We’re getting arty at DC Vote!

August 24th, 2022

Patrice Snow
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Washington, DC – On Monday, August 29th, Washington, DC-based non-profits DC Vote and Art Enables will host an “Art Drives Statehood” fundraiser at the Atlas Theater at 6:30pm. Hosted by Eireann Dolan and her husband, Washington Nationals Pitcher Sean Doolittle, Pie Shop DC owner Sandra Basanti, and Chris “Cardi” Clayton of CHRiS CARDi House of Design, artists from Art Enables have been asked to reinterpret the iconic “STATEHOOD” license plate, the one that has been used for years as a symbol of the fight for equality. Their works will be on display and available for purchase with proceeds staying with the artists and Art Enables.

Coming on the heels of the successful “Art Drives Statehood” interactive mural at Netroots Nation in Pittsburgh, DC Vote’s executive director Bo Shuff released the following statement about the upcoming event:

“The quest for full equality for the people of DC is part of what it means to be a Washingtonian. With our “Art Drives Statehood” initiative and fundraising event next Monday, August 29th, we will combine education about DC Statehood with artistic expression in order to build an understanding of diverse cultures and the march to freedom,” said Shuff.

Shuff added, “DC Vote is beyond thrilled to be partnering with Art Enables because the strong arts and cultural scene in the District of Columbia lends itself to a different kind of activism. Monday’s fundraising event will be the perfect outlet to uplift the unique arts of DC in activism spaces while advocating for self-determination and freedom through DC Statehood. Just like we did with our “Art Drives Statehood” banner at Netroots Nation in Pittsburgh last weekend where we engaged over 3,000 attendees with the message of DC Statehood through art, we look forward to seeing our old friends and meeting new ones at the Atlas Theater next Monday.”

Tony Brunswick, the executive director of Art Enables finished, “We are incredibly excited to be collaborating with DC Vote on the “Art Drives Statehood” event. The work toward DC Statehood has always been about inclusion and equality, and those are the same values we exemplify at Art Enables. Art Enables resident artists are thrilled to share their artworks exploring the theme of Statehood, the District, and everyday life as a DC resident.”