Capital Fringe will move forward with a 2021 Fringe Festival if a six-month window for planning by the artists and Fringe opens up. We remain optimistic!


Through the Down to Earth program, the artists, partners, and Fringe will shine a light on the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and the Kenilworth area’s past, present, and future with a sharp focus on the stewardship of the natural environment and its intersectionality with systemic racism.  Each artist’s practice and process will be our primary lens for reflection and examination, and along with local efforts and expression, will be documented through video, podcast, blog, and photography and shared with you.

Rik Freeman is a DC-based, narrative figurative painter.  Born in Athens, Georgia, in 1956, he began his professional career as an artist in Washington, DC, in 1989, where he has painted numerous murals throughout the area. These works include: Learn from the Past for the H.D. Woodson High School and Knowledge, commissioned by the DC Public Library for the Dorothy I. Height Library. Two of his most prominent commission are Shaw Rhythms for the Washington Convention Center and Arl@200 at the Arlington County Courthouse. You can read more about Rik and his work at

Nikki Hendricks is a DC native who grew up drawing her own fashion magazines and got her first sewing machine at the age of 12. She is MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) graduate, whose collections have been seen at New York, Paris, and Milan fashion weeks. Nikki was the Designer in Residence at the DC Fashion Foundation Incubator program at Macy’s. Nikki draws inspiration from the futurism genre and emphasizes underlying content about race, religion, gender, and sexuality. You can learn more about Nikki and view her work at

Siobhan Rigg is an artist, whose creative and research interests center on social and environmental micro-histories and bringing them into action. Her recent work has been presented at the American University Museum at the Katzen, Furthermore, and Provisions Library in Washington, DC, as well as Flux Factory and Proteus Gowanus in New York. Rigg received an MFA from Carnegie Mellon in 2005 and is a 2009 and 2014 recipient of the Washington DC Arts and Humanities Council artist grants. Based in DC, Rigg is a resident artist at Red Dirt Studios, a studio community located in Mt. Rainier, Maryland. You can learn more about Siobhan at

This collective is comprised of Thomas Stanley, a sound artist, musician, broadcaster, writer, and lecturer in sound art and critical theory at George Mason University; Malik Thomas (Discipline99), an independent hip hop producer and DC native and Mark Cooley, a professor of new media, eco-art at George Mason University.


Down to Earth takes place on the land of the Piscataway people of the Algonquin-speaking tribes, as well as the lands of the Native American people of the greater Anacostia, Potomac and Tidewater regions.

Down to Earth is generously supported by:
Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Prince Charitable Trust, Nora Roberts Foundation, Share Fund, and individual supporters