Wednesday, November 18, 2015

you are invited to register & attend the DC Humanities Council Showcase, where the Bloomingdale Village Square Project will be presented -- Thursday, 12-10-2015

From: Bertha Holliday
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 4:58 AM
Subject: For listserv and blogr

In  case you didn't know...
The BLOOMINGDALE VILLAGE SQUARE (BVS) PROJECT is one of the 16 grantees of the DC Humanities Council to be celebrated at a SHOWCASE ON DECEMBER 10!  BVS extends you an invitation to attend this free event at which dinner will be served.   
This BVS project is an effort of the Bloomingdale Civic Association (BCA) and funded by DC Humanities Council, ANC 5E and BCA.   The project focuses on bringing to life two recommendations of the DC Office of Planning's Mid-City East Small Area Plan:  1) increasing community identity and 2) strenghtening a sense of 'place'.  We seek to address these  through engagement, community history, and design of public space in the 1st Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW  area, with the goal of promoting a stable, inclusive multiracial neighborhood.  
At the Showcase, we will launch:  a) our 20-minute 'presentation version' video of oral history interviews of about 25 persons; b) a booklet of the 'comprehensive version' of a unique Bloomingdale History Timeline, 1800 - 2015  focusing on the interactions between social/institutional events and architectural/land use events (complete with photos, factoids, and references); c) design ideas (e.g., signage, landscape, streetscape, public art, electronic community bulletin board, etc.) for a  Village Square centered at the 1st & Rhode Island area; and d) other BVS informational materials.  
We hope you will come to the Showcase to support the BVS project and the Bloomingdale neighborhood, and to provide us your feedback!
Although no cost is involved , you MUST register through use of this link:

Below is the official promotion for the event.  Note that Bloomingdale is featured. 

Join us as we celebrate Washington, DC history on December 10! From the architecture of the Franciscan Monastery to the soul stirring music of DC natives Billy Stewart and Van McCoy, this year's group of DC Community Heritage  Project grantees are offering a unique and eclectic look at the city's past. This year's showcase will be held at Richard Wright School for Journalism and Media PCS. 

Find out about the historical development of neighborhoods like Bloomingdale and River Terrace. Hear how young people are engaging with Washington's past in new and exciting ways. Learn how you and your neighbors can receive support for similar projects.

The December 10 event is 6:30pm - 9pm at the Richard Wright School located at 770 M Street SE.  Register NOW before all slots are filled.  Hope to see you there!

Bertha Holliday
BVS Project Director   

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