Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Stats Brag

In April of 2003, DC Art News averaged around 1,000 hits a month, a year later, in April of 2004, we averaged around 2,000 hits a month. In April of 2005 we averaged around 10,000 hits a month, and now in 2006 we're well on our way to average over 30,000 hits a month.

And this is just for a website focused generally upon the Greater Washington DC visual arts scene.

What does this say? I believe that it re-affirms that we have one of the healthiest and most vibrant art scenes in the nation, and also one that thirsts for some media attention; any attention! And for information, and ideas, and healthy feedback about the visual arts.

Keep coming back, and I'll keep writing.

Thank you!

Express has a Blog

Readexpress.com, the online web companion to the Express, the popular freebie newspaper for the Washington D.C. metropolitan area that is owned by The Washington Post Company has a new site that offers "frequently updated features and a variety of interactive tools including locally-oriented blogs, real-time polling on hot issues and a lively classifieds marketplace. The site will also feature a dynamic map centered on local classifieds, and extensive restaurant and entertainment listings drawn from Express and washingtonpost.com."

The Express has done a pretty good job, considering its size, in covering the visual arts, and we sincerely hope that the re-vamped online presence will also expand the newspaper's look at our galleries, museums and artists.

Update: Just saw this, which answers my above plea, as now we know that Kriston will be policing the DC area art scene for the Express' blog, in addition to his Eyelevel blog duties, his CP writing assignments and his own G.Police work. You better get a car Texan!

Reminder: Women's Caucus for Art's 2006 Annual Networking Day

This coming Saturday, the Women’s Caucus for Art of Greater Washington DC will be having their 2006 Annual Networking Day, focusing on exhibiting and marketing your art.

I will be presenting a focused talk covering marketing. This presentation has been derived from our Bootcamp for Artists seminar. This event is free and open to the public.

When: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 29, 2006
Where: Goodwin House
3440 South Jefferson Street
Falls Church, VA 22041

The Women’s Caucus for Art, a major national non-profit member organization, was founded in 1972 and is an affiliated society of the College Art Association. It is unique in its multi-disciplinary, multicultural membership. WCA members are artists, art historians, arts administrators, museum and gallery professionals, teachers, students, curators, critics, collectors, and others who are committed to WCA’s goals.

For more info call 301.910.1231 or email Authentic_Art@att.net.

See ya there!

Small Grants Seminar

Co-hosted by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the folks at Artomatic.

When: Monday, May 8th at 6:00 PM at the Warehouse Café.

As most of you know, there will be an Artomatic later this year, and all DC artists considering participation in Artomatic 2006 this fall should consider this seminar.

The Small Projects Program offers grants up to $1,000 for individual artists and arts organizations. The program seeks to make grant funds more accessible for small scale arts projects with budgets under $3,000 and gives priority to individuals and organizations new to the Commission's grant program.

Projects may include but are not limited to the following: arts presentations; technical assistance services to aid fundraising, marketing, and managerial efforts; documentation of activities and artistic product through photography, brochures, portfolios, "demo" tapes, or slides; or art related conferences, workshops and seminars which enhance and strengthen artistic and professional development.

The deadline for the Small Projects Program is June 2, 2006 at 7pm. Program Officer for the grant is Tania Tam, who can be reached at 202-724-1400.

If you are planning to participate in AOM 2006, then plan ahead and apply for a project grant to expand your AOM 2006 participation!

Job in the Arts

Exhibits Administrative Assistant, Smithsonian Institution.

Announcement Number: 06AM 6054. Administrative Assistant in the Department of Exhibitions and Special Projects, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution. GS-7, salary $35,671 - $47,669 + benefits.

The incumbent provides administrative support to departmental staff in a fast paced creative environment. Establishes procedures for ordering supplies and equipment, generates purchase orders and purchase card transactions, maintains long-term exhibition and special projects calendars, establishes and maintains filing systems, makes travel arrangements, assists designers with the layout and production of labels and exhibition graphics, organizes the office's electronic data.

Experience in PeopleSoft, Excel, Word, and graphic production software is preferred. Position closes April 28, 2006. Salary: $35,671.00 +.

Please see Announcement Number 06AM-6054 at www.sihr.si.edu for application instructions.