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Local officials will pay for five sculptures to grace Riverdale Park neighborhoods. It’s part of the Riverdale Park Public Art Initiative, a collaboration between the town of Riverdale Park and the Hyattsville Community Development Corp. The initiative has been active since 2015. This year, they’re seeking five sculptures of various styles and sizes to display at publicly-accessible sites within Riverdale Park. Organizers want “site-appropriate sculptural work fitting of each chosen location.”
Is the Gateway Arts District helping local artists? Anecdotally, the answer seems to be “yes.” Over the past 20 years, a number of arts organizations in the Gateway Arts District have sprung into life and created new visibility for the local arts industry along Prince George’s County’s southern Route 1 corridor. For instance, the Hyattsville Arts & Ales festival, formerly the Hyattsville Arts Festival, has grown dramatically, spanning multiple city blocks in downtown Hyattsville and attracting thousands of arts-oriented revelers to the corridor. But numbers to back up these anecdotes are hard to come by, or – worse – very fuzzy. The Gateway Arts District can informally refer to two things.
Calling all sculptors and artistic architects: The Hyattsville Community Development corporation has a commission out seeking proposals for three sculptures to grace the grounds of an affordable housing complex near Magruder Park. The property in question is the Parkview Manor apartment complex next to Magruder Park at 5042 38th Ave. in southern Hyattsville. The property is owned by the Silver Spring-based Montgomery Housing Partnership which recently undertook a $3.4 million refinancing to fund renovations to the property. In addition to the art, the work will include new roofs, electrical wiring, water lines, sanitary infrastructure, new HVAC units and windows, among others. The property also will have asbestos removed or sealed.