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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2014

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FIGMENT DC Announces Call for Art Submissions

DMV Community Funds Free, Participatory Art Event to be held in Anacostia Park, September 27-28

WASHINGTON, DC – Organizers of FIGMENT DC have announced this week that they are now accepting art submissions for the free, inclusive, participatory art event FIGMENT—taking  place September 27-28, 2014, in the park space near the Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion. As part of an international grassroots effort held in multiple cities that draws tens of thousands of participants each year, the 3rd annual FIGMENT DC draws upon the growing momentum of DC denizens’ support and attendance, and is able to proceed with the artist submission process after successfully crowdfunding more than $8,000 to make the event happen.  

Centered around 11 fundamental principles—Participation, Decommodification, Inclusion, Self-Expression, Self-Reliance, Giving, Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility, Leave-no-trace, Immediacy, and Gratitude—FIGMENT DC calls for all manner of creative minds to submit their concept for a participatory artistic contribution to this year’s event. Artists are encouraged to think outside the box and create art with which anyone can engage and play. Previous projects have included inflatable art, social experiments, mobile art, street theatre, community building projects, sound art, workshops and seminars, music performance, as well asdance and motion art. FIGMENT DC,seeks all forms of inclusive, active artistic work that thrive outside the confines of traditional museum space. 

“As we enter the summer festival season, we want people to know that FIGMENT is one of DC's only free, outdoor events that encourages people to create, engage and play at this scale. This is not about being a passive consumer of art or music. It's about connecting with each other and free, self-expression,” said Patty Simonton, co-producer of FIGMENT DC 2014. “Because FIGMENT is a free event with no corporate sponsorship and open to anyone who wants to participate, we are erasing boundaries. At FIGMENT DC, everyone is the artist, and we’re all co-creators of the art. There’s really nothing else like this in DC—and we’re looking forward to the most art-filled, playful  FIGMENT DC yet!”

An opportunity for local artists to engage with a diverse audience and share their work and vision, FIGMENT DC is a family-friendly, free outdoor event open to the public. FIGMENT DC builds community among urban residents and suburbanites alike, as we all collaborate together in generating our collective FIGMENT experience in the beautiful and underutilized outdoor space of Anacostia Park—a magical, colorful playground that everyone can enjoy.

Everyone is invited to submit their concept for an art project to occur at FIGMENT DC, by filling out the submission form on the FIGMENT DC website: http://dc.figmentproject.org/submit_a_project. Planners are anticipating record turnout for both art submissions and attendance this year, as the greater DC metropolitan area demonstrated substantial support for the event’s crowdfunding campaign, which raised over $8,000 to fund the necessary amenities and services to make FIGMENT DC happen. For more information about this successful campaign, visit the FIGMENT DC 2014 crowdfunding campaign website: http://startsomegood.com/figmentdc2014.

To interview participating artists, past FIGMENT DC artists, or other organizers, or to request photos or video of the event, please contact Lauren at 402.540.1208 or DCMedia@figmentproject.org.

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FIGMENT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization entirely funded by grants and individual donations. FIGMENT accepts no corporate sponsorship of any kind. For more information, visit http://www.figmentproject.org and http://dc.figmentproject.org/.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2014

CONTACT:
DCMedia@figmentproject.org

3rd Annual FIGMENT DC Art Event Announced for
September 27-28, 2014

Free, Public, Participatory Art Phenomenon to Occur in Anacostia Park;
Organizers Launch Crowdfunding Campaign

WASHINGTON, DC – Organizers of FIGMENT DC announced this week that the DC interpretation of the free, inclusive, participatory art event FIGMENT will take place September 27-28, 2014, in the park space near the Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion. FIGMENT is an international grassroots effort held in multiple cities that draws tens of thousands of participants each year. The 3rd annual FIGMENT DC draws upon the growing momentum of DC denizens’ support that has been garnered by two consecutive successful FIGMENT DC events, now raising expectations for 2014 to be the most ambitious, tremendous FIGMENT DC yet.

WHAT: FIGMENT DC – Free Participatory Art Phenomenon
WHEN: Saturday September 27, 11am-5pm, Sunday September 28, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Anacostia Park, Section E at the Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion, WDC
WHO: YOU!

A “Leave No Trace” event, FIGMENT DC features local artists whose art submerges participants in interactive co-creation. The event is totally free and open to the public, and provides a much-needed platform for emerging artists to engage with a diverse audience, and share their artistic visions. In a culture where passive spectatorship often prevails over active engagement, FIGMENT DC builds community among urban residents and suburbanites alike, as we all collaborate together in generating our collective FIGMENT experience. Family-friendly and completely non-commercial, FIGMENT transforms the beautiful outdoor space of Anacostia Park into a magical, colorful playground that everyone can enjoy.

“FIGMENT is an opportunity for our DC community to come together and enjoy art in all its forms,” says Patty Simonton, director of FIGMENT DC 2014. “Unlike most art galleries in Washington, FIGMENT erases the lines between those who create and those who view art so that everyone can become an artist. DC really does have a thriving, creative arts community and this event brings that artistic energy out to a broad audience.”

Concurrent with the announcement of FIGMENT DC 2014 dates, organizers have launched a crowdfunding campaign, “Your Creativity, Your Participation, Your FIGMENT” to raise $9,200 to provide logistics and services such as water, security, equipment and other associated costs. Strictly non- commercial and not for profit, FIGMENT DC accepts no corporate funding or advertising, and hence relies entirely upon individual donations and support. Consistent with the FIGMENT ethos of participation and personal creativity, “perks,” or gifts given in gratitude for donations, include interactive experiences such as singing lessons. Local DC area artists have also made their artworks available as gifts, to help the campaign meet its goal. The campaign, along with a new video about why FIGMENT is such a special part of the creative community in the Greater Washington area can be found at: http://startsomegood.com/figmentdc2014.

“One goal of FIGMENT is to spur public dialogue on art, creativity and imagination, especially with regard to our use of civic space,” Simonton continued. “By pooling our collective resources, we can coordinate a safe, comfortable outdoor environment for self-expression, and also ensure the event remains free and open to everyone. Really, there’s nothing else in DC like FIGMENT. The crowdfunding campaign is the first and most important step to making FIGMENT DC happen in 2014.” To interview participating artists, past FIGMENT DC artists, or other organizers, or to request photos or video of the event, please contact Lauren at DCMedia@figmentproject.org.

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FIGMENT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization entirely funded by grants and individual donations. FIGMENT accepts no corporate sponsorship of any kind. For more information, visit http://www.figmentproject.org and http://dc.figmentproject.org/.