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Arts Advocacy in the District

Most artists and arts organizations face an ongoing challenge getting funding. As District lawmakers hash out next year's budget and the city anticipates a new mayor, some advocates for the arts are weighing in. Some say the issue isn't just funding, but where and how the money is spent. On Arts Advocacy Day, we explore the issues around supporting creative professions in the District.

The Lobby Project

This winter, artists dove into the District's business community for "The Lobby Project," a Washington Project for the Arts initiative that aimed to bring more awareness to city's art while fostering a place for community in creative spaces.

The project, funded by the DC Office of Planning, attempted to create a "third place" -- a community space between work and home -- for those who work or live in the Noma Business Improvement District.

"It ties in nicely to the idea that people -- especially policy makers--are recognizing the power of art in transforming and shaping an environment," said WPA Executive Director Lisa Gold.

Click through the photos to see some of the project's most recent installations, displayed between November 2013 and February 2014.

All photos courtesy Washington Project for the Arts.


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