Martha's Table is excited to accept art submissions for our "Art That Inspires" collection! The collection will be featured throughout our new Ward 8 headquarters (to be completed in June 2018), will reinforce the Martha's Table mission, and will celebrate and reflect both Southeast D.C. and the greater D.C. community.

For over 37 years, Martha’s Table has worked to support stronger children, stronger families, and stronger communities by increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food, and family supports. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity for their brightest future and a deeply engaged family and community committed to their success.

Juried artist call open to all 2-dimensional artwork

Submission deadline: February 23, 2018

Notification of selected art: TBA

Delivery of artwork to Martha's Table: By May 2018

“Art That Inspires” Vision and Priorities

The design for our new headquarters is inspired by the Builders series by artist Jacob Lawrence.  To make our space one that fully embodies Lawrence’s idea of community—one of “skill, ingenuity, hard work, and collaboration”—we hope to establish and exhibit a vibrant, welcoming art collection in the building that accomplishes the following:

  • Reinforces Martha’s Table’s two core principles: (1) every child deserves the opportunity for their brightest future and (2) we as a community must raise our voices and take action to ensure equitable access for every child
  • Reflects and celebrates our new Ward 8 neighbors—their history, tastes, and values
  • Inspires and offers both knowledge and joy to all guests of the Commons
  • Promotes curiosity and healthy living
While our goal is to have the majority of art connected to Ward 8, we are also seeking submissions from artists with deep connections to the greater D.C. community and a demonstrated commitment to the Martha's Table mission.

Art Selection Committee

All artwork will be reviewed by the “Art That Inspires” art selection committee, which is made up of Martha's Table staff and board members:

  • Camille Giraud Akeju, Martha’s Table board member and former Director of the Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Community Museum

  • Lonnie Bradley, Martha’s Table Healthy Eating team and Southeast D.C. resident

  • Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Martha’s Table board member and former Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art

  • Diarra McKinney, Martha’s Table real estate advisor

  • Sequoya Pollard, Martha’s Table Healthy Start team member and Southeast D.C. resident

  • Amber Robles-Gordon, Ward 8-based artist and "Art That Inspires" curator

Artist and Art Eligibility

Artist Eligibility

When reviewing the submitted art, our art selection committee will the artist's demonstrated relationship with the D.C. community, especially the Southeast D.C. community.

Art Eligibility

Submitted art must be two-dimensional and no larger than 30" x 40".

When reviewing the submitted art, our art selection committee will consider the following:

  • The artist's demonstration of mastery and originality within their chosen medium/media

  • The art's relevance to the Martha's Table and/or the D.C. community

Additional Information for Selected Art

Purchase of submitted art may happen before the art submission deadline. Art selected for purchase will become the property of Martha’s Table’s “Art That Inspires” collection. Sale prices are determined by artists.

All frame mounting must be of fine quality, consistent with the work, and set with an attached wire. Our art selection committee will determine if selected works will be purchased with or without the original framing. Delivery of selected artwork will be arranged by Amber Robles-Gordon.

Martha’s Table reserves the right to use images of selected artwork for the purpose of publicity and/or promotion of the “Art That Inspires”  collection and the Martha’s Table mission.

Please direct any questions to:

Amber Robles-Gordon at