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The non-profit Chris4Life came up with an unique idea for their first annual “Blue Hope Bash” – get cancer survivors to create art at ArtJamz and then sell the paintings during a silent auction to raise money. It worked!

Gala season is in full swing but the Blue Hope Bash hosted by the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation added some creative twists to make their gala stand out. Cris4Life works to improve the patient-treatment experience of individuals with colon cancer, while also raising funds to research a cure – a dual approach that has them working for improvement in both the present and the future.

The evening featured a heartfelt keynote from Oklahoma Congressman Dan Boren, who recently lost his mother to colon cancer. ABC7 health reporter Jennifer Donelan was the evening’s mistress of ceremonies. But to make the gala standout from so many that occur in Washington D.C. at the silent auction, guests could bid on art created by colon cancer survivors at an ArtJamz session. A great creative twist that helped add to the evening’s successful fundraising efforts that reached $100,000.

See the photos from the Chris4Life private ArtJamz session HERE.

Have an event that you would like to have ArtJamz at, or, are you looking for a new and creative way to fundraise? Give us a call at 202-709-8078 or email info@artjamzdc.com

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This summer, join the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design for the return of ArtJamz on August 24–26 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Corcoran’s Gallery 31. Inspired by the Corcoran’s summer exhibition Chris Martin Painting Big (June 18–October 23, 2011), Artjamz: Painting Big Sessions will prompt participants to think big on their 22 x 28 inch canvases like Martin does on his larger-than-life canvases, creating their own take-home masterpieces in the historic Gallery.

REGISTER HERE

“This will be our third set of ArtJamz sessions at Gallery 31. We are excited to be back in the place where we started it all, said ArtJamz Chief Creative Enabler, Michael M. Clements. “And the Corcoran is such the perfect place to let anyone who wants to paint, come and get their hands dirty.”
ArtJamz participants will enjoy Heineken, wine, vitaminwater, hors d’oeuvres, and music in Gallery 31, the Corcoran’s free exhibition space, along with access to paint brushes, acrylic paints, and a blank canvas. Tickets cost $55 for Corcoran Members and $65 for members of the public. For more information on ArtJamz: Painting Big Sessions and to register, please visit http://getinvolved.corcoran.org/artjamzaugust2011.

ABOUT CHRIS MARTIN: PAINTING BIG
Painting Big presents the work of abstract painter Chris Martin in the form of a three-part exhibition. One portion brings together large-scale paintings from the past nine years; another is a dense assemblage of small paintings in the Rotunda on view through August 28; the third presents a new body of work: a site-specific installation of monumental paintings in the Corcoran’s central atrium. Three paintings, each 26 feet high, will be suspended from the second floor to the ground, creating a vibrant “room” of color and pattern in the public space. Martin’s paintings are tactile and stitched-together, incorporating found objects and collage into their abstract geometries and rhythmic patterns. His works relate to the physical world as much as to his own internal landscape of memories and experiences, which draw from music, literature, and the human relationship to the natural world. Originally from Washington, D.C., this will mark Chris Martin’s first exhibition in D.C. and his first one-artist museum exhibition. For more information on Chris Martin: Painting Big, please visit www.corcoran.org/now.

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In perhaps the most significant partnership since launching a year ago in June 2010, ArtJamz participants will get a chance to paint while listening to live jazz in the Kogod Courtyard of the American Art Museum during three of the museum’s ongoing Thursday night “Take 5! Concerts.”

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The Washington Post singled out the Picnic Theatre Company and its brand of “Drink Theatre” calling it Washington’s “next big thing” in the city’s evolving creative entertainment scene.

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ArtJamz is headed back to Shaw district to Lamont Bishop Gallery for a five night stand in one of the cities newest and coolest new galleries.

FIVE NIGHTS ONLY REGISTER HERE!
May 26 and 27 6:30PM to 10:00PM
June 2, 3, and 4 6:30PM to 10:00PM
Lamont Bishop Gallery
1314 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
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ArtJamz Fathom Creative Sessions

In the middle of the 20th century, 14th Street NW near the intersection of P Street was known as “auto row”. Now you can take your creative spirit for a test drive in a newly renovated classic car dealership. ArtJammers start your engines!