Saturday, May 30, 2009

Check out Pyramid Atlantic!

The Pyramid Atlantic Art Center has been a integral part of the Handmade Mart. Pyramid Atlantic is a huge supporter of the local arts community, and they will be hosting a series of workshops all day long at the Pyramid Atlantic Store during the Mart.

In the Pyramid Atlantic store (924 Ellsworth Drive), they will be providing workshops in jewelry making, screenprinting and papermaking. Vendors from their store will be selling handmade goods on the plaza. Their vendors include Linda Blackbourn from AZ Design, Annette Florin from Frou Frou A Go Go and Mary Westley from Jest 4 Ewe, among others.

Not familiar with Pyramid Atlantic? Jose
Dominguez, Pyramid's Executive Director, sheds some light on the fantastic artist resource/gallery/educational organization that he runs...

Pyramid Atlantic is so excited about being part of the Silver Spring Handmade Mart.
For folks who may not know about Pyramid Atlantic, Pyramid Atlantic was founded in Baltimore, MD in 1981 by Helen Frederick, an internationally recognized artist and educator. As the organization grew, requiring more programmatic and administrative space, it relocated to leased facilities in Takoma (DC), Riverdale (MD), until finally purchasing a facility in 2003, and moving to its current home in the heart of the Arts & Entertainment District in Silver Spring, (MD). Today, Pyramid Atlantic is led by Mr. Jose Dominguez, a distinguished ten-year veteran of the Washington community with an established reputation for developing successful youth arts education programs. Over the past 29 years, Pyramid Atlantic has gained recognition as a world leader in contemporary art, while its education programs have engaged the public with offerings in the visual arts for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

The mission of Pyramid Atlantic is to promote and nurture artistic excellence through imaginative programming in the visual arts for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Pyramid Atlantic carries out its mission through our three core programs: Artist-in-Residence Programs, Education Programs, and Exhibitions and Event Programs. Pyramid Atlantic’s Artist in Residence Program provides vital support and encouragement, developing the individual creativity of local, national and international visiting artists, whose on-site activities contribute to the development of the community’s creative learning capacity and provide a powerful tool for uniting the area’s diverse cultural communities. Pyramid Atlantic's Education Programs improve the quality of life for all by providing enrichment to youth and their families, and helping to build community, foster civic engagement, and promote positive self image.Pyramid Atlantic's Exhibitions, Events and Retail Store create economic opportunities resulting in improved quality of life, expanded revenue opportunities, and positive regional and community image.

These programs connect community to the arts via activities designed to spark a dialogue between professional artists and the public.

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