D.C. news in brief

July 24, 2013
Nominations sought for endangered places

The D.C. Preservation League, a nonprofit organization that works to protect historic sites, is accepting nominations for this year’s list of the Most Endangered Places in Washington.

The sites are chosen by the Preservation League’s board of trustees. Criteria include the severity of the threat, whether through demolition, neglect or inappropriate alteration. The list can include buildings, parks and other landscaped areas or scenic vistas.

Nomination forms are at www.dcpreservation.org and must be submitted by Sept. 9. Selections will be announced in October. For information, contact the league at 202-783-5144 or info@dcpreservation.org.

MLK Library opens Digital Commons

The Digital Commons, an 11,000-square-foot public place for formal and informal gatherings involving research and meetings through technology, opened at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, on July 17.

Through its Dream Lab program, the library will offer the meeting spaces to selected local entrepreneurs in return for a commitment of one hour of programming per month related to technology training. Small organizations, groups and individuals that use information technology to develop new ventures can apply to become Dream Lab members. Work spaces are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis Monday through Friday. Members must reapply every six months.

The space includes 12 iMac computers, 48 PC workstations, four iMac Creative Stations with Adobe Creative Suite Software, workstations with outlets for laptop computers, an Espresso Book Machine for self-publishing, a 3-D printer, a Skype station and a video phone for communicating through American Sign Language. The commons will also offer five enhanced conference rooms and space for meetings of up to 50 people.

The library is holding a contest to design a logo for the Dream Lab. Entries will be accepted through Aug. 17. The winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card.

For information, go to www.dclibrary.org. To apply for Dream Lab membership, call 202-727-0321 or e-mail digital.commons@dc.gov.

St. Elizabeth’s East arts festival to begin Saturday

The Arts and Humanities Festival at St. Elizabeth’s East begins Saturday. Each festival day will include art exhibits, readings, workshops and family activities. The festival will continue Aug. 17, 18 and 24. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Saturday program will feature appearances by rapper AB the Producer, actor/director Anthony Anderson of the Web soap opera “Anacostia,” and singer-songwriter IhsAn Bilal, and will be held in conjunction with the DMV Food Truck Association’s Curbside Cook-Off. An opening ceremony is scheduled at noon.

The programs are co-sponsored by nonprofit cultural organizations Humanities Council of Washington D.C. and THEARC.

For information, go to ahfeststelizabeths.wdchumanities.org.

Grants for projects that spark cultural dialogue

The Humanities Council of Washington D.C. is seeking proposals for grant projects that actively seek to spark dialogue between groups of residents that have historically been isolated from one another geographically or culturally.

The “Who’s a Washingtonian?” grant offers funding of $5,000 with a cash or in-kind match to help D.C. residents better understand the ties that bind them in music, literature, history, religion and language.

Grant workshops will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday and from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Humanities Council of Washington D.C., 925 U St. NW.

For information, go to www.wdchumanities.org, e-mail grants@wdchumanities.org or call 202-387-8391.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle

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