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MetroPerforms! Open Call Auditions Will Be Held Saturday, June 19

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in cooperation with the Washington Area Transit Authority Art in Transit Program is proud to announce the third season of MetroPerforms! Open call auditions will be held Saturday, June 19 from 10 am until 4 pm at Metro Headquarters located at 600 Fifth Street, NW.

The auditions will be judged by members of the DC area arts community. The judges will select approximately 25 performers for this season’s program. “The DC Arts Commission is committed to enlivening the city with arts and culture,” said Gloria Nauden, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “Thousands of people use our Metro system daily and now they will be entertained as they travel on their way.” 

“This year, we look forward to a rich and diverse group of performers and artists who truly showcase the region’s cultural diversity,” added Metro’s Art in Transit Manager and MetroPerforms! judge Michael McBride.

District of Columbia performances will be scheduled from July through August at select Metro Stations. Performances will take place throughout the week from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. A handful of performances on weekends. (A full schedule of performances will be available in July.)

All performances in the MetroPerforms! program will take place at designated station entrances at a distance far enough away from station stairs and escalators to ensure clear access for people heading into or out of Metrorail stations. In addition, program participants are not permitted to sell merchandise, nor solicit funds from the public while performing. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will pay performers a stipend.

Performers selected to participate in MetroPerforms! are required to wear a Metro-issued identification badge while performing, and must cooperate with Metrorail station managers and Metro Transit Police to ensure that performances do not compromise station access and the safety of Metro customers and the general public.

MetroPerforms! is a program developed by the Metro Art in Transit Program in conjunction with local arts councils in the Metrorail service area to enhance the experience of transit users and pedestrians, and support the arts in the region.

For more information on MetroPerforms, please contact the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, (202) 724-5613, email [email protected].