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Release Date: Jan 11, 2017

ARTOMATIC Announces Crystal City Dates

For Immediate Release: January 11, 2017
Contact: Crystal City BID: Angela Fox; afox@crystalcity.org, 703-412-9430

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ARTOMATIC Announces Crystal City Dates

Free and Open to Everyone: March 24th to May 6th

Crystal City, VA — Artomatic returns for its signature art event to be held this year in Crystal City, Virginia from Friday, March 24th to Saturday, May 6th. Artomatic draws hundreds of artists and performers throughout the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area to showcase their talents for a six week long free exhibition that routinely attracts thousands of visitors.

“We first brought Artomatic to Crystal City in 2007 in order to demonstrate the transformation that was already in progress – a new main street, fun restaurants – as well as to underscore how easily accessible our neighborhood is from DC. The second showing in 2012 helped us further showcase our emerging arts and innovation scene,” said Crystal City BID President/CEO Angela Fox. “Now in our third iteration, we are excited to mark the beginning of the next generation of growth, engagement and creativity for Crystal City.”

This year’s 100,000 square foot space at 1800 S. Bell Street is provided by Vornado/Charles E. Smith and is located along Crystal City’s Art Underground. Launched in 2013 to transform Crystal City’s interior concourse into a vibrant arts and cultural destination, the Art Underground includes Synetic Theater, the 1200-foot long FotoWalk Underground, ArtJamz Underground, the Gallery Underground, TechShop, and Studios Underground which provides work space for two dozen artists.

Artomatic is well-known for transforming empty spaces into vibrant arts communities that create unique and exciting events for tens of thousands of visitors - all free to visit. Anyone can show art at Artomatic - it is non-juried and art is selected on a first-come, first serve basis - so it’s a great way to discover new art.

“We are very excited to be working again with the Crystal City BID, a constant champion of the arts, to create a unique, invigorating and brand new artistic experience for all visitors to enjoy,” said Jennifer Williamson, current Artomatic Board President. “We will be conducting Artist tours starting in mid-January to allow interested participants an advance glimpse of their artistic home for six weeks where they can start imagining the endless creative possibilities they can do with the space”.

For the latest information about the event, how to register, and when to visit, please visit the Artomatic website and subscribe to their newsletter or their Facebook page.

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What: Artomatic 2017
When: March 24th – May 6th, 2017
Where: 1800 S. Bell St, Crystal City, Virginia
Metro: Crystal City, Blue/Yellow Line
Who: By Artists for Everyone. This event is FREE
Artist Registration: Artist registration will open in mid-February and include details on how to exhibit work, perform, volunteer at Artomatic. Please subscribe to Artomatic by email or Facebook, and check the Artomatic website for updates.
Website: Artomatic.org
Social Media: Facebook: Facebook.com/Artomatic
Twitter: @ARTOMATIC ; #Artomatic
Instagram: ARTOMATIC_DC

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About the Crystal City Business Improvement District
The Crystal City Business Improvement District is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents. Crystal City is ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. For more information, visit www.crystalcity.org.

About Artomatic
Artomatic creates community, builds audience and expands economic development by transforming available space into a playground for artistic expression. Open-entry events showcase creative work including visual art, music, film, performance, poetry and fashion. Artomatic is a non-profit organization headed by a volunteer Board of Directors. For more information, visit www.artomatic.org.