Category: Press/Media

Press: Mention in Gazette Article for Hyattsville CDC Biz-Art Match-Up

The sculpture is part of the Biz-Art Match-Up program, a Hyattsville Development Corp. initiative to highlight businesses in the Gateway Arts District while engaging the community through public art, said Justin Fair, the organization’s economic development coordinator. The initiative, which pairs 10 artists with 10 businesses in North Brentwood, Hyattsville and Riverdale Park to work on projects ranging from sculpture to interior design to photography, is funded by local and nationwide art grants and matching funds from the businesses.

“It’s really allowed the business owner to think outside the box,” Fair said. “Here’s some money, here’s an artist; what can you guys do together?”

All of the projects are expected to be complete by Aug. 15.

Other partnerships include interior designers working on a project at Authentic Bartending School of Maryland in Hyattsville; a collage artist working on an installation at Spice 6, a restaurant in Hyattsville; and a photographer working on a photo shoot at The Ivy Lounge Salon in Riverdale Park. Fair said total funding for the project was $11,000.

After the businesses and the artists were selected separately, Fair said the businesses were allowed to select the artists with whom they were interested in working.

“This project is our first small step in what we hope will become an example of how the arts can become a better economic tool,” Fair said.

Press & Online

Below are press articles collected that feature quotes by or reference Justin Fair. Additional sources of press may be found with his work on the links below, or with work as listed on his CV.

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Press: Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival on Let's Talk Live

By Courtney Gwynn (View full article online on WJLA NewsChannel 8)

This Saturday, arts and crafts, live performers, and tasty local food will be in one place. It’s all for the Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival. Justin Fair, the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation Economic Development Coordinator was joined by Charles Reiher and Monna Kauppinen, two of the artists from the event, to tell us more about the festival.

Press: Hyattsville commemorates War of 1812 with art and music

by Jon Banister (View full article online on The Sentinel)

HYATTSVILLE – City residents gathered in the lot behind the Franklin’s restaurant on Route 1 Saturday to transform the bridge and concrete walls into a series of murals commemorating the War of 1812 and city history.

The Bursting in Air public art party featured performers, artists, local vendors and community groups working together to revitalize the public landmark while celebrating their history.
“Along Route 1 there’s an interest in local heritage, history, the arts and specifically for this event we wanted a way that we could see public art applied to the bridge, a way that we could involve community members,” said Justin Fair, economic development coordinator for the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, which organized the event.
Performances included Blue Sky Puppets, Arachne Aerial Arts and 1814: The War of 1812 Rock Opera.

Press: Mention in article by Ashley Edokpayi for Hyattsville's Lustine Center

Hyattsville’s historic Lustine Center lives on

By: Ashley Edokpayi APR. 27, 2014 Arts District walkers stop for a peek at an abstract painting display while neighborhood gym-goers begin their Saturday evening treadmill run just next door. ‘The Lustine Center’ sign sits atop of the building in bold capital letters and glowing in red luminescent lights, grabbing the attention of those driving…

“With the arts district growing it’s important for local artists to have opportunities to gain exposure,” said HCDC Development Coordinator Justin Fair. The Lustine Gallery has done just that by offering consistently great shows which highlight DC and surrounding area artists, according to visitors. “The gallery is an example of the District stimulating economic development, especially for the artist community here,” said Fair.

The Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival Call for Exhibitors & Performers Now Open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              
Contact:  Justin Fair, Hyattsville CDC
(301) 683-8267


Monday, May 5, 2014— The Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival Exhibitors Application and Performer Application are now available online. The Festival will be held Saturday, September 13th, 2014, from 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 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. We welcome submissions from throughout the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area. 

Fill out our online form to apply: Go to and select ‘Applications’. 

  • Performers Applications are due Monday, June 30th, 2014,
  • Exhibitors Applications are due Monday, July 28th, 2014. 


Press: Gateway Arts District Pumps Up Internet Efforts

New site to collect coverage of Route 1 corridor.

By Michael Theis (view article online on Patch)

The Gateway Arts District has launched a new blog to highlight news and social media coverage of life along Maryland’s southern Route 1 corridor. It’s the latest in a series of steps taken by the Gateway Arts District and the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation to improve their footing in the digital realm. The new Route 1 news aggregator, dubbed the Gateway Arts District Reading Room, will collect posts from a variety of local media outlets in one location for convenient access. It’s currently in a beta-launch right now, using a WordPress domain, according to Justin Fair, economic development coordinator at Hyattsville CDC and the content manager for But before long, the site will be incorporated under the domain.

Hyattsville Arts Festival Call for Exhibitors


 Call for artists, artisans, and organizations to exhibit at 5th Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival



Hyattsville Arts Festival

MEDIA ADVISORY PDF                       

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

July 10, 2012


Contact:  Justin Fair

Hyattsville CDC

(301) 863-8267



The Fifth Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival exhibitor application is now available to artists, artisans and other arts organizations.The festivalwill be held Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 from 11:00 a.m.?5:00 p.m. Only original artwork, photography, handmade jewelry, and handmade crafts are allowed. No commercial merchandise will be accepted, unless it is incredibly unique and environmentally friendly in nature. We welcome submissions from throughout the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area.


Download our PDF  or fill out our online form PDF  to apply. We will be updating very soon with more information about the festival.


Over 50 local visual and performing artists, educators, and craft vendors will gather along the neighborhood streets of Arts District Hyattsville ? the D.C. area?s newest smart growth community, showcasing the talented arts community in Hyattsville and the larger Gateway Arts District. A full event press release will be available soon.



?        Applications must be received (not postmarked) by Monday August 6, 2012

?        Receive notification of acceptance on Monday, August 13, 2012

?        Submit booth fee of $75 by Monday, August 20, 2012

?        Attend event on Saturday, September 22, 2012



Please send application materials, questions and comments to:

Stuart Eisenberg, Hyattsville Community Development Corporation

(301) 683-8267

4312 Hamilton St. Hyattsville, MD 20781




Talking Beyond Development

Talking Beyond Development

Discussion examines social, economic factors informing development debates in the Route 1 corridor.

Clarification: Justin Fair writes in to clarify the role under which he attended the event. He currently works as the artist in residence at the Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood.

“I finish my residency at the end of this month, and while I am also the Content Manager for the website, I aimed to attend the get-together on my own and my arts blog’s behalf (Soulstrong Arts Blog). It just seemed that my work with the Hyattsville & Gateway CDC’s website was of interest.”

I’ll be on the College Park Rent Stabilization Board

From Patrick Wojahn at College Park District 1:

We will also be filling the Rent Stabilization Board. I have located two tenants who are interested in serving as tenant representatives of this committee – both are residents of District 2 in Branchville in north College Park, Justin Fair and former deputy student liaison Aaron Zaccaria. Councilmember Nagle is putting forward Kimberly James and Bob Weber, both north College Park residents, to serve on the two optional seats on the Rent Stabilization Board. Thanks to all of them for stepping up and volunteering.

The Home of Miss Valerie Watson

Link: The Home of Miss Valerie Watson

As I stated earlier, I’d post some photos that I took while George and I visited our dear friend Valerie Watson. Her home is in Cheverly, and she has decorated a wonderful home with her partner, Danny. Last year, George and I had the pleasure of helping her pick out and then tiling her kitchen walls. I’ve included some photos in the next link.


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