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Public Meeting: Proposals for the Freedmen’s Cemetery Sculpture
The public is invited to meet the artists and view the proposals at this reception.
The finalists are:
- Erik Blome, Crystal Lake, Illinois
- Mario Chiodo, Oakland, California
- Edward Dwight, Denver, Colorado
Beginning July 9, the proposals will be on display at City Hall, Vola Lawson Lobby, located at 301 King St. The public may record written comments at the display, or e-mail comments to email@example.com August 6.
The three finalists emerged from a talented pool of applicants from 19 states and three countries who responded to a widely promoted “Call to Artists.” The artists were selected by a panel of stakeholders including representatives of the Friends of Freedmen’s Cemetery, descendant family members, Old Town/Hunting Creek Civic Association, the Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage, Alexandria Historical Society, the Public Art Committee, and subject matter experts including an historian, design professional and sculptor.
Following the month-long display of the proposals, the Selection Panel will consider the public comments and make a recommendation to the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and City Council. The winning artist will be announced in September. The sculpture will be installed in the spring of 2013 at the Cemetery, located at 1001 S. Washington St.
The cost of the sculpture is funded in accordance with the terms of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge settlement agreement between the City, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The sculpture will be a part of a larger Memorial to those who did not live long in freedom, the freed and escaped slaves and their children buried in the Cemetery. The goal of the sculpture is to educate visitors to the Cemetery about the courageous struggles of the thousands of contrabands and freedmen who sought refuge in Alexandria during the Civil War. The sculpture will be located inside the Cemetery, and will serve as a reminder to generations of the struggle for freedom and the people who fought for it.
More About Oswald Durant Center
The Oswald Durant Center is a community center that hosts programs and events in the areas of performing and visual arts. The center hosts a variety of performances, shows, special events and classes in the arts throughout the year. The center is available to rent for private occasions on weekends.
Other events here
- Entrepreneur Training for Success - Business Start-Up Program for Women March 23, 2013 / March 25, 2013 / March 27, 2013 / April 1, 2013 / April 3, 2013 / April 8, 2013 / April 15, 2013 / April 22, 2013 / April 24, 2013 / April 29, 2013 / May 6, 2013 / May 13, 2013 / May 15, 2013 / May 20, 2013 / May 22, 2013 / May 29, 2013 / May 31, 2013 / June 3, 2013 / June 7, 2013 / June 10, 2013 / June 15, 2013 / June 22, 2013, 6:30 pm–9:00 pm
- Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee May 20, 2013 / June 17, 2013 / July 15, 2013 / August 19, 2013 / September 16, 2013 / October 21, 2013 / November 18, 2013 / December 16, 2013, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
- Upper King Street Neighborhood Association Meeting July 16, 2012 / October 15, 2012 / November 19, 2012 / December 17, 2012 / January 21, 2013 / March 18, 2013 / April 15, 2013 / May 20, 2013 / June 17, 2013, 7:30 pm