Artomatic strengthens the artistic community and builds an audience for that community by bringing together artists to temporarily transform available space into a creative place.
Artomatic started in 1999 in the historic Manhattan Laundry buildings on Florida Avenue, N.W. More than 25,000 people visited the first Artomatic during its six week duration and the event was widely reviewed and discussed in the regional media. Since the initial event, Artomatic has continued to improve and grow as well as expand its relationships with developers, real estate firms, and business improvement districts (BIDs) in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.
George Koch currently serves as an adviser for Artomatic, Inc. He lead the Artomatic Steering Committee in first four Artomatic events which provided a forum for all area artists and performers to convene perform and exhibit, strengthening the visibility, cohesion, and marketplace of Washington's arts community. In 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2007 Artomatic energized Washington artists and performers and demonstrated the city's creative energy, captured media attention, and drew residents from the tri-state area. He serves as a member of the planning committee for Creative D.C. a new cultural initiative in the District of Columbia.
George Koch is a painter and founder of A. Salon, Ltd., an artist's service organization in the District of Columbia. George Koch served in various leadership positions with A. Salon until 2000. George Koch is a founding member and currently serves on the board of the Cultural Development Corporation. He was a founding board member of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington and previously served on the board for three terms. He was recipient of the Cultural Alliance’s first Tony Taylor Award.
George Koch chaired the Arts and Culture Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, for ten years. Under his tenure, the Arts and Culture Committee sponsored Arts D.C. in cooperation with the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities. During the ten year life of Arts D.C., George Koch served as its Chair. The Arts and Culture Committee championed and sponsored the creation of the D.C. Film Office.
Please contact George Koch and Tom Cushing for more information about licensing.