Friday, April 12, 2013
$75 restaurant gift certificate up for grabs in renaming contest.
The Hyattsville Community Development corporation is seeking the public's help in naming a stone Farragut Street house which will soon become its headquarters. "A fresh start and identity for this old stony bungalow definitely calls for a new name," reads an announcement from the Hyattsville CDC sent out last week. "Before we began work, one neighbor's daughter said about the building, 'That house is crumbling like the Roman Empire.'" The two-story house, which has sat abandoned for years, once was the headquarters for Storer Cable, one of the first cable broadcast companies to operate in Prince George's County. When renovations are complete, the building will house the Hyattsville CDC, the Creative Edge Studio of Prince George's County …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The town could see new artwork go up in public spaces later this year, with Beale Circle as a possible first location.
Riverdale Park residents may see more murals, sculptures, and paintings around the neighborhood soon following the town's approval of a public art initiative. The project—a joint venture between Riverdale Park Town Council, the Riverdale Park Arts Council, and the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation—aims to place art installations at three to five locations around town, with further expansion possible in the future. Councilman Jonathan Ebbeler (Ward 1) praised the measure, which passed the town council on March 4. “As the town of Riverdale Park continues to grow and evolve we need to define who we are and how we fit in with out surrounding municipalities,” Ebbeler said in an email. “Through this and other efforts we are trying …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
14 page pamphlet from the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation hopes to orient newcomers to the city.
New to town and looking to get to know Hyattsville? Then you might want to check out the new welcome guide for new residents published by the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation. The 14 page guide can be downloaded as a PDF from the Hyattsville CDC website. The guide contains information about the city's neighborhoods, city history, local transit resources, shopping options and government contacts.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Program looks to transform 20 properties within Gateway Arts District into large, public works of art.
The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation is looking to transform 20 properties within the Gateway Arts District into large, public works of art. But they need property owners to come forward with artistic visions for their properties. Dubbed the Street Art Initiative, the program already has 15 area muralists signed up and awaiting their assignments. A Dropbox gallery shows off the previous work of the selected artists and provides an artists statement for each one. Interested property owners can apply online with this form or can apply via snail mail by printing, completing and mailing this PDF application form. The goal of the program is to pair muralists with a total of 20 property owners, five in each of the four …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Film and digital media professionals sought to produce buzz-worthy video content for arts district.
The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation is looking for local filmmakers to produce a series of videos promoting the Prince George's County Gateway Arts and Entertainment District. The videos are intended to create a buzz for the district, according to a request for qualifications issued by the Hyattsville CDC earlier this week. "This request for qualifications is ongoing, on a per opportunity basis, and selected applicants will be contacted to work with the CDC on a prospective timeline, production details, and fee structure," reads a the request. Any film or video production artist or over the age of 18 is encouraged to send along their qualifications, with a preference for those who live and work in the Gateway Arts District. …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Revisions to Wikipedia pages for Hyattsville, Mount Rainier and Brentwood made last month.
Hyattsville, Mount Rainier and Brentwood's Wikipedia pages got a facelift last month. The pages recently underwent a series of edits performed by an employee the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, though not as part of official duties. Justin Fair, economic development coordinator and web content manager for the Hyattsville CDC, editing under the handle CrazyArtsyGuy, spent two days in early July making a flurry of revisions to the Wikipedia pages for the three towns. The Hyattsville CDC is a nonprofit organization which tries to foster economic development in the city. Fair said that the edits were done in his free time. "A lot of people look at Wikipedia for some things, and we wanted to make sure that there's a …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Films from Ireland, Spain, England and Washington, D.C. to show this weekend at Brentwood Arts Exchange.
The newly relocated DMV International Film Festival has released its screening schedule. Unfortunately, it's a bit short of its ambitious 25 films promised in initial press releases announcing that the film festival would be relocating to the Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center after a two year run at the Goethe Institute in Washington, D.C. Instead, the festival will screen two international feature films, one local documentary and two short films. The festival kicks off on Friday, June 15 with the opening night feature Chocolate City, which runs for 45 minutes beginning at 5:45 p.m. The locally produced documentary tells the story of the gentrification of Southeast Washington, D.C. through the eyes of the poor residents …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The DMV International Film Festival begins its third year in our neck of the woods.
After a three year run in downtown Washington, a local art-house film festival is switching venues from the Goethe Institute to the Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center. That festival would be the DMV International Film Festival, or DMVIFF for short. Local cinephiles will have 25 films to choose from throughout the three day festival. The festival is sponsored by the Hyattsville Community Development corporation and the Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council. The film festival will be held on June 15, 16 and 17. The exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue in Brentwood. The festival's opening featured film is Tin Man, from Irish filmmaker Conor Slattery. According to IMDB, it tells the tale of a street …