Artomatic media contact Marina Reiter reiter marina gmail com by hubeybrown


									                                                     NoMa BID media contact:
Artomatic media contact:                             Leslie Braunstein
Marina Reiter                                        703-234-7762

For immediate release: May 8, 2008

Artomatic offers free events for kids every weekend

       If you’ve got a budding Frida Kahlo or Pablo Picasso in your family, Artomatic will the place
for your kids to be this summer. The five-week event will include more than a dozen free
children’s activities, including hands-on workshops, tours and other arts-related attractions. And
that’s in addition to the thousands of artworks that will be on display.

        Held regularly since 1999, Artomatic is the Washington, D.C., area's one-of-a-kind
multimedia arts event. More than 1,000 artists — including about 700 visual artists and 300
performers — are participating in this year’s event. For the first time, Artomatic will be hosting a
full lineup of events designed especially for younger artists.

      Free children’s activities are scheduled for every weekend of Artomatic, which will be held
May 9–June 15. The kids events kick off Saturday May 10 with storytelling at noon and continue
with drawing, dolls, portraits, poetry and more on subsequent days. Kids will get to express their
                                     creativity through hands-on activities such as making their own
                                     mobiles, seed mosaics or fanciful paper hats.

                                           “Artomatic is for everyone in the community, including
                                    children, so we’ve designed a full slate of events just for them,”
                                    said Fran Atkinson, Artomatic children’s activities co-chair.
                                    “Today’s creative kids are tomorrow’s artists.”

                                           While at Artomatic, kids should check out the 10th floor,
                                    which is home to more than three dozen Peeps dioramas.
                                    Artomatic is once again hosting finalists from the Sunday
                                    Source Peeps Diorama Contest held by The Washington Post.
                                    On Saturday, May 31, from noon to 2 p.m., children can take
                                    part in a tour of the Peeps dioramas and a free Peeps
                                    diorama-making workshop. A second diorama workshop will be
                                    held June 7. The dioramas can also be viewed anytime during
                                    regular Artomatic hours.

       Families will also want to browse the wide range of artwork on display at Artomatic.
Artomatic will include nine floors of visual artwork, including ceramics, sculptures, installations,
paintings, fiber works, photography and murals. Artomatic is unique in that it is an inclusive and
open art event, showcasing works from a range of performers and artists. Artomatic is an open,
unjuried event. Not all artwork may not be suited for children, so parents should use their own
judgment as they accompany their families during the event.
       Parents who bring their children to Artomatic will want to pick up a copy of the Kidsomatic
Self-Tour Guide, which includes a list of artworks that appeal to kids, as selected by Artomatic
children’s events organizers. Copies of the guide will be available on the first floor.

      All Artomatic children’s events are free, but space may be limited. To RSVP and reserve a
space, visit Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a
parent during kids activities. For questions on more information on the children’s schedule, e-mail
e-mail Fran Atkinson at

        Presented in collaboration with the NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) Business
Improvement District (BID), Artomatic 2008 is expected to attract more than 50,000 visitors during
its five-week run. The event will be held on 10 floors — more than 200,000 square feet — of the
Capitol Plaza I building. The building is located at 1200 First Street, N.E., just one block west of
the New York Avenue Metro station, in Washington, D.C.

     For a full list of all Artomatic activities, visit the online event calendar at The site also contains a catalog of artists taking part in Artomatic with
images of their work as well as videos and music from performers.

     For directions and hours, call the Artomatic infoline at 202-339-9007. Visitors are strongly
encouraged to take Metro to Artomatic.

Photo credit: A piñata-making workshop was one of the kids events at Aromatic 2007. Photo by Greg

Schedule subject to change. Check the Artomatic Web site for class updates and descriptions: Children’s events meet at the Artomatic education room on the seventh floor.

Saturday, May 10                      Saturday, May 24                       Sunday, June 8
Noon–2 p.m.                           2 p.m.–4 p.m.                          1-2:30 p.m.
Storytelling                          Spoken Word Workshop                   Kids and Parents Art Challenge

1-5 p.m.                              Saturday, May 31                       Friday, June 13
Mural painting                        Noon - 2 p.m.                          Time TBD
                                      Peeps Tour and Diorama                 Dance & Vocal Orientation
3-5 p.m.                              Workshop I
Art Dolls                                                                    Saturday, June 14
                                      2 p.m.-4 p.m.                          Time TBD
Sunday, May 11                        Collage/Mixed Media                    Dance & Vocal Workshop
1–2:30 p.m.
Expressive Drawing                    Sunday, June 1                         Noon-2 p.m.
                                      4 p.m.-6 p.m.                          Seed Mosaics/Seed Rattles
Saturday, May 17                      Mobile Art
10 a.m.–Noon                                                                 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Piñata Workshop                       Saturday, June 7                       Fanciful Paper Hats
                                      Noon-2 p.m.
Noon–2 p.m.                           Drawing Your Dreams                    3 p.m.-5 p.m.
Mobile Art by Paul Sikora                                                    Sculpt A Story
                                      3-5 p.m.
2 p.m.-4 p.m.                         Peeps Diorama Workshop II

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

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

ARTOMATIC 2008                                   HOURS
May 9–June 15                                    Wednesday–Thursdays: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
1200 First Street, N.E.                          Fridays–Saturdays:     Noon to 2 a.m.
(Corner of 1st and M streets N.E.)               Sundays:               Noon to 10 p.m.
Washington, D.C.                                 Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
(New York Avenue Metro station, Red

Free, but donations accepted           

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