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.
Programs: Installed exhibition of 2 3 dimensional works at regan national airport
an artists holiday party which displayed artists, performers, musicians, live music and an art gallery.
an artists new year party which displayed artists, performers, musicians, live music and an art gallery.
I was one of the original band of artists in 1999 lucky enough to create the first Artomatic. We were offered 100,000 square feet of empty, grubby, ill-lit, jumbled space and over the course of 6 weeks we colonized it and transformed it into a vibrant beachhead of every possible kind of art and artist. And in many ways, we forged a community of artists who before that been scattered throughtout the city in our own small spaces.
Then, two months and 20,000 viewers later, we deconstructed it, leaving just the spirit behind. Since then, Artomatic has become a DC institution, but my hope is that it will always maintain the spirit of spontaneity, surprise, openness and a little craziness that brought it to life.