The Mud Dance Comes to SW!

Below, is an event that is being implemented by sculptor/artist, Michael Koliner. Michael has become a regular at the SW garden, helping maintain the space, work with our young SW Farmhands, compost, and plant.

Washington Project for the Arts Presents: Mud Dance
Saturday, August 23, 2014 (Rain Date: Sunday, August 24)
12:00 to 10:00 PM
Location: 990 4th St. SW Washington DC 20024 (Metro Green Line to Waterfront)
Cost: FREE

Members of the Southwest community are invited to a picnic and art-making event to eat, dance, listen to music, meet neighbors, and stomp with us to create a mixture of mud, straw, and recycled materials (called “cob”) that will be used for making outdoor seating designed by artist Michael Koliner for Lance Fung’s Nonuments Park.

Part of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ citywide 5×5 public art project, Nonuments will create a temporary park in the empty lot at 4th and I Streets SW during the months of September and October. Nonuments seeks to challenge our community’s understanding of the word “monument” and the cob benches will help to create a park space where the SW community can reflect on ideas, people, and personal struggles that are not the subjects of the traditional monuments that occupy our city.

Mud Dance participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes and clothes that can get muddy. There is no cost to attend or participate and all ages are welcome! Food will be served at 12pm and 6pm in-between cob making sessions.

WPA would like to thank the organizations who partnered with us to help ensure the success of this project: DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Community Forklift, Fung Collaboratives, and Chapel Valley Landscape Company.

WPA is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for contemporary art. WPA supports artists at all stages of their careers and promotes contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, issues, and ideas that stimulate public dialogue on art and culture.