The mission of our publication program is twofold: to increase participation in the arts and to improve access to the arts. The mission is performed through publication of a magazine, capacity building for artists writing about their work, and community initiatives including arts events and an arts journalism competition.

Our publication program (including the magazine Bourgeon) is a bridge-builder between contemporary artists and audiences. Although artists and audiences are diverse, often they are not equally represented in the mainstream press. We believe that greater involvement in the arts can strengthen individuals and communities. Bourgeon projects the voices of artists, helping them document their work, and leading audience toward personal and social understanding of arts issues and art-forms.

The word Bourgeon is French for ‘bud’, as, ‘a bud on the limb of a tree’. Writing about art is not the flower itself; it is the bud.

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Cover of the Bourgeon book

The Bourgeon Book

In 2012, Day Eight began production of an anthology book, compiling exceptional articles from the magazine’s archive.

“The book is full of revelations about works of art, about how artists work, and about the cultural richness of Washington, DC. Kudos to Robert Bettmann for giving us the fifty-first work of art, this well conceived and edited book.” – Jonathan Katz, Executive Director, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Jonathan Katz, Executive Director, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies:

“The book is full of revelations about works of art, about how artists work, and about the cultural richness of Washington, DC. Kudos to Robert Bettmann for giving us the fifty-first work of art, this well conceived and edited book.”

– See more at: http://bourgeononline.com/bourgeon-book/#sthash.AZPidaWF.dpuf

To read more about the book project, click here.

The Magazine Bourgeon

The magazine Bourgeon was founded in 2005. Following production of 7 printed issues between 2005 and 2009, the magazine moved online. Day Eight is grateful for the in-kind and financial support of numerous individuals, and the Humanities Council of Greater Washington.

Click here to visit the online magazine website.

Student Arts Journalism

Within its mission to support the best accomplishments in the arts, Day Eight supports an annual student arts journalism competition.  The DC Student Arts Journalism Challenge is a competition for undergraduates in District area colleges and universities designed to identify and support talented young arts journalists. To learn more about the competition, judges, and read past winning entries, click here.

Day Eight offers internships to accomplished local college students with an interest in publishing, one per semester.

The DC Student Arts Journalism Challenge is a competition for undergraduates in District area colleges and universities. Arts journalism provides a critical link between artists and audiences. Without quality review of artistic work, new artists may never find their audience, and audiences may never find meaningful arts experiences. Quality arts journalism supports the best achievements in the arts, and the DC Student Arts Journalism Challenge was created to identify and support talented young arts journalists. – See more at: http://bourgeononline.com/student-arts-journalism-challenge/#sthash.9j0jeRli.dpuf
The DC Student Arts Journalism Challenge is a competition for undergraduates in District area colleges and universities. Arts journalism provides a critical link between artists and audiences. Without quality review of artistic work, new artists may never find their audience, and audiences may never find meaningful arts experiences. Quality arts journalism supports the best achievements in the arts, and the DC Student Arts Journalism Challenge was created to identify and support talented young arts journalists. – See more at: http://bourgeononline.com/student-arts-journalism-challenge/#sthash.9j0jeRli.dpuf
The DC Student Arts Journalism Challenge is a competition for undergraduates in District area colleges and universities. Arts journalism provides a critical link between artists and audiences. Without quality review of artistic work, new artists may never find their audience, and audiences may never find meaningful arts experiences. Quality arts journalism supports the best achievements in the arts, and the DC Student Arts Journalism Challenge was created to identify and support talented young arts journalists. – See more at: http://bourgeononline.com/student-arts-journalism-challenge/#sthash.9j0jeRli.dpuf
The DC Student Arts Journalism Challenge is a competition for undergraduates in District area colleges and universities. Arts journalism provides a critical link between artists and audiences. Without quality review of artistic work, new artists may never find their audience, and audiences may never find meaningful arts experiences. Quality arts journalism supports the best achievements in the arts, and the DC Student Arts Journalism Challenge was created to identify and support talented young arts journalists. – See more at: http://bourgeononline.com/student-arts-journalism-challenge/#sthash.9j0jeRli.dpuf

Past Bourgeon editors, volunteers, and interns include: Brian Buck, Diana Dinerman, Naima Prevots, Ken Manheimer, Ellyn Weiss, Jessica Wilde, Gregory Luce, Blair Murphy, Amy Taylor, Melissa Brooks, Kathyrn Boland, Juliana de Souza.