimes sarcastic dribble, and head over to the site and check out the “Barry Bonds-ian”, districtcreatives-on-steroids web-page and movement that is, Artomatic.