ARTS & CULTURE | Over the past year, artists in DC have seen the spaces they are able to create in and show their work dwindling, either from the increased cost of rent or the impact of the building being redeveloped. The loss has driven some to Maryland in search of better opportunities. (WCP, 9/6)
Where might area artists find it easier to keep their doors open while advancing a mission? It could be in Maryland. In nearby Prince George’s County, there are numerous business incentives and grant opportunities for arts organizations. While D.C. offers grants for individuals, nonprofits, and specific projects through the DC Commision on Arts and Humanities, Prince George’s County tends to have more support for facilities and businesses that aren’t 501(c)(3)s.
As such, Hyattsville and the Gateway Arts District along Route 1 are dotted with commercial buildings and storage facilities that have been converted to artist studios and independent creative businesses.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM | Kevin Rashid Johnson, one of the organizers of the national prison strike that began on August 21, discusses why this action is necessary and the retaliation he has experienced from Virginia prison officials for participating in the strike. (Guardian, 8/23)
HISTORY | The Georgetown African American Historic Landmark Project is researching sites that are of cultural significance to free and enslaved Black residents in Georgetown before they were pushed out. (Urban Turf, 9/5)
ENVIRONMENT | Opinion: Here’s Why Capitalism Can’t Fix Climate Change (YES! Magazine, 8/31)
FOOD INSECURITY | How proposed changes to the Farm Bill will diminish the US’s ability to fight hunger. (Atlantic, 9/6)
EDUCATION | Montgomery County, MD has a school system that is majority people of color. This year, it is intensifying efforts to ensure that schools are racially and economically equitable. (Bethesda Beat, 9/3)
WORKFORCE | Automation Is Coming To A Store Near You. How Could It Affect Washington’s Cashiers? (WAMU, 9/6)
Today is National Read a Book Day! I’m re-reading Letters to a Young Artist by Anna Deavere Smith. What are you reading?