After outcry, D.C. commission backs down on censoring art

A display of Christopher Kardambikis's "Paper Cuts/Live" exhibit at Washington Project for the Arts. WPA stands to lose $112,700 in funding from the DCCAH by not signing the memorandum. (Washington Project for the Arts) By Peggy McGlone November 8 at 5:20 PM Responding to protests from Washington artists and arts leaders, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities has reversed a controversial new measure to censor its grant recipients. On Monday, the city’s arts agency added sweeping language to already approved grants requiring that artists and arts organizations avoid producing work that could be considered lewd, vulgar or political or be at risk of losing their funds. The arts community protested, saying the amended contract infringed on their First Amendment rights. The DCCAH capitulated. “The DC Commission on Arts and Humanities believes deeply in the right to freedom of expression and would never seek to violate that right by…

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M4Arts Hosts Pop-Up Art Show with Lamine Hamdad

Figure drawings and photography by Lamine Hamdad delighted Georgetowners Original post on: www.m4arts.org  Figure drawings and photography by Lamine Hamdad delighted Georgetowners Art lovers poured into this past Sunday's pop up art show with local artist Lamine Hamdad for a special showing and artist meet & greet. Lamine is a true modern-day renaissance man with expertise in web development, computer programming, fine art and photography. Although he works as a full time web developer and database system engineer, he’s also an artist and photographer on the side.  As a fine art illustrator, Lamine focuses on the human figure and face. You can tell he’s skilled by just observing the detail and precision in his illustrations. However, it’s Lamine’s sketching-style which makes his work stand-out. The delicacy, fluidity and energy of his lines make his drawings romantic and full of life. If you like strolling through Georgetown, enjoy viewing art, or just like mimosas, stop…

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