DDOT Announces Grant for Monroe Street Bridge Art Activation
Neighbors - Some exciting news amid the COVID madness: DDOT has issued a "Notice of Funding Availability" and request for proposals from DC non-profit arts organizations to design and implement a permanent arts activation project for the Monroe Street Bridge.
As you recall, the Monroe Street Bridge also served as a living art installation for decades before the 2017 reconstruction. Pieces of Brookland and Edgewood history - both tragic and healing - were embedded in the Bridge; in 2014, the Bridge was "yarn bombed." Many local artists contributed over time, including Julee Dickerson-Thompson of the Young Masters, a local, community-based non-profit focused on nurturing young and aspiring artists. Coincidentally, Julee and I met at the Grand Reopening of the Bridge this past December.
DDOT's grant allocates $50,000 (from the Monroe Street Market PUD Community Benefits Agreement) as a start toward making the Monroe Street Bridge unique artistic gateway to and bridge between the Brookland and Edgewood communities again.
You can find the notice and grant application here: https://ddot.dc.gov/page/apply-grant. Responses are due June 7, and please reach out if you have any questions.