Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Questions Everyone Asks
- Where is the Arts District? What are its perimeters?
- What is an arts district? How is the Gateway Arts District managed?
- How's the Arts District sponsored? Who leads the effort?
- Who manages the Gateway Arts District public relations and publicity? Who runs MyGatewayArts.org?
- I need to find an arts-related resource. Who can I contact to ask an arts-related question? Is there a community forum?
How to Use MyGatewayArts.org
- How do I add myself or edit my listing in the Artist Directory?
- How are artists and businesses listed in your directory/locator? How many arts-related businesses are there in the Gateway Arts District?
- How do I add Arts District news to my news feed?
- How do I submit a calendar event posting? What can I include?
- How do I submit a residential/commercial property for rent/sale?
- How do I export the calendar so I can see it on my iCal/Google Calendar?
- Who do I contact to find a new studio?
- How do I submit content for the Arts & Educational Resources section?
- Where do I add my "Call for Artists"?
- How can I promote myself on MyGatewayArts.org?
- I have a question that isn't listed here...
Questions about the Gateway Arts District
The Arts District runs north-south along Baltimore/Rhode Island Avenue, beginning at Madison Street at Baltimore Avenue in Hyattsville and ending at Eastern Avenue at Rhode Island Avenue in Mount Rainier.
The Gateway Arts District is the only arts district in Maryland to feature more than one city/town, and is the closest in Maryland to the Washington, DC area (following Wheaton, MD; Bethesda, MD; Silver Spring, MD; and the DC Arts District of Washington, DC).
The Arts District runs 2 miles long along Route 1.
Need a visual? The City of Hyattsville provides an online map from Section 4, Page 12 of the Sector Plan). The different colors relate to the Sector Plan's Character Areas (click on 'Legend' on the upper-left), which inform each property's use and as a whole, potential real property tax eligiblity. For more about the character areas, read the Sector Plan's Implementation Section (5), page 135. View below:
"Nationally Arts and Entertainment (A&E) Districts can be found in cities and towns of all sizes each one is uniquely reflecting a local mission, history, and cultural development. Some districts succeed with thoughtful landscaping and signage, while others are involved in the renovation of existing buildings and attracting complimentary businesses..." -See the Maryland State Arts Council page for more information.
How is the Gateway Arts District managed?
The Gateway Arts District is an area rich with collaboration between area businesses, organizations, sponsors, and resident artists; as such, many mistake local organizations, terms and mix-up Arts District borders. We understand this distinction can be very confusing, allow us to clarify the terminology: Visit our About page to learn more. The Arts District is managed by the Gateway Arts District Management Team.
The Prince George's County Gateway Arts & Entertainment District is managed by the Gateway Arts District Management Team. The Arts District is funded by grants from M-NCPPC, Prince George's County Councilman Will Campos, and the support of the Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Hyattsville CDC, and the Gateway CDC. In addition, the Arts District is identified as part of the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area (ATHA)'s Maryland Milestones.
Key contributing sponsors are including but not limited to businesses and non-profits such as: The Mount Rainier Business Association, World Arts Focus & Joe's Movement Emporium, Neighborhood Design Center, Anacostia Trails Heritage Association, artdc Gallery, Red Dirt Studio, Washington Glass School, DC Glass Works, M-NCPPC's the Brentwood Arts Exchange, and Bank of America, and more.
The Gateway Arts District Management Team oversees all public relations and publicity through the Gateway CDC and Hyattsville CDC.
The Hyattsville CDC and Gateway CDC act as webmaster for this website and promote public relations through the MyGatewayArts handles on Twitter, Facebook, and by e-mail.
How to Use MyGatewayArts.org
New users can join our artists directory for free.
Returning users, please login your account (top right-hand side of the website) and enter your information. If you have trouble, contact our webmasters.
There are two good ways to do this: For a single feed that pulls from our Reading Room Blogs, head to the Reading Room and look for the RSS icon:
Second, you can visit our social media page to subscribe to our Facebook group, Facebook page, and look for other independent organizations' news.
You will first need to log-in in order to submit events calendar postings (as well as directory listings).
What can I submit?
Any event (view event types) featuring a Gateway Arts District artist will be listed, be it in the Arts District or in the Greater Metropolitan area. If outside the Arts District, in the event title, please add "located at Business Name" or "in DC" to better distinguish.
Please note, for exhibition runs, only those located within the Gateway Arts District will be listed on our calendar, while as just mentioned, any Gateway artist can enter an exhibition's reception/talk/event no matter where it is held.
Well, it's a work-in-progress: You can use this URL to import the calendar: http://mygatewayarts.org/calendar/export - You may need to export this calendar monthly, and some event times are a bit wonky.
How do I submit a residential/commercial property for rent/sale? Who do I contact to find a new studio?
Our Studio Locator is the tool you're looking for. Each property owner is listed for each listing. If after consulting the locator, you'd still like to locate more opportunities, please fill out the Hyattsville CDC's Call for Assistance page or please e-mail the Gateway CDC Program and Facility Manager, John Paradiso. Include the following information requests: property location, space specifications, space price, press release date, and contact name, e-mail, and telephone.
Please e-mail our webmasters to add to our resource. Include all relevant information about the resource as well as its contact information.
How many arts-related businesses are there?
Our Artists Directory and Business Directory is user-generated and regularly grows in number. It allows those who live or actively work within/near the Arts District and identify as Gateway artists/businesses to list themselves on our community resource. For this purpose, our website defines the following as "artists" and "businesses":
Artists & artisans are those who associate with the Arts District. Artists do not need to have a studio to be listed, nor do they need to have exhibited recently or provide examples of the artwork to be listed. Those that do have a studio will be placed on our map.
- Artist types are listed here.
Businesses are brick-and-mortar that are located in the Arts District or are nearby and actively associate with the Arts District. Businesses' services/goods should appeal to the arts community ("arts-related"), e.g., work or serve goods/services in the visual arts, performing arts, arts management, culinary arts, cosmetology, design/planning fields, and other forms interpreted as formal studies of the arts.
How's the map work? Our directory has a map that plots businesses with regular hours of operation, storefronts, or those regularly open for events.
- Business types are listed here.
I'm an artist too! Do I need to make two listings?
Not necessarily, it's up to you. If an artist with a business or studio wants to only make one listing rather than two, no worries--there's the option to complete one directory listing, but select a different (or same) artist's name and trade name for both yourself and your business/studio name.
I'm a mobile business. Which directory should I be on?
Likely, the Artists Directory: The goal of our business directory is to locate stores and services that are located in or do business directly within the Arts District. If your home is in or near the Arts District, and you actively provide services/goods and identify as a registered business, please enlist in the Business Directory. However, if you do business across the DMV and your service area includes the Arts District, the Artists Directory is best for you.
Find your page from the Artists Directory or Business Locator, and copy the address to your page found in the web address bar. You can visit our social media section and also grab the official Gateway Arts District branding materials from our Reading Room.
I need to find an arts-related resource. Who can I contact to ask an arts-related question? Is there a community forum?
Have you visited our Arts & Education Resources section to find help? If what you're looking for isn't there, please e-mail our website's webmasters first, who can answer or direct your question appropriately. You can also join our community forum on Facebook.
Please e-mail our webmasters to inquire.