WRAPture Installation & Cookout

May 7, 2019 @ 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Rd SE
Washington, DC 20020
Monica Jahan Bose partners with the Anacostia Arts Center, We Act Radio, Check It, and other members of the community in Washington, DC and Katakhali Village, Bangladesh to present WRAPture, a temporary public art project created through a series of sari fabrication workshops.  WRAPture will wrap or drape five buildings in Anacostia with massive colorful cotton fabric saris from Bangladesh covered with printmaking and writing about climate change by residents of Anacostia and Katakhali Village, Bangladesh.  Installation hubs:  Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington DC) and We Act Radio/Check It (1918 & 1920 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue).
Thursday, May 9 — Celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • WRAPture installation.Viewing hours 2-8 pm. 
  • From 3-5 pm, Rejoice in the Return of the Shad with Anacostia Watershed Society, sidewalk in front of Anacostia Arts Center.  Draw and write on a sari, learn about the important work being done in the Anacostia River and watershed.
  • From 6-9 pm, Reception/Poetry Open Mic/Cookout and Iftar at Bundy Secret Garden, behind Check It and We Act Radio.
  • During viewing hours, Monica Jahan Bose and WRAPture participants will be continuously on site to speak to visitors.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Residents of Anacostia and Katakhali Village helped to fabricate, assemble, and install the project through a series of paid workshops. WRAPture includes a sound installation with songs and music from Katakhali and Anacostia, facilitated by We Act Radio. As part of the project, DC residents learn about climate change and renewable energy and add their own stories to the saris. The project links two riverfront communities in solidarity on the issue of climate change and sea level rise.

INSTALLATION: The temporary project is for the duration of one afternoon/early evening, on three separate dates during  Spring 2019.  The buildings to be wrapped are at the corner of Good Hope Road and MLKJR Avenue, specifically 1227 and 1231 Good Hope Road SE (Anacostia Arts Center and the adjacent Anacostia Business Center), and 1918, 1920, and 1922 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave, SE (the We Act Radio, Check It, and District Culture buildings).  The wrapping dates are weather dependent, so stay tuned for rain/snow dates.

This project is funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Public Art Building Communities Grant Program.

The project is also supported by our community partners Anacostia Arts Center, We Act Radio, Mayor’s Office on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs, WPFW, and Mom’s Clean Air Force.

Lead Artist: Monica Jahan Bose
Project Manager: Amy Lokoff
Marketingy: Karen Baker.

Media Contact: Kelly Davidson | | 301.300.4011


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