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Dance Place's New Digs

April 30, 2010
Washington, DC

What a day for a groundbreaking ceremony! After some brisk to downright frosty mornings here in Washington, April 30 blossomed into a delightful spring day, perfect for people to gather at Dance Place in northeast DC to celebrate the start of construction for Brookland Artspace Lofts. This $13 million arts campus in DC?s Brookland neighborhood will house 41 affordable live/work units for artists and their families as well as facilities for performances, rehearsals, education programs, and administration for Dance Place. A recipient of several NEA grants, Dance Place is a nationally recognized community arts center focused on dance.

If you?ve been reading the Art Works blog, you know how this project would fit tongue and groove with the themes of Rocco?s speeches and programming ideas for the NEA. He was thrilled to see a project with the level of integrity, ambition, and connectedness to community taking shape in his own backyard.

In his comments to the assembled guests he noted, ?As much as I have been talking about artists as placemakers, I haven?t yet spent as much time talking about places as artist-makers, and the things that communities need to do to invest in creating the next generation of artists. This project does exactly that.?

We look forward to watching as this new member of the community grows and flourishes.

In the shovel kick line with Rocco (far right) are Dance Place director Deborah Riley (3rd from the left with the white sweater) and its founder and director Carla Perlo (6th from left). Kelley Lindquist president and Heidi Kurtze director of property development with Artspace are first and fifth in the line. Photo by Victoria Hutter

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