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Tanglewood Works pops up in Arts District for the holidays


Tanglewood Works pops up in Arts District for the holidays

Hyattsville Life & Times – 11/10/16 by Brianna Rhodes

ustin Fair, the Economic Development Coordinator for Hyattsville Community Development Corp, said he believes that the Tanglewood Works pop-up shop has a lot to offer to the Arts District and the city of Hyattsville.

“She [Sue] has been active in the Arts District, engaging in helping people’s homes and providing a stable business resource for the community and driving a real stable example of delivering artisan works to residents and to area stakeholders in a way that because she works in retail is a very welcome creative force for the city,” Fair said.

“She is choosing to locate on that corridor in a space that is heavily trafficked across from Franklin’s to the post office to Pyramid Atlantic. She’s recognizing the opportunity for an eye-catching appeal. It’s a very notable corner and I think that you can’t just have anyone there, Fair said. “It requires something innovative and I think that it’s great that she is doing this for the holiday season.”

Hyattsville Arts Festival Announces Mainstage Performers

2015 Festival Features New Mainstage, Bilingual Website, 70 Exhibitors, And More

Monday, August 17, 2015
Contact:  Justin Fair, Hyattsville CDC
(301) 683-8267

Hyattsville, MD— The 8th Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival, held on Saturday, September 19th, 2015, from 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., announces its six mainstage performers, with genres varying from a modern classical string quartet, hip hop dance, blues, jazz, griot, world, and afro-cuban music. The juried festival is anticipated to attract 4,500 visitors, and is organized by the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation.

We are thrilled to announce the scheduled line-up for the 6 performance acts. For full biographies, photos, and videos of each artist, click here to visit

Time Performances
11 AM Invoke
12 PM Urban Artistry
1 PM Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark
2 PM Brûlée
3 PM Cissa Paz
4 PM Cheick Hamala Diabate


Sponsors include Streetsense, Hon. Deni Taveras, Councilmember, Prince George’s County, District 2 , City of Hyattsville, The Prince George’s County Revenue Authority, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, EYA Homes, Washington City Paper’s Crafty Bastards Fair, Cricket Wireless, Palette at Arts District, and the Maryland State Arts Council; A full list of all sponsors can be found here.


A list of exhibiting artists and artisans, as well as festival news will be posted live to in the upcoming weeks.

See over 70 exhibiting artists, watch live entertainment, and enjoysome of your favorite foods block by block in the vibrant community of Hyattsville. Join over 4,500 DC-area art lovers and line the streets of the Arts District Hyattsville shopping center to experience the regions bestarts and crafts, numerous live performances, as well as local food and drink.


Public Art Honoring Prince George’s County Police To Debut On National Night Out In Hyattsville

Ceremony To Take Place Tue 8/4 3pm At Koch Auto RadiatorOpen PDF


HYATTSVILLE, MD - Koch Auto Radiator and the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation are proud to announce the unveiling of a new public art sculpture, entitled “Mourning Bird,” at National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4th at 3PM in Downtown Hyattsville. The sculpture was commissioned by business owners Paul and Susan Koch as part of the Gateway Arts District Art Lives Here: Biz-Art Match-Up Initiative.  “Mourning Bird”, painted by artist Mark Walker, reimagines a former Prince George’s County Birds-I-View statue as a blue bird that honors and remembers the fallen heroes of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

The sculpture’s new home is situated atop a pedestal at the corner of Route 1/Baltimore Avenue and Crittenden Street, at 4211 Crittenden St, Hyattsville, MD 20781. Visitors are invited to the unveiling ceremony at 3PM where local officers and the public can pay remembrance to officers killed in the line of duty followed by the National Night Out activities in West Hyattsville near the Queens Chapel Town Center shopping center.


Mourning Bird” is a non-profit private sector collaboration to express appreciation and gratitude for the public service of the men and women of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

To learn more about the Hyattsville CDC’s Business-Artist Partnership program, visit To learn more about artist Mark Walker, visit Koch Auto Radiator Service can be found online at pkars.comLastly, to learn more about the National Night Out programming in Hyattsville (District 1), click here.

July 30, 2015
Contact: Justin Fair, Hyattsville CDC
(301) 683-8267


Fallen Heroes

Mourning Bird

Private Edward Dennis Merson
EOW: September 1, 1937

Officer Charles F. Caldwell
EOW: June 12, 1948

Police Officer Alfred F. Steinat
EOW: May 2, 1963

Sergeant Joseph Kelly Brown Sr.
EOW: February 19, 1966

Private John William Leatherbury Jr.
EOW: March 21, 1968

Police Officer Robert E. Yeszerski
EOW: November 30, 1968

Police Officer William W. Gullet Jr.
EOW: February 16, 1969

Private Carroll D. Garrison
EOW: February 20, 1973

Police Officer James Brian Swart
EOW: June 26, 1978

Police Officer Albert Marshall Claggett IV
EOW: June 26, 1978

Police Officer Antonio Martinez Kelsey
EOW: February 2, 1980

Police Officer Raymond Hubbard
EOW: February 8, 1982

Corporal Allan Dale Johnson
EOW: December 8, 1982

Police Officer Carlton X. Fletcher
EOW: June 12, 1983

Major Richard J. Beavers
EOW: November 29, 1983

Sergeant Mark Kevin Murphy
EOW: September 1, 1988

Corporal Harry Leroy Kinikin Jr.
EOW: January 13, 1990

Patrolman Ryan Christopher Johnson Jr.
EOW: April 22, 1992

Lieutenant Roger Peck Fleming
EOW: October 2, 1992

Sergeant John Louis Bagileo
EOW: February 28, 1994

Corporal John Novabilski
EOW: April 26, 1995

Police Officer Kinlonzo Musili Masembwa
EOW: November 10, 2000

Sergeant Anthony Michael “Tony” Walker
EOW: November 15, 1983

Sergeant Stephen Francis Gaughan
EOW: June 21, 2005

Sergeant Richard Scott Findley
EOW: June 27, 2008

Corporal Thomas Paul “Tom” Jensen
EOW: March 10, 2010

Police Officer Adrian Morris
EOW: August 20, 2010

Officer Brennan R. Rabain
EOW: March 7, 2015

The Gateway At University Town Center Announces Sculptor Alan Binstock For Commission At Safeway Retail Plaza

Artwork Installation Planned For October 2015


June 1, 2015


HYATTSVILLE, MD –ECHO Realty and the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation are pleased to announce the commission of sculptor Alan Binstock to create “Ribbon of Life,” a new work of public art for the entrance to the East-West Highway-oriented commercial development – the Gateway at University Town Center (UTC) – in Prince George’s County.

Following a competitive jurying process, Binstock’s artwork was selected for placement in the outdoor pedestrian plaza / seating area outside Safeway, in clear view of the entrance ‘gateway.’ The 3’x15’ sculpture will greet visitors entering the complex and act as a beacon for pedestrians at the plaza. Designed as a three-stranded helix, “Ribbon of Life” is comprised of stainless steel with a matrix of resin and re-purposed tempered glass. Thematically, “Ribbon of Life” addresses the Gateway project’s theme of healthy living by visually inspiring ‘the essence of [the building blocks of life].’


Hyattsville Arts Festival Call For Exhibitors & Performers

The Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts FestivalPDFMonday, May 4, 2015— The Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival Exhibitors Application and Performers Application are now available online.

The Festival will be held Saturday, September 19th, 2015, from 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m and is organized by the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation. This is a juried festival. Only original artwork, photography, handmade jewelry, and crafts are allowed. No commercial merchandise will be accepted, unless it is incredibly unique and environmentally friendly in nature. Food vending is not allowed. Performances of all types will be welcomed for the mainstage. We welcome submissions from throughout the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area.


The Gateway at University Town Center Announces New Public Art Commission for Safeway Retail Plaza


March 30, 2015

Contact:  Justin Fair, Hyattsville CDC

(301) 683-8267

Howard Biel, ECHO-UTC, LLC

(240) 497- 0520  


The Gateway at University Town Center Announces New Public Art Commission for Safeway Retail Plaza

Call For Artists Issued


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HYATTSVILLE, MD – Just months before the latest “lifestyle” Safeway arrives alongside a collection of new shops and restaurants, ECHO Realty and Hyattsville Community Development Corporation are pleased to announce that a new work of public art will be commissioned for the entrance gateway to the East-West Highway-oriented commercial development at University Town Center (UTC) in Prince George’s County. A Call-for Artists for the $44,000 commission has been released, and installation is slated for mid-October, 2015.

The artwork will be positioned east of America Boulevard, located in the outdoor pedestrian plaza / seating area outside Safeway, in clear view of the entrance ‘gateway’. With its proximity to new shops, medical offices, restaurants and the anchor grocer, the Call for Artists will seek themes engaging or evoking healthy foods, healthy diet, healthy appearance, and healthy living; and will welcome approaches of an interactive nature, encouraging pedestrian engagement.

A “lifestyle” Safeway will join current anchor Regal Royale 14 Cinemas, alongside new additions including Phenix Salon Suites, Unleashed by Petco, Town Center Wine & Spirits, Le’s Nails and Spa, together with a yet-unnamed prominent corner restaurant. Additionally, Medstar will be locating at the Gateway with a major Prompt Care and medical facility.  Existing UTC development assets include attractive condominiums, office buildings, student housing, and an outdoor plaza with fountain.  The creation of Safeway as the newest major anchor at UTC, and the development of the adjoining shops and parking structure fronting East West Highway form a conspicuous part of a multi-phase transformation of Hyattsville’s Prince George’s Plaza Transit District.

To learn more about public art in Hyattsville, visit For the latest news on the University Town Center, visit For information regarding ECHO Realty, visit


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Research Interns Wanted for Summer 2015

The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (CDC), a local non-profit community organization serving Hyattsville, the Gateway Arts District, and the Route 1 Corridor, seeks part-time interns for summer 2015. This is an unpaid, part time internship with a flexible work schedule and environment that fosters creativity and independence. Current students can receive class credit. 



Riverdale Park Public Art Initiative Announces Sculptor Joanna Blake to Create First Commission

Environmental themed artwork expected to be installed Summer 2015


View PDFRIVERDALE PARK, Maryland - On behalf of the Riverdale Park Public Art Initiative and with the generous support of the Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council Environmental Public Art Project, the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation is pleased to announce the commission of sculptor Joanna Blake to create a permanent public artwork sculpture at the intersection of East-West Highway and Route 1 (Baltimore Avenue) at the J.D. Williams Office Building, in the Town of Riverdale Park, MD in Prince George’s County.

Following a competitive jurying process, Blake’s proposal titled ‘Great Blue Herons’ was chosen to serve as a landmark for the heavily-trafficked and highly visible intersection. The preliminary concept showcases three herons in flight, with each bird’s outstretched wings touching at their tips, akin to the international symbol for recycling, as a rotating weathervane atop a tall base at the south lawn. As the design develops from maquette to sculpture, Ms. Blake will join the Environmental Public Art Project (EPAP) in interactive discussions with community members to guide the artwork’s development.


Press: Health Center Article

Justin Fair

Justin Fair, a senior from Woodlawn, stops to make a call outside the University of Maryland Health Center, where he visited because he has bronchitis.

Justin Fair, a senior from Woodlawn, stops to make a call outside the University of Maryland Health Center, where he visited because he has bronchitis. Baltimore Sun photo by Algerina Perna

Justin Fair, a 21-year-old senior from Woodlawn, said the masks are necessary and he thinks the university is doing a good job helping people stay healthy.

Press: UMD Career Center Testimonial 2009

Justin Fair, Art Student

I was headstrong with a heavy weight on my shoulders, the day when I interviewed to work at Jungle Grille. I knew if I wanted to work somewhere that I liked to go to, make others happy with my personality, and help put some green in my wallet, this interview was the key to it all. I just had to know how to find and open the lock. When I entered the restaurant after having filled scheduled my appointment days before, I was worried as to whether or not I would be accepted. But soon I found myself chatting with the owner of the restaurant, smiling at me and just talking to me. With his “no worries” approach I watched my own actions as I did my best to truthfully answer his questions, show him who I am, and just be myself. My mother’s always told me to learn from every experience and only to get better as I grow older. Remembering my interview days shows me how far I’ve grown even in such a small period of time. Too often students forget just how young and naïve we really are. I remember only months before, at the end of my freshman year, sitting in the University Career Center speaking to someone about interning somewhere, speaking to someone about my resume, and even involving myself in a quick mock-interview for an internship. As I look back on it, while at my interview at Jungle Grille, I was just doing my best to be as charming and honest as possible; I was also using those skills I had reviewed at the Career Center. Standing across from someone in a green-wall-jungle-painted restaurant with only ambition and hoping you’re good enough to work there can really tax on a person. But soon enough I found at the interview that just by keeping myself direct, naturally friendly, and relaxed, I was offered a position. It’s been months now and I’m happily working at Jungle Grille, but even a few days ago I was told to take initiative and that they enjoy having me as an employee. It is good to know of the impact I can make on an everyday basis, but even more knowing of the people I impact everyday. While at my interview thinking about the University Career Center didn’t enter my mind, but I am certain that actually taking the time to involve myself in the Career Center’s programs did help me along the way. I’ve learned since my first day of working that having natural respect for your fellow man, always having your manners, and taking the time to ask questions, will always benefit you. While applying for a job somewhere may be worrisome, the interviewer will only want to see you for who you are and see what you have to offer to the establishment. If you always act in a professional and kind manner, you’ll find you have a key inside of yourself to open any lock you may encounter. Just be patient, honest to everyone and to yourself, and know who you are and who you want to grow to become; and you’ll be free. Say goodbye to all that weight and all those chains and hello to strength and freedom.

Press: BmoreCultured Feature on High School to College Career

Carver Kids

Carver kids look back By Katie Killon Getting in “I still remember the day I got my acceptance letter,” 21-year-old Lauren Kashan said. “I was skipping around my front lawn, I was like ‘I got a notice saying I was going to heaven instead of hell.”

Justin Fair, a former Theatre Design and Production student described Carver as a school that allowed students to grow and nourish. “We were treated as mature individuals and held to higher expectations than the impressions I’ve had from students from other schools.” Justin Fair, who studied Theatre Design and Production is now a senior at the University of Maryland- College Park. He is interning with Hyattsville CDC and he is planning on going to grad school for Urban planning. Fair has performed as an actor and singer on and off campus and has had his artwork featured in nearby galleries. “Carver’s focus on the arts and on management enforced and encouraged not only my own portfoilio but also allowed me to understand my reach as an artist in my community,” Fair said.

Posts about New Orleans ’10 on Maryland Hillel’s Repair the World Alternative Break Blog

After a day of tiring and exhausting travel, we woke up bright and early at 6:30 AM ready to get our hands dirty. We ventured out to the dining hall and grabbed a quick bite of cereal and bagels for breakfast.

In the meantime, Justin Fair, Eric Feldman and Sam Blum rose to the top of a roof in the backyard where they painted primer on the back wall.