ARTOMATIC

Rating: 4.53 stars   36 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 1629 K St. NW Ste. 300 Washington DC 20006 USA

Mission: Artomatic creates community, builds audience and expands economic development by transforming available building space into a playground for artistic expression. Open-entry events showcase creative work including visual art, music, performance, film, and fashion. Artomatic is a non-profit organization headed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

One of the coolest experiences of my life. Such a delight year after year. I look forward to it every year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

.

Ways to make it better...

.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

.

One thing I'd also say is that...

.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Wow, do I love Artomatic! I usually go 2-3 times a year-- at least once with my young, art-loving son, and at least once with my husband. I found a great environmentalist architect there with whom I had a very good collaboration. My son was VERY excited to get a diorama he loved for his birthday. I am discovering my artist self and working toward a 2011 exhibit of my own fabric art.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I love the vitality of this endeavor.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Was this review helpful? 
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I felt that ALL of the art works were substandard. It gave the impression that DC artists have absolutely no skill. Which, as a local artist myself, offended me. Perhaps in the future instead of an enormous exhibit of kitsch, you might consider a small exhibit of fine art... just a suggestion.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

rebuild it from the ground up.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

could buy something that cost 10 million bucks.

Ways to make it better...

real artists were being represented.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

complete lack of taste.

One thing I'd also say is that...

if you are going to make alcohol available, make it free. Selling drinks in an art show is in poor taste.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

A few years ago my daughter took me to my first Artomatic. It was a delight to the senses. The various artists, some professional, some just beginning were placed on equal footing in the same space. Each with their own moment of honesty to share. Some of the sharing was glaring, and some tugged at your heartstrings. Artomatic is what true art is all about. A place for the creative side of mankind to be shared. I vowed that in 2009 I would participate as an artist. Scarey, hard, requiring some committment - YES. Worthwhile - YES. Art changes your life. It changes the way you think. Art is like finding water in a desert or flying through a cloud. It provides you with something that is required, demanded for living. I created a Vegan Pig Farm. As I started to set up my display I found myself surrounded by professional artists. I felt honored, enriched, grateful. I was standing among the few, the dedicated, the talented. Artomatic had provided me with a platform, and opportunity to say something of value from my perspective. As you walk through the many floors of art, and you stop to admire the different, the pretty, the shocking, and the brilliant - you began to understand how art is so important for our existance and our ability to go forward. It challenges us not to accept the status of now, but to imagine the "what if." I am so grateful to artomatic for including me in its miracle.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create a space for art in our lives that would mirror our dreams

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

Of all of the places that I have had the opportunity to perform, Artomatic 2009 was by far my favorite experience, so far. I am a great admirer of graffiti art, so having the backdrop of the stage covered with such art was a great start. Performing with such a diverse group of performers, and being surrounded by unique art that you would have to attend multiple galleries to see, was incredible! I spent the rest of the day, in between performers, checking out each floor of art. A week later, I came back again to focus solely on the different art exhibitions. I was floored. The inspiration of that event is still with me. I plan to come back next time!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I made a lot of contacts with likeminded artists and got a lot of inspiration and ideas from seeing such a diverse spectrum of methods of expression exhibited.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being surrounded by uninhibited forms of expression.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very nice and welcoming. They all seemed to enjoy the environment, as well.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...promote the event to a greater extent so that as many people as possible could hear about it, and get the chance to have such an altering experience as I had. It would also allow the organization a chance to bring in more artists from outside of DC.

Ways to make it better...

The parking was difficult due to a baseball game taking place next door. That's the only negative.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Having enough time to fit everything in (seminars, etc).

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

Was this review helpful? 
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Artomatic is my favorite DC art scene to recommend to folks looking for art in the city. It features upwards of 1,000 local artists, and I love that the space is open for a variety of levels of talent and genre. Best of all, it's free/by donation and hence is open to all people to enjoy. Last year was my first artomatic experience, and I'll be sure not to miss it again!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

eliminate some of the less impressive musical appearances.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

following up with artists and staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fabulous!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be open all year long!

Ways to make it better...

it had lasted longer!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

i visited this summer and was very inspired. i'm an artist, not a visual artist, but it inspired me to write more and try and audition for more theater productions. as a person who has a lot of artist friends in the dc area, it was wonderful to see that they had a great medium for which to display their work. it's a nice space, too. i love the urban feel that the cement floors and exposed ceilings give to the place. very New York. loved it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

one of the photogs who displayed their work got in touch with me for a shoot, which i was able to add to my acting portfolio. i was also able to audition for a fashion show that was held here!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it more funding.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it's a free space where my friends and i will be able to hang out, look at art and not have to be too fancy or high falooten

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly. looked like they genuinly wanted to be there

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

rule the world! the arts needs more money and i hope you all get it!!

Ways to make it better...

if i'd seen more advertising for it! and also, if i could write for you all! a.mcpherson83@gmail.com

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

that art is not genuinly appreciated and in these merky economic times, it's hard to get funding from people who can afford to give it.

One thing I'd also say is that...

art is awesome! it's my life! and thanks!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

Was this review helpful?