Archive for the ‘Kwame Brown’ Category

Oh, BAR Coasters!

December 31, 2008

Oh, BAR Coasters!

We wondered why the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities was using bar coasters to promote today’s New Year’s Eve event, the one that is “perfect for youth ages 3 – 16.” Indeed, along with the DC arts community, we also wondered where the Commission’s new Director had obtained her arts administration training and experience.

Imagine our chagrin upon learning that Washington City Paper‘s Loose Lips had answered both questions back in September.


Michael Brown! Michael Brown! Michael Brown!

October 2, 2008

Michael Brown! Michael Brown! Michael Brown!

NotionsCapital’s editor pays monthly rates for line-land telephone service. Why?  So DC Council candidate Michael Brown can send him automated phone messages two or three times a day. Loud, distorted, non-informative recorded “robo-calls.”

What we know about Michael Brown: he is determined to repeatedly invade the domestic privacy of DC voters via telephone. He thinks this will encourage them to vote for him.


Big Bronze Bobbleheads?

August 19, 2007

Buy me some sculpture and Crackerjacks . . . .

The Washington Nationals nearly caused a riot yesterday. Not on the field, but on the line to enter RFK Stadium, where the team gave away bobblehead dolls. The promotion was so successful, and such a credit to the city, Mayor Fenty just put $700,000 in the District budget to buy the team’s millionaire owners giant bronze bobbleheads for the new Nationals Stadium.

Seriously, Mr. Fenty reprogrammed $700,000 to buy custom-made art work at the stadium for the team’s millionaire owners. How many times does this bad policy have to strike out before it is removed from the batting order? The Council in its wisdom has rejected this move twice before, and  Councilmember Kwame Brown, who chairs the Economic Development Committee, has called a “time out” on this attempt. Public art of this sort of is usually funded by the developer or tenant, and government arts agencies provide technical assistance. Well-known local examples include the Washington Convention Center and Reagan National Airport.

The claim that the stadium sculpture will be owned by the District and eventually moved elsewhere is absurd. The application for this one-of-a-kind, site-specific art includes architectural drawings of the stadium. Claiming this art is just on loan is like saying you don’t own your own dental work but have merely borrowed it.

Construction of lighting and maintenance of the stadium art works, also provided by the District, are not included in the $700K. There goes your Stadium Budget Cap. Councilmembers: use this $700,000 to fund a competitive, peer-reviewed Capital Arts Grant Program for DC community arts organizations.