For Immediate Release: November 30, 2016
CRYSTAL CITY, VA — The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is proud to announce the return of Artomatic to Crystal City this spring. This signature arts event showcases a variety of creative work, including visual art, music, film, live performance, fashion,and more.
“The return of Artomatic to Crystal City demonstrates the area’s continued growth and development as an artistic and innovative laboratory,” said Angela Fox, CEO of the Crystal City BID. “Artomatic’s mission aligns with the BID’s efforts to transform our community into a place where people are inspired to create their own masterpieces.”
The Crystal City BID made its first massive splash onto the creative stage in 2007 by luring Artomatic across the river and helping them host their biggest art happening up to that time. That success spawned a tradition for a recurrence every 5-years that only further demonstrates how far both partners have come since that moment 10 years ago. The 2007 and 2012 editions attracted over 35,000 and 75,000 visitors, respectively, and over a thousand artists for each run. Artomatic 2017 will be in approximately 100,000 square feet of space provided by Vornado/Charles E. Smith at 1800 S. Bell Street. Artomatic is anticipated to attract another large and diverse crowd given its proximity to metro, free parking after 4pm, and location among dozens of restaurants and watering holes.
The new location also has the benefit of an entrance along the interior concourse of Crystal City and part of the 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 currently being held in Park Potomac, Maryland through December 9th, 2016. Additional information about exact dates and artist registration for Crystal City’s spring 2017 Artomatic will be posted in the weeks after the current run closes. Follow the Crystal City BID (@CCBID) on twitter or visit www.crystalcity.org to receive the latest information and updates.
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.
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.