• Nick Cheolas

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: Responses are due June 7, and please reach out if you have any questions.

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