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Metro Holds Auditions For Local Performers

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Metro is holding auditions for people to perform in ten stations through the summer.
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Metro is holding auditions for people to perform in ten stations through the summer.

By Sylvia Carignan

Metro is calling all performers to audition Saturday for its annual Metro Performs! program. Musicians, dancers, poets and artists will be chosen to perform at ten D.C. Metro stations from June to September.

Although selected performers cannot panhandle or sell merchandise, they will receive a stipend from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities(DCCAH). Each performance will last two hours between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, with a varying schedule on weekends.

This year will mark the third season of DCCAH’s cooperation with Metro’s Art in Transit (AIT) program. AIT received about $450,000 from Metro’s share of federal stimulus funds. AIT holds contests and commissions local artists to create pieces for Metro stations.

Judges for Metro’s open call auditions include members of D.C.’s arts community. One of the judges, Michael McBride, is Metro’s AIT manager.

Auditions for Metro Performs! will take place June 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Metro’s headquarters at 600 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

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