Archive for December, 2012

Curatorial Perspectives at the Kramer Gallery

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

The Betty Mae Kramer Gallery has just opened its 12th exhibition.  Fragility, featuring glass installation artist Nancy Weisser and photographer Woody Woodroof, marks a new direction for the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, one that explores the edgier side of contemporary art. While both Nancy and Woody work with traditional art processes, each artist uses these processes in new and original ways. The results may surprise you.

Watch the video below to learn how curator, Dr. Michele Cohen, approached Fragility and her vision for the Kramer Gallery.

Don’t miss the opening reception for Fragility on Thursday, December 13 from 5:30- 7:30. While you’re at the Gallery, try our new audio tour. Use your cell phone to call a preset number and hear an interview with Nancy and Woody.  If you can’t come to Gallery, you can still access the audio tour by clicking on the images below:

Nancy Weisser

Woody Woodroof

Bethesda Artist Receives Fellowship

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Christopher K. Morgan of Bethesda was awarded a 2013 Artist Fellowship by The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation in Vancouver, Washington.

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a national charity dedicated to the revitalization, appreciation and perpetuation of Native arts and cultures, has awarded a total of $200,000 in awards to 12 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists. Through the 2013 Artist Fellowships, the foundation recognized indigenous artists in six disciplines: dance, film, literature, music, traditional and visual arts. The artists, who live in eight states, received awards of $10,000 – $20,000 each.

The recipient of one of two awards in dance, Christopher Kaui Morgan (Native Hawaiian), is thrilled to be chosen for this $20,000 unrestricted award. “The funds this generous fellowship provides will greatly impact my work over the next year. It will afford me the time to investigate, to create and to find the right collaborators for a new solo work that I have been incubating but not had the resources to fully develop yet,” says Morgan. “Additionally, having just started a professional dance company a year and a half ago, it will also help me with the personal financial investments I made in starting the company.”

“It is our mission to provide support and to nurture the creativity of this country’s Native artists,” says foundation President/CEO T. Lulani Arquette (Native Hawaiian). “We congratulate the 2013 fellows for inspiring their communities, for their vision, their innovation, and for bringing the creative spirit of Native peoples to the world.” To learn more about the 2013 Fellows and the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, visit the foundation at:

Mr. Morgan also received a FY13 Grant to Individual Artists and Scholars from the AHCMC ($3,000). Grants funds will be used to commission renowned choreographer Christian Von Howard to create a solo dance for Montgomery County based choreographer & performer Christopher K. Morgan. The work would be performed independently & for Mr. Von Howard in the ‘12-’13 season.

About Christopher K. Morgan
Christopher Kaui Morgan is a choreographer and dancer whose work stems from a belief in the urgency of live performance in an increasingly isolating, commercial, and digital world. Growing up in Orange County, California, Morgan learned the Hula of his Hawaiian ancestors from his family. He brings his diverse heritage and over 15 years experience as a dancer, educator, choreographer and arts facilitator to directing his Washington DC area contemporary dance company, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists. His 2010 work +1/-1, won the 2010 Dance Metro DC award for Outstanding New Work. In April of 2011 he was profiled by Dance Magazine as one of six breakout choreographers in the United States. Morgan also directs the Dance Omi International Dance Collective, an annual residency for choreographers in New York and is the Artist in Residence in the Dance Program at American University.  Learn more at:

AHCMC Welcomes Joe Frandoni to Team

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

AHCMC: We’re pleased to welcome Joe Frandoni to our team as the new Digital Communications Manager. During his first week, Joe let us interview him. Hi Joe! We’re delighted to have you on our team. Tell us what you’ve been doing before joining AHCMC?

Joe Frandoni: Before joining AHCMC, I worked as a marketing and strategic planning consultant for arts and cultural organizations. I helped launch a fashion brand in Italy, revitalize an historic theater in Cincinnati, Ohio, and work on capacity building programs and strategic planning at the Kennedy Center. I have always enjoyed finding new ways for organizations to share their missions, measure their community impact, and increase their operating efficiency. Consulting was a great way for me to do that.

AHCMC: You have two masters’ degrees in Arts Management, tell us about that.

Joe Frandoni: Well, I graduated from the H. John Heinz III College of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University with a Masters of Arts Management and the Università di Bologna in Bologna Italy, with a graduate degree in Innovation & Organization of Culture & the Arts. They were both incredible experiences. The way I was able to get two degrees in a relatively short amount of time has to do with the dual-degree program that was offered through both universities. I took 75% of the total course load at both universities and wrote a dual thesis acceptable to both institutions. The university essentially removed all of the overlapping classes and my summer break. But, it allowed me to live in Bologna for an entire year – which was delicious by the way, I highly recommend it – and gain a new perspective on how the arts were viewed in other cultures. I think living, learning, and working in both environments has benefited my perspective as a manager and my creativity as an arts advocate.

AHCMC: You’ve done some interesting work with performing arts groups, what’s the project you’ve most proud of and why?

Joe Frandoni: As a native of Cincinnati, I think that working with the Requiem Project to revitalize the historic Emery Theater has been one of my favorite projects. The Emery is one of only three acoustically pure theaters in the country and before the Requiem Project became involved in its revitalization, the building was essentially condemned.  At one point, there had even been a plan to turn the century-old theater into a parking garage. Luckily, the building is now being used regularly for programming while the company prepares for a capital campaign to fully renovate the huge 1,600 seat auditorium and attached classroom space. Helping to bring new performance opportunities, interesting art, and economic growth to my home-town was incredibly rewarding. I cannot wait to see what happens with the Emery in the future.

AHCMC: What attracted you to AHCMC and working for a local arts agency?

Joe Frandoni: AHCMC is always looking for ways to enhance the cultural community of Montgomery County. Through the shared services that are offered in everything from marketing to clean energy and the grants that are given out to fund both projects and organizations, I was inspired by the level support AHCMC offers non-profits in Montgomery County. I felt like this was a place that made a measurable impact and positive difference. I wanted to work here because I wanted to be a part of that impact and help support all of the fantastic arts and cultural initiatives that are blossoming throughout Montgomery County.

AHCMC: What are you looking forward to with this job?

Joe Frandoni: Honestly, I am really looking forward to working with all of the different cultural organizations throughout the county. I want to dig in and see what I can bring to the table in order to provide the best e-services possible for all of AHCMC’s constituents. The marketing, communications, and technology based initiatives will allow me to directly interact with many of the cultural organizations in Montgomery County, and that for me is very exciting.