ABOUT THE MLK JR. MEMORIAL LIBRARY MODERNIZATION:
Following a seven-year focus on improving the infrastructure of its library system, including refurbishing, rebuilding or renovating over fifteen branch libraries, the DCPL is undertaking a major modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library, at 901 G St. NW.
With the aim of creating “a world-class library for the 21st century,” the Library has developed a Library Building Program guided by four principles:
● Balance the joy of reading with space for innovation, creation, collaboration and technology.
● Showcase the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
● Respect the building’s historic designation and the industrial, modern style of the original architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
● Create a space that is bright, open, flexible and welcoming for all.
In short, the Library aims to go beyond a library that is merely transactional – a place where you go simply to check out a book – to create a library that truly transforms lives – a world-class library for the 21st Century. For more information on the MLK modernization, visit: https://www.dclibrary.org/mlkfuture; to view final designs visit: https://www.slideshare.net/DCPublicLibrary/mlk-final-designs.
ABOUT PUBLIC ART AT THE MLK JR. MEMORIAL LIBRARY:
The MLK Jr. Memorial Library celebrates public art as a tool for learning, growth, and community connection. Permanent art in the Library building will honor Dr. King’s legacy and love of books by enhancing spaces for lifelong learning that are welcoming and accessible to all. This is the portal to apply to public art opportunities at the Library.
- Realize a project that s/he might otherwise be unable to produce. The project will be created over the term of a year, using equipment in the Labs at DC Public Library.
- Provide training on aspects of making, such as textiles/e-textiles, robotics, micro-computing or product design and iteration, as examples, to library patrons and staff in the Labs and neighborhood libraries.
- Attract new library patrons interested in Making.
- Increase the Library’s network of Makers in D.C.
- Increase visibility for Makers/Artists, through exhibition and programming opportunities.
- Create one significant Maker project during his/her residency (projects might include wearable technology, making a robot, video game, invented device, interactive art work, etc.)
- Host two community classes/trainings per month in his/her area(s) of expertise, at two DC Public Library locations, one of which is a location in Wards 7 or 8. At the Foundation’s discretion in collaboration with the MIR, occasionally classes may occur at partner organizations.
- Thoroughly document the process of creating his/her Maker project by photograph and/or video and in writing, for distribution on the Library’s website and social media channels, as well as through the Maker’s own social network.
- Attend monthly Labs Working Group meetings with DC Public Library Labs staff.
- Attend networking and outreach events with DCPL staff to promote the Labs at DC Public Library in D.C., and Maker Faires and other events around the country, subject to schedule availability.
- PROJECT STATEMENT (500 words): Describe the project that you would like to undertake during your yearlong residency at DC Public Library.
- IMAGES: 7-10 images of past work. Include photos, drawings, and/or renderings of proposed project if available.
- BENEFIT STATEMENT (250 words): Describe how receiving the DC Public Library residency and the resources it provides will further your goals as a maker.
- CV/ RESUME. Include your full name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.
- List of THREE REFERENCES. Include name, title, email and phone number.
- Fab Lab
- Studio Lab (Audio/Visual Production)
- Memory Lab