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Description of Subject Matter: In the Summer of 2002 Party Animals public art program successfully captured the hearts of Washington's residents and visitors. It highlighted 200 artists and encouraged community development and pride. The program raised over 1.2 million dollars through sponsorships and the Party Animals Auction.
Party Animals™ was a unique and exciting opportunity showcasing the whimsical and imaginative side of the Nation’s Capital. The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities installed 100 donkeys and 100 elephants at various sites throughout Washington D.C. from April to the Fall of 2002. We sent 10,000 ‘call to artists’ forms and received over twelve hundred submissions for the Arts Commission panel to choose from. The arts Commission sought creative designs from local and nationally recognized artists. Artists were encouraged to show their true colors and creativity during the largest public art project in the history of Washington D.C.
On April 23rd 2002 First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Laura Bush, and Anthony Willliams, Mayor of Washington, DC launched Party Animals. These amazing characters then trickled their way through Washington’s streets and into neighborhoods. The unexpected welcome from an unusually serious city enlivened the streets and brought a smile to the political stereotypes that Washington is known for. The City felt livelier, friendlier and more engaged with its citizens and visitors.
Party Animals™ culminated with a highly successful auction. Over 700 Party Animals™ enthusiasts gathered at the Marriott Wardman Park on October 24th, 2002 to celebrate and bid farewell to Washington’s favorite icons. The Party Animal™ Program raised over $1.2 m. that were channeled back to the Arts Commission’s education and grants programs and thus reinvested to the benefits of the District. Beyond the temporary delight that the Party Animals™ gave, the exhibition still continues to enrich Washington’s art community.
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2013 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used my Fuji XS-1 camera but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000 and Nikon D600.
Trips this year: three Civil War Trust conferences (Memphis, TN in March; Jackson, MS in May [to which I added a week to to visit sites in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee], and Richmond, VA in September) and my traditional trip out west to San Diego Comic-Con (including sites in Nevada and California this time).
Ego Strokes: Aviva Kempner used my photo of her as her author photo in Larry Ruttman's "American Jews & America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball" book.
Number of photos taken this year: just over 570,000.