2017 Year-End Newsletter

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2017 Year-End Newsletter December 2017

Hyattsville Community Development Corporation

Happy New Year!

Our Mission: ₋₋To develop arts and public spaces; ₋₋To spur economic development and the quality of community life; ₋₋To encourage widespread leadership for community revitalization; and ₋₋To rebuild the City’s commercial corridors.

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Credits Published by Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, December 20 2017 (301) 683-8267 eisenberg@hyattsvillecdc.org All photographs are credited to the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (CDC) unless otherwise noted below. Page / Credits 1–  Cardinal Mural by Peter Krsko for ADH East 1–  Henry Portillo puts the finishing touches on an arrow in “Breaking the Horizon” 1–  Stuart and Donald review work for 4314 Farragut St 1–  A child takes part in Joe’s Movement Emporium’s Hula-Hooping Contest at Arts and Ales 2017 1–  “Great Blue Herons” by Joanna Blake, is installed at JD Williams Professional Building 1–  Congo B. Creative Designs, LLC exhibits at Arts and Ales 2017

at Riverdale Recreation Park, part fo the RP Public Art Initiative. Credit L. Ordones. 3–  Justin Fair: Pyramid Atlantic Handpainted sign in progress 3–  Artworks Now Renovation 3–  Editors Park: The Edition by Fore Property Company 3–  Streetcar 82’s new space. Credit: Hyattsville Life & Times 3–  Pizzeria Paradiso and Art Works Now. Credit Pizzeria Paradiso. 3–  Art Works Now Ribbon Cutting. Credit Art Works Now. 3–  Streetcar 82, credit Hyattsville Life & Times

9–  Regional and Local Panel Inserts

14–  Credit Zombie Run.

poses for Small Business Saturday.

9–  Kiosks for ARTways Trail Signage along the Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail

14–  Peter Krsko Stormdrain Murals at ADH East.

17–  Daniel Simon, property owner of the Palmer Building where Vigilante Coffee is a tenant. Credit Hyattsville Life and Times.

9–  Historic Street Names Flier 10–  Margaret Boozer, credit Krista Schlyer for Art Lives Here. 10–  Press Outreach Toolkit Flier 10–  Shahin Shikhaliyev, credit Krista Schlyer for Art Lives Here. 10–  Press Outreach Toolkit Presentation at Gateway Media Arts Lab 10–  Arts Learning Resource Guide 11–  Photos from Arts & Ales 2017

3–  Patrice Cameau of CAMPspace in front of 4214 Gallatin St

12–  Traffic Box Design by Joel Traylor

1–  Stuart speaks with WJLA’s Mark Cameron for Bursting on the Scene

5–  The Mall’s Interior

13–  Facing Location from North


1–  A graffiti writer documents his work at the Double Down Kings Inagurial at the former Ginn’s Warehouse

5–  TuTu Hat Shop

13–  Community members paint. Courtesy of Hyattsville Life & Times.

1–  Kids make goofy faces in the photobooth at Arts and Ales

1–  Officer Kirk Pile stages his vehicle for an artistic ‘action shot’ in front of the street art at Ginns Warehouse

5–  Timelapse of Prince George’s Plaza/Mall at Prince Georges; Credit PGAtlas 5–  Credit Mall at Prince Georges

1–  Masonry work done at the CDC’s new home at 4314 Farragut St.

6–  Coffee Crawl 2017 Fliers

1–  A family poses in the Arts & Ales Photo Booth, courtesy Rickey Torrence.

7–  Paint Concepts for Sis’s Tavern

1–  HyCDC interns Sophie and Bennett pose in front of Franklin’s Brewery in Arts Festival t-shirts.

7–  4314 Farragut St, new siding

2–  Graffiti muralists pose while working on a pop-up paint event at the Ginn’s Warehouse site, the soon-to-be Riverfront at West Hyattsville. 2–  Intern Sophie poses in front of “Breaking the Horizon” at the West Hyattsville Metro 2–  Cizza Paz performs at “Arts & Ales”, the 10th Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival. 2–  Two schoolchildren pose beside Craig Berube-Gray’s “Slices of Heaven”

7–  Barbershop Signage 7–  Paint Concepts for Sis’s Tavern 7–  Stuart and Donald work on the first floor at 4314 Farragut St 7–  The front conference room at 4314 Farragut St 8–  Ribbon of Life at ECHO Shops. 8–  A mother and child eat ice cream at the Mall at Prince Georges. Credit: HyCDC. 8–  The temporary location of the Hyattsville Branch Library opens atUniversity Town Center. Credit HyCDC.

12–  Creative Edge Event Attendees

13–  Community members paint. Courtesy of Hyattsville Life & Times. 13–  Meet the Artists Night: Community members meet at Saint Matthew’s to discuss “Bursting” and the mural “Breaking the Horizon” 13–  Councilman Haba paints. Courtesy of Hyattsville Life & Times. 13–  Community members paint as train passes overhead.

14–  Phil Davis of the Brentwood Arts Exchange speaks at the Studio 3807-Artisan at 4100 Community Presentation. 14–  The Artisan at 4100 Concept 15–  A graffiti writer makes a paint spill into a work of art 15–  Concept of the Stream Valley Artway, from the Gateway Arts District Sector Plan. 15–  Alan Binstock’s “Ribbon of Life”, night, day, and details 15–  ART BLOC poses for the Double Down Kings All-City Invitational 15–  Councilmember Deni Taveras speaks at the Riverfront Groundbreaking 15–  The Retaining wall of former pumping station. 15–  Concept Sketch for Hyattsville Veterans Memorial by Becky Borlan. 16–  “Great Blue Herons” 16–  Joanna Blake with the “Great Blue Herons” maquette. 16–  Craig Berube-Gray: “SweetHearts” at Beale Circle 16–  Grant McFarland: “Asymmetrical Equilibrium” at Riverside Neighborhood Park

13–  Stuart, Cory, Henry, and Justin give a final rallying cry to celebrate the completion of “Breaking the Horizon”

16–  Alan Binstock: “Totem” at the Rhode Island Ave Trolley Trail

13–  Credits block on west side of overpass.

16–  Paul Steinkoenig: “In Harmony” will be installed at Chambers Funeral Home (exp. Jan. 2018). Credit Paul Steinkoenig.

14–  Autotroph Design Proposal 14–  Scofield-Miller Proposal 14–  West Workhop Proposal 14–  Gold Sponsor. Credit Zombie Run 14–  Studio 3807 Concept

16–  George Sabra: “Era Gate” at Riverdale Recreation Park

17–  Wilford’s Upholstery vends at Centennial Park, part of the the Bursting In Air Public Art Party, 2014. Credit Curtis Culbreath. 17–  Patrice Cameau of CAMPspace in front of 4214 Gallatin St 17–  Cheryl Fountain of FrameSavvy

17–  Cafe Azul mural by Michael Kirby of Murals of Baltimore. 17–  Mr. Kelvin Harris, Credit Prince George’s County Commission for Veterans 17–  Credit Chanel Essence 17–  Credit Streetcar 82. 18–  Photo of Allie & Nina Moore at garden. Credit: Hyattsville CDC / SuspectDevice. net 18–  Fish Fry. Credit: Hyattsville CDC / SuspectDevice.net 18–  Photo of Monna Kauppinen. Credit: Hyattsville CDC / SuspectDevice.net


Annual Report 2 Community Highlights 3 Economic Development Update 5 Active Projects 7 Small Business Corner 8 Community: Where Art Meets Life 9 Local Arts Update 10 Testimonials 18

Legend: Extra Tidbit! Click me to head online to find something relative. Testimonial! Flip to Page 17 to see how HCDC is building a relationship with this stakeholder! 1

Annual Report Coming Soon.

Stay tuned mid-January to view the 2017 Annual Report online > • Financials • Highlights • Operations Map • Thank You to our Funders + Community Partners

(Check Out 2016’s Report Here)


Community Highlights Art Works Now and Pizzeria Paradiso Open in former Marche Florist Building

Eat with your eyes or your tastebuds, Hyattsville! Pizzeria Paradiso seats 55 within 2000 sq. ft., offering neopolitan-style pizza, specialty craft brews including 16 on tap (DCeater). Check out the decor: 20+ “Master Pizzas” by Gateway artists decorate the walls, thanks to PGAHC and to neighbor, Art Works Now. AWN offers a twolevel facility within 5000 sq. ft., featuring two studio classrooms, a front gallery, a ceramics room, and staff offices, plus an outdoor work/play space. The space hosts a full schedule of classes, workshop, and after-school programs and provides event space (Life & Times).

New Brewery, Distillery, and Meadery to Open 2018 Three new businesses are under construction along Baltimore Avenue in the Gateway Arts District.

Streetcar 82 will occupy a repurposed auto garage at 4824 Rhode Island Avenue (Life & Times); Sangfroid Distilling will open beside Tanglewood Works in the former 180 club space at 5130 Baltimore Avenue (Hyattsville Wire); Maryland Meadworks will open beside Shortcake Bakery at 4702 Rhode Island Ave (look for the psychadelic beta fish mural! Visit their Kickstarter). “HCDC provided us with informed knowledge about available commercial spaces in Hyattsville, connected us with property owners, provided us with insight...” (read more...p.17.)

CAMPspace Co-Working to Open in Hyattsville

After 2 years of pop-ups and networking events growing its membership, CAMPspace will lease 4214 Gallatin Street in downtown Hyattsville. The 1200 sq. ft. space will feature a full kitchen, meeting room space, an outdoor courtyard. Visit their website for more information. “The CDC has played a vital role in my two year journey of building CAMPspace®...they opened their doors to me from day one, helping with everything from reviewing and editing my 50+ page business plan, to referring me to my new...” (read more...p.17.)


Rated-PG Black Arts Festival: Tell the Truth About Me

This past October, the Prince George’s African-American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) held the First Annual Black Arts and Cultural Festival in North Brentwood, MD. Its accompanying exhibition “Tell the Truth About Me” alongside its pop-up performances, film screenings, and discussions were covered in this comprehensive editorial on BmoreArt.com. Did you know? At last count, the HCDC Business Directory’s Cosmetology category lists 115 hair salons between Mount Rainier and Hyattsville that specialize in Afro-textured hair?

Handmade in Hyattsville + Route One Revamp

A big kudos to the volunteer group of business owners, SoHy Collective, who, since summer began, have led various outdoor decor-design efforts across downtown Hyattsville. By inspiring local business owners to get involved, these leaders seek to shape a stronger community, beautify shared spaces, boost tourism and attract customers. Some art projects you’ve likely seen are the festive holiday decorations at Centennial Park, repainting the Hyattsville H’s, creating murals, repainting doorways, and organizing networking events at galleries and shops. Some notable press and activities are as follows: • Life & Times: New Business Group Works to ‘Fight the Blight’, draw businesses to downtown • Life & Times: Handmade for each other: Tanglewood Works and the Arts District • Hyattsville Life & Times: Green Owl, developer team up to add color, ‘create a sense of place’ on Route 1 • Hyattsville Wire: How Hyattsville’s Arts District Became Artsier • Hyattsville Wire: Hyattsville SoHy District Lights Up the Holidays • Life & Times: Hyattsville Ambassadors Program recognizes Ann Barrett and Erica Riggio

Shout-out to business leaders: Tanglewood Works, Three Little Birds Sewing Co., Vigilante Coffee, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Franklin’s, Green Owl Design, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Studio SoHy. Learn more here.

Fresh Off the Presses Pulled from the CDC Community Bulletin Board:

Yassa chicken at Chez Dior is one of The Post’s top dishes of 2017

June 11 Washington Post “Yes, the chicken is excellent, its flavorful, charbroiled legs served with a side of spicy Jamaican hot-pepper sauce. But the best thing is...”

‘Greater College Park’ has benefits or Hyattsville, too

June 21 Hyattsville Life & Times “The fact that both Chris Vigilante and Mike Franklin were recruited to open new locations in College Park was not lost on Eisenberg. “College Park has recruited from our local business talent to get a piece of ‘Hyattsville cool,’ to replicate or create new, interesting ventures,”...

DC Sweet Potato Cake sprouts up in Hyattsville: Bakery to (re)open on Rt. 1 Aug. 14 Hyattsville Life & Times “A bakery cafe is coming this fall to the storefront immediately north of Pizza Paradiso. Delectable Cakery, now a wholesale provider of DC Sweet Potato Cake to retailers including Wegmans, Safeway, Starbucks and soon, Walmart... is planning a rooftop deck and a business that “opens early and closes late...”


Economic Development Update

Hyattsville CDC works within Hyattsville and its surrounding communities inside the Prince George’s County Beltway.

Mall at Prince Georges Expands with Biggest Renovation Yet

The Mall at Prince Georges is growing in sales, in scale, and in community support as it undergoes its biggest renovation since 2004. By Justin Fair, HCDC Staff — As a keystone player of the larger Prince George’s Plaza Transit District, HyCDC met with the Mall at Prince Georges’ General Manager, Mr. Henry L. Watford, to discuss how the Mall has grown over the last 58 years and explore how its latest renovations complement neighboring developments in the Transit District.

the development of the wider Transit

that “sales have actually increased

District, which itself features multiple

since we’ve been under construction.

shopping centers, office buildings,

Generally, that doesn’t happen.” Henry

townhomes, and apartments. When

attributes this to strong customer loyalty

Mr. Wattford (“please, call me Henry!”)

and a positive response to an eclectic

arrived in 1990, he can fondly remember

mix of national, regional and local

when the Mall was one of the biggest


When the Mall opened in 1959, shoppers

retail centers in the County. As he puts it,

enjoyed a single open-air shopping center

Prince George’s County was underserved.

with a neighboring bank and gas station.

Now, 27 years later, Henry notes that the

Now, 58 years later, shoppers know the

Mall continues to report a 98% tenancy,

Mall as a central, enclosed retail hub and

even with an ever-growing consumer

restaurant park. A hub that has sparked

base with discretionary incomes, and

Keep reading >> the full HyCDC Feature is online at http://hycdc. org/?p=10698


Property Acquisitions

Coffee Crawls

The CDC is working to determine how each can be sustainably redeveloped to better address community needs for housing and subsequent tax revenue generation.

Our next coffee crawl will be scheduled this Spring after our move to 4314 Farragut St! Be sure to fill out a needs survey to be on our list!

The CDC is in the process of closing on the purchase of a second of two vacant parcels sourced from the County’s surplus property sales process. One of these sites has historically proven to be difficult to conventionally develop.

HCDC staff met with local business owners last August and March, and as part of its quarterly meetup where area business owners can build relationships, hold in-depth discussions and hear presentations on issues affecting the business community. Many thanks to Kelem at Shagga Coffee and Chris & Austin at Vigilante Coffee for hosting us!

Own a business? Fill out a Needs Survey!

What’s In Your Toolbox?

Since 2001, HCDC has worked with many community partners and funders to develop tools and strategies that drive revitalization and invite innovative new resources within the Prince George’s County Beltway. Browse our website’s Economic Development section for a glimpse into our persistent, long term commitment to community and economic development. Know someone looking for assistance? Let us know!

HyCDC can help you:

• Learn about local land use rules and market conditions • Develop Public Art for your project • Tour investment opportunities in Hyattsville • Locate a retail/office space for your business • Find state tax benefits and incentives • Manage your revitalization project • Organize community input http://hycdc.org

• Spread the word about your event • Learn about the Gateway Arts District and its events

Popular Services: • Calls for Assistance • New Business Toolkit + Seasonal Workshops • Local Planning Documents Archive • MRIS Real Estate Access • Property Calculators • Property Database + Business Directory • Press Outreach Toolkit • Community Bulletin Board + Press Archive


Active Projects

4314 Farragut St: from demolition of demesne to community development.

The CDC is finishing up its present phase of rehabilitation work on its new office at the former Storer Cable building. Once threatened with demolition from neglect and obsolescence: this unique stone cottage now has a projected move-in date of late January 2018. Later renovations will address the second floor which will provide an artist live/work space and nonprofit incubator space. Thank you to the MD Department of Housing and Community Development, The Office of the County Executive, the Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County, and Comcast Cable Company for their support for this project.

Sis’s Tavern 4516 41st Ave

Work continues on the restoration of the storied Sis’ Tavern in North Brentwood, MD. The Town and the CDC are spending down Town-awarded grant funds from Prince George’s County for façade improvements, and from the State of Maryland for programming, architectural design and interior rehabilitations. Last year, the CDC also received grant funding of $50,000 through Maryland’s African American Heritage Preservation Program for this project. Assembling small signage grants from ATHA, Preservation Maryland, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation (through & with ATHA) have enabled us to work on the restoration or replacement of the original Baby Dee’s and Barber Shop signage: and the development of a unique signage design for the restored Sis’s Tavern.


Small Business Corner Newly Opened Businesses

2017 welcomed these new (or relocated) businesses + entrepreneurs to the City of Hyattsville and neighboring communities. Did you know? We maintain a list of area businesses on our Business Directory. Sort by Town, Commercial Area, or Category. Let us know if we missed one!


Hyattsville + Riverdale Park Historic Districts + Route 1 Corridor to Mount Rainier

Hyattsville: Prince George’s Plaza Transit District

• Any Occasion Events • Art Works Now • ATHA/MD Milestones Visitors Center • DC Sweet Potato Cake / Delectable Cakery • Espaço Cultural Samba Trovão • Infinity Hair • J Body Health Massage • Little INKPLAY Studio • Love Your Roots • Los Comadres • Life Chiropractic Clinic Riverdale Park • Maragiya • Pizzeria Paradiso • Primp Beauty Lounge by Pink Couture Hair • Subway • Super Japan • The Field Studio • Tiered & Petite by Cotton’s Gourmet

New or Relocated | Mall at Prince Georges: • Footaction

• Jimmy Jazz (Flagship

• Macy’s Backstage


• Allure Jewelers • Bath & Body Works/

• Lane Bryant • Rainbow

White Barn Candle Co.

• Old Navy

• Charley’s Philly Steaks • Dazzle

• Victoria’s Secret/PINK


At University Town Center:

• PG Nails & Spa • Planet Fitness • TropQ Creamery and Cafe

West Hyattsville:

• Atomic Wings

Anticipated to Open, 2018

Route 1 Corridor


• Maryland Meadworks


• Pennyroyal Station

• Five Below

• Red Onion Records

• Ulta Beauty

• Streetcar 82 Brewing Company

• Mezeh Mediterranean Grill

• Sangfroid Distilling

• Chipotle

• Signature Pieces

• Five Guys

• CAMPspace

• Gray = Relocated

• Chelsea’s Beauty


Community: Where Art Meets Life Wayfinding Tools + Guides ARTways Trail Signage – Installations exp. February

With initial funding from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, the CDC developed customized mapping and commissioned DC-area artist Charles Bergen (now working from Gateway Arts District-based studio!) to design & build, three sculptural signage kiosks for deployment along the Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail. And with supplemental funding from the Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County for installation and anticipated commissions from the City of Hyattsville for additional placements, these kiosks will promote trail usage, connectivity between local commercial centers, and increase the visibility of public art along this much needed trailway. View our latest project update from September here. 3 sites have been selected with 2 more planned. Take a sneak-peek of the Trolley Trail website here!

Historic Street Names Maps Curious of the history behind Hyattsville’s Street Names? Take a virtual tour with us, where we’ve created print-at-home maps to display both the oldand-new street names, as well as just the pre-1941 street names. On our website, you can also find a chart, webpages, and books dedicated to the street-name-switch. Great for school scavenger hunts, trivia-on-the-go, and traveling back in time. • View 1941’s Street Names • Compare 1941 to Today • Browse history books and online resources


Local Arts Update Public Art & Public Space

Are you a Gateway Artist or Artisan? We are holding an artist count as part of an ongoing census. Tell us about your work here, if you haven’t already created a directory listing on the Gateway Arts District website!

Gateway Arts District Press Outreach Toolkit ft. Cision Hyattsville CDC + Gateway CDC with the support of the Maryland State Arts Council, have created a Press Outreach Toolkit that will offer Gateway Arts District stakeholders the ability to access an online, nationwide press/media contact database called Cision.

The CDC invites Gateway artists, arts organizations, businesses and stakeholders complimentary access to Cision until May 1st 2018. Stakeholders can meet with their CDC for a 1-on-1 or can directly schedule at-home log-in access. If you value tools like Cision, please let us know by becoming a member. Your membership helps us assess demand. Yearly Rates: Artists $20; Orgs $75.

Gateway Arts District Arts Learning Guide 2017-2018


Attend a Public Information Session with your CDCs to walkthrough the database and to network!

Hyattsville CDC + Gateway CDC with the support of the Maryland State Arts Council, are developing a Press Outreach Toolkit that will offer Gateway Arts District stakeholders the ability to access an online, nationwide press/media contact database called Cision. Attend a Public Information Session with your CDCs to walkthrough the database and to network. MONDAY, AUG 7 7P-8P

PYRAMID ATLANTIC ARTS CENTER 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781


GATEWAY MEDIA ARTS LAB 3311 Rhode Island Avenue, Mount Rainier, MD 20712



BRENTWOOD ARTS EXCHANGE MAKE IT AS AN ARTIST - Part of BAE Series of Professional Development Workshop 3901 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, MD 20722

With a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, Prince George’s County Arts & Humanities Council, and the Department of Parks & Recreation, last January, the CDC in partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium published the Arts & Learning Resource Guide. The guide covers arts learning experiences throughout and near the Arts District and lists studios, schools, collaboratives, and venues that offer yearround classes, workshops, camps, and adult education. 2500 guides have been distributed to art centers and town facilities near you, with an additional 2500 remaining. Need a guide, let us know! Or browse the guide online.

mygatewayarts.org/work/toolkit or call 301.683.8267


Festival Recap + Thank You We simply can’t give enough thanks to our many sponsors, partners, local businesses, participants, residents, and all who continue to add creativity to this event. Special thanks for the assistance go out to the County Executive’s Office, The Revenue Authority of Prince George’s County, The Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council, District 2 Councilmember Deni Taveras, and our great friends at the City Hyattsville. This year marked the festival’s 10th Anniversary. The beautiful weather brought out the crowds and the festival saw enthusiastic attendance. In the final count: 93 amazing, talented artists exhibited their work; 10 breweries kept the beer and mead flowing; 8 food vendors served tasty treats; while 6 fantastic musical acts entertained the crowd!For those who attended, we hope you had an amazing time exploring the City of Hyattsville and the Gateway Arts District. We are eager to see you again next year! Arts & Ales will return on Saturday, 9/22/18! Join the Festival mailing list for details.

Tell us your thoughts! • Fill out our Feedback survey. Your input helps us develop next year’s festival. • Browse our Photo Recap on Storify! • Did you take part in the photobooth? Let us know!

We still have commemorative t-shirts! Let us know if

you’d like one! They are included with $20 CDC membership.


Local Arts Update (cont.) Creative Edge Studio Collaborative

Under the fiscal sponsorship of the CDC, the Creative Edge offers a variety of arts workshops and networking events throughout the year. 2017 included some of the following. Visit their website for more information. • 4th Annual Future of Film Conference: “We are the New Makers: Turning the Lens on the Creative Economy.” A 3 day event at the University of Maryland featuring multiple panels, filmmaker shop talks, screenings, and plenty of schmoozing. • Monthly Brunches every third Saturday • 3-Day Intensive Filmmaker Pitch Workshop June 2017 • May Panels on the Festival of the Literary Arts • 6 Showings, Independent Film Series at Hyattsville Branch Library

Traffic Box Art Wraps

The CDC has commissioned 4 artists to transform select traffic signal cabinets in Prince George’s County into public artworks representative of community identity and character. Traffic signal cabinets – the grey metal structures located at every signalized intersection – are vulnerable to graffiti and vandalism. This project addresses community blight and enhance the visual landscape. With the support of Prince George’s Department of Public Works & Transportation and the Prince George’s County Executive, 11 traffic box cabinets were wrapped during 2017 in Prince George’s County, focusing on boxes located in the county’s T.N.I. (Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative) communities. Browse our full press release, photos, and a map online. Artists:

• Harper Carter Matsuyama

• Erick Satchell

• Michelle Puhl-Price

• Joel Traylor 12

Bursting on the Scene

HyCDC in partnership with WMATA’s Art-In-Transit Program, commissioned muralists Cory Stowers and Henry Portillo to lead a paint-by-numbers community mural painting day on two wall sections of the pedestrian underpass at the West Hyattsville Metro Station. The project involved two years of communication between WMATA and the CDC, multiple community meetings, door-by-door visits to local businesses, and culminated in a day-long community place-making event on Saturday, May 20th, 2017. Bursting on the Scene, like its predecessor on Route 1, Bursting in Air in 2014, merged a festive community event with a high-quality paint-bynumbers mural installation: by bringing together residents to beautify and engage the Metro Station’s public space as their own.

Browse a list of DC area metro stations with public art here.

Browse our program book, photographs, watch videos, read our Storify recap, and more online.


Zombie Run 5K

The CDC was honored to sponsor the Hyattsville Elementary School PTA’s Annual Zombie Run 5K! Nothing says ‘run for your life’ like the undead! The CDC was thrilled to provide shelter during the apocalypse in the form of tents. Check out photos from the event on the Zombie Run’s Facebook Page.

New Storm Drain Murals at Arts District Hyattsville East Last November, the CDC assisted the ADH East Homeowners Association via the commission of muralist Peter Krsko to paint colorful, organic images of local Chesapeake Bay wildlife on 8 storm drains throughout the neighborhood. Take a tour down 45th Avenue and Longfellow Street to find each mural, or browse our Public Art Locator.

Sculptural Bus Shelters at Studio 3807 & Artisan at 4100

On December 2nd, three finalists presented design proposals to provide two iconic, contemporary, sculptural shelters. Each was designed to enhance and promote transit use, engage the imagination of the Gateway Arts District, and be unique, memorable, and eye-catching. After a week of community comments, the proposals are now being considered by a jury, with a finalist to be selected by the end of the year. Installation is expected April 2018 for Studio 3807, and December for the Artisan. Browse the designs online.


A Street Art Last Hurrah and Tagger’s Redux

Many thanks to Gilbane Mid-Atlantic for sponsoring a weekend of graffiti mural painting on the former Ginn’s Warehouse last July. Scheduled just months after Bursting on the Scene, the event featured the return of Cory Stowers with the full ART BLOC​DC team for the Inaugural Double Down Kings All-City Invitational​. The event featured 60 graffiti writers who tagged the warehouse inside-andout. Browse photos and watch video of the event online. Weeks later, Gilbane held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Riverfront at West Hyattsville Metro, in which Stuart Eisenberg gave a historical review and served as moderator. Councilmember Taveras, Mayor Hollingsworth, and Gilbane’s Bobby Gilbane Jr. and Ed Broderick spoke. Watch coverage of the groundbreaking on WJLA and read the Life & Times recap. While the Riverfront is under construction, we invite you to get to know West Hyattsville better! Browse our Top 10 To Dos list!

Hyattsville Military Service Memorial

The CDC held 3 community meetings throughout the year, speaking with local veterans, active service members and their loved ones to explore designs for the upcoming Hyattsville Veterans Memorial. This project will provide the Hyattsville community, trail users and visitors with a contemplative space enhanced by environmentally-inspired sculptural forms that honor and give tribute to the military service of veterans in and around the City. Located along the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia Stream Valley off Baltimore Avenue and 41st Street, the Memorial, designed by artist Becky Borlan, will will reuse an existing blighted retaining wall of a long-abandoned flood plain pumping station, into an artistically devised, environmentallysensitive sculpture. View a Veteran’s Day feature of the project on WUSA; take a customized virtual tour of the Stream Valley here via Google Maps. 15

Riverdale Park Public Art Initiative 5 New Year-Long Sculptures + Great Blue Herons

Completing its first year of year-long exhibition, the Riverdale Park Public Art Initiative has rotated anew the five sculpture sites with new artworks. Designed to create a publicly accessible, outdoor sculpture gallery, the Initiative brings together public and private partnerships to locate sites that will turn ordinary street-corners, offices and parks into unexpected showcases that delight and enlighten residents and visitors alike. For a virtual tour, head online for the latest press release + artist profiles.

• Alan Binstock: “Totem” at the Rhode Island Ave Trolley Trail (6000 block) • Paul Steinkoenig: “In Harmony” at Chambers Funeral Home (exp. Jan. 2018) • Grant McFarland: “Asymmetrical Equilibrium” at Riverside Neighborhood Park • Craig Berube-Gray: “Sweet-Hearts” at Beale Circle • George Sabra: “Era Gate” at Riverdale Recreation Park On Permanent Exhibition: “Great Blue Herons” by the late Joanna Blake at the JD Williams Professional Building was installed this Fall at the corner of East-West Highway and US Route 1. Sadly, during the span of this commission, our community lost two close friends: Joanna and JD. To honor their memories, celebrate their legacies, and thank our sponsors, please join us for an unveiling for “Herons” early February 2018. Details will be announced soon.

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...Some of our favorite testimonials from over the years...

I’m amazed at the energy of the Director and all the staff. It’s evident that HyCDC is having an impact on this community as it is evident in Hyattsville’s growth. -Cheryl Fountain, FrameSavvy

HyCDC’s staff are functional and likable; the beat-on-the-street. A real grassroots operation! They give good direction and solid references. They can give you a prescription for zoning in the County. They are a knowledgeable, accessible database regarding occupancy-vacancy, and as a property owner, they’ve been a resource for my tenants too. -Daniel Simon, Owner: 4327 Gallatin St-5130 Baltimore Ave. My first contact to the HyCDC was in regards to establishing a flea market within the community. While this project hasn’t surfaced (just yet!), I’m thankful to HyCDC for their hands-on approach to issues and events in the community. This gives a greater sense of leadership and caring. As a new business to Hyattsville (and a Festival exhibitor), I’m looking for any opportunities that would allow me to advertise my business--and I know HyCDC will send ‘em my way! -Curtis Culbreath, Wilford’s Upholstery The Hyattsville CDC has played a vital role in my two year journey of building CAMPspace®. They opened their doors to me from day one, helping with everything from reviewing and editing my 50+ page business plan, to referring me to my new landlord. The CDC’s support and willingness to network on behalf of residents and business owners proves to be invaluable time and time again. I’m genuinely looking forward to connecting with other community members at upcoming CDC sponsored events, like the Cision Press Outreach Workshop and the Coffee Crawl. It’s great to have an organization like them in your corner! -Patrice Cameau, CAMPspace

Caracas de Ayer participated in the Biz-Art Match-Up Program and loved the results of the artwork outside our business. Many customers now take pictures outside the cafe and the artwork makes our business more visible on Route 1. With additional programs like the Cision workshops and the Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival, the Hyattsville CDC supports local small business with tools and ideas that help grow the businesses. -Monica Serrano, Caracas de Ayer (formerly known as Café Azul) HCDC provided us with informed knowledge about available commercial spaces in Hyattsville, connected us with property owners, and provided us with insight on the property’s history and any extant boundary conditions and zoning information. Because of their assistance, we were able to finalize a lease agreement and are beginning build-out at our new location. -Jonathan Cetrano, Streetcar 82 Brewing Co.

We support the CDC’s vision to create an inviting and engaging space that encourages people to interact with Hyattsville’s Veterans Memorial and goes beyond fixed memorial design. -Kelvin Harris, Prince George’s County Commission for Veterans I had several obstacles in regards to starting my business; principally, direction and business advice. I attended one of the small business workshops held in Hyattsville. During the workshop I gained some clarity on a few business decisions and was even referred to a business consultant who sat with me one on one and gave direct advice for my business. This was very helpful. -Chanel Essence, d’Oro PRIVE’ 17

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