Founded by Margery Goldberg in 2000, Zenith Community Arts Foundation (ZCAF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, committed to arts advocacy, arts education, and public art, as well as using art and creativity to enrich the Greater Washington DC area, with an emphasis on our local community. Based in the Shepherd Park neighborhood of Ward 4, ZCAF achieves our goals by fostering alliances between area artists, businesses, other non-profits, and government agencies.
ZCAF’s BENEFIT TO THE COMMUNITY
Mobile Woodshop and Urban Saw Mill and Forestry Education
The Zenith Community Arts Foundation (ZCAF) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The 1:1 Matching Grant is to support the building of a Wood Shop and a Mobile Wood Shop to teach woodworking to DC residents. The wood shop will be located at 1429 Iris Street NW, Washington, DC, and will be available to Ward 4 residents, serving ZCAF’s immediate neighbors. The Mobile Wood Shop will travel, teaching at community centers and ultimately, serve all 8 Wards of Washington, DC and beyond.
With our goal to teach a new generation skills, specifically woodworking and urban forest stewardship, we will raise public awareness about the value of our urban forests to the city, local economy, and the environment. An effective approach to urban forest stewardship must target and engage students, who are the future stewards of this valuable resource. In addition, the mobile wood-shop can be used for art projects throughout the city and in the parks. We will encourage other non-profits to utilize our mobile woodworking facilities and offer them to city festivals, community projects, and disaster relief. The uses for a mobile wood-shop are vast. Press Release read more
ZCAF’s School’s Out Arts Program (SOAP) and Hand’s on Workshop (HOW) are designed to provides area youths with a fun and supportive atmosphere that reinforces classroom teaching, infusing academic and career-focused information within the context of a project-based arts education program that focuses on the needs of various learning styles – all with the focus on bridging the ‘achievement gap’ inner city young adults confront.
This fall we will focus on tactile media and color theory, working between natural, class-made, and found materials. Students will draw, paint, and sculpt, and in the spring semester students will make their own illustrated books. The class also focuses on soft-skills: students will work on projects independently as well as in small groups, be guided to share materials, be encouraged to talk about their art and learn constructive responses to art. Learn more
Play, Protection, or Peril
Artists and Activists address the role of guns in our culture, holding dialogue on gun violence, action, protection, trauma and healing. Curated by Elizabeth Ashe Play, Protection, or Peril is an exhibition of 2-D, sculpture, performance art, and public programming which explores guns as a source of so many perspectives. A gun is not deemed necessary to function, i.e., like a cell phone, shoes, or warm winter jacket, yet the right to own one is written into our Constitution. Our public programming is based on building relationships with legislative and community nonprofits who address gun violence. What we need here, in our nation’s capital, is art to cross the divide and inspire discussions between the naivety of childhood games, those who need guns to feel safe, those they impact, and those who fear that guns are destroying the fabric of our society. View Exhibit Press Release
The Food Glorious Food Program raised more than $100,000 for the Capital Area Food Bank in just six years. In addition to raising money to help feed the hungry, in 2010-2012, this program included an educational component we dubbed The Sustainable and Scrumptious Program. Through this offshoot program, ZCAF coordinated the development of a unique curriculum. Dietitians and classroom educators, working with ZCAF, developed these cross-curricular lesson plans to integrate visual art, science, home economics, and health class elements. The project, in addition to engaging participating children’s imaginations through the creation of unique works of art, also created greater awareness amongst the children of their local ecosystem, their place in it, and where food comes from, while at the same time, promoted healthy, sustainable dining. This program concluded with 21 tiles created that featured images of the childrens’ food sculptures, transformed into a permanent mural, installed by ZCAF in August of 2012, at the Oyster-Adams School, Washington, DC.
The Food Glorious Food was a unique collaboration between artists, top area chefs, businesses and individuals that has raised more than $100,000 for the Capital Area Food Bank in just four years. Launched in 2005, the mix of food, art and charity includes a month-long art show of food in all its fabulous forms; a calendar with art from the show and delectable recipes; and a calendar launch party and silent auction. PRESS RELEASE
The Freedom Place Collection of 56 privately held works by preeminent African American artists Romare Bearden (1912-1988), Benny Andrews (1930-2006), Alma Thomas (1891-1978), Robert Freeman (b. 1946) and Richard Yarde (1939-2011) was an immediate success when it was unveiled by ZCAF at Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC, in fall 2007. Since then, the collection has been shown at Meridian House International and Congressional Bank in Washington DC, the University of New England in Camden, Maine and at Monroe Community College’s Mercer Gallery in Rochester, New York. Selections are currently on display at Congressional Bank at 2101 K Street NW, WDC 20037. Hours: Mon-Fri, 9-5 VIEW EXHIBIT PRESS RELEASE
eARThly.concerns, a platform for environmental initiatives, was launched in 2008 to increase awareness of America?s endangered natural treasures. Its inaugural project, What Remains: The American Landscape Portfolio of limited-edition prints, benefits the environment through the sale of giclee prints of renowned realist painter Bradley Stevens’s majestic landscapes. Its first beneficiary is the Trust for Public Land and other non-profit environmental groups will be added as the program expands.