Lyft Awards Community Grant to Day Eight

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 18, 2018) – Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S., today announced the April winner of its monthly Community Grant Program, Day Eight, a non-profit which empowers its participants through arts performances, classes, workshops, and publications. The grant will be used to provide transportation to seniors to and from poetry events.

“Transportation is often a significant barrier to participation, and with this award we can help residents of senior village communities travel safely to and from these poetry events,” said Robert Bettmann, project director for Day Eight. “Lyft’s support helps bring seniors together.”

Lyft has worked to reduce the transportation limitations which affect the ability of older adults to operate independently. It recently partnered with Erickson Living to expand transportation access to thousands of active senior residents, offering them an on-demand mobility option to go to destinations of their choice.

“Inclusion is core to Lyft’s values, and we continue to be committed to safe and reliable transportation for everyone in the community, including our seniors,” said Steve Taylor, General Manager for Lyft Mid-Atlantic. “Art should be accessible to everyone, so we’re proud to award Day Eight our Community Grant to support connecting seniors to life-enriching activities.”

Launched in January 2018, Lyft’s Community Grant Program supports the incredible work of DC area non-profit organizations focused on building stronger, healthier, more equitable communities. Any 501(c)3 organization that operates in the DC metro area is eligible to apply. Interested applicants can learn more about the opportunity and apply by visiting Lyft’s DC Community Grants website here.


About Lyft:

Lyft was founded in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. Lyft is the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S and is available to 94 percent of the US population. Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its safe and friendly experience, and its commitment to effecting positive change for the future of our cities.

About Day Eight:

Day Eight was founded in 2005 to empower individuals and communities to participate in the arts through the production, publication, and promotion of creative projects. Recent programming includes an open-to-all poetry competition (“the DC Poet Project”), an Arts Writing Fellowship, and the Jefferson Place Gallery Archive —, and funders have included the DC Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information visit

The “Heisman” for Arts Journalism

The Heisman Award Ceremony For Arts Journalism

For Immediate Release – March 22, 2011

February 22, 2011 – Journalists and the public are invited to celebrate the awarding of the inaugural winner of the DC Student Arts Journalism Challenge March 22nd, 2011 at Yola in Dupont Circle. Open to undergraduates in all DC area colleges and universities, Bourgeon’s DC Student Arts Journalism Competition was created to identify and encourage talented young arts journalists.

Washington Post visual arts critic Michael O’Sullivan states, “At a time when the future of arts journalism—indeed, the future of journalism itself—is at stake, Bourgeon’s Student Arts Journalism Challenge offers encouragement to the next generation of arts journalists, along with a reminder that the arts, and those who write about them, still matter.”  The Bourgeon editorial Board has selected the five finalists from over twenty entries, and a jury of professional critics including Post critics Michael O’Sullivan and Anne Midgette will select the winner. The first year of the contest, which closed on Feburary 15th, 2011, will culminate in the awards ceremony. All five finalists will be at the event, and the winner will be notified live during the presentation of the award.

The awards ceremony is being hosted by Yola, a fresh (not frozen) yogurt parfait and espresso bar located in the heart of Dupont Circle. Yola is run by father/daughter team David and Laura Smith. Laura, who is herself a Bourgeon contributor stated, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to host the awards ceremony at Yola. I had always envisioned Yola as a gathering place for the arts, and I can’t think of anything better to gather around than celebrating young talent in arts journalism…. In the modern publishing environment quality journalism and arts writing can often be obscured by flashy headlines, and there is no better time than now to celebrate young talent.”

Founded in 2005, Bourgeon’s mission, through an online publication and community initiatives, is twofold: to increase participation in the arts and to improve access to the arts. Bourgeon is a project of the non-profit Day Eight. To see more about Day Eight please visit Visit the Bourgeon magazine site at


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Eight Artists Contribute to Bourgeon Prints Project

– For Immediate Release –

December 10, 2010 – Non-profit Day Eight is excited to announce that eight award-winning artists are contributing to the inaugural Bourgeon Prints project to support the arts magazine Bourgeon. Artists Dave Peterson, Ellyn Weiss, Marie Ringwold, Helga Thomson, Roberta Gross, Nora Weiss, and Ruth Trevarrow have all contributed prints. The accomplished group of inaugural artists were selected by Project Curator and Artist Ellyn Weiss.  Additional details about the participants can be seen alongside the artwork on the Bourgeon prints site at

The inaugural Bourgeon Prints project is a way to support the work of local visual artists, and raise funds for the arts magazine Bourgeon. Donors of $100 to Day Eight may make their choice of an original piece of art by one of the participating artists. The artwork available through the Bourgeon Prints project has been donated in support of the magazine’s efforts to connect artists and audience.

Bourgeon’s mission, through an online publication and community initiatives, is twofold: to increase participation in the arts and to improve access to the arts. Bourgeon serves as a bridge-builder between contemporary artists and audiences. Although artists and audiences are diverse, often they are not equally represented in the mainstream press. 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. In addition to serving as a fund-raising tool, the Prints project is one of the ways that Bourgeon is again expanding to further fulfill its mission.

Founded in 2005 as a dance-focused publication, in 2009 the magazine expanded to cover all art forms. In 2010 the content program again expanded to include aggregated content from local arts blogs, and direct feed from participating Bourgeon blogs. The magazine recently began programming live, in-person, events, and to handle all of this expansion the organization is raising money to create a new online platform with the capacity to effectively host, display, and distribute content. Arts supporters are asked to visit the bourgeon prints website, make a donation of $100 dollars or more and take home a valuable print as well as the satisfaction of supporting a growing District-based non-profit organization.

Images here are Ellyn Weiss’s ‘Contintental Divide’ and Dave Peterson’s ‘Untitled (birds), 2008’, both prints available in the Bourgeon Prints project. For more information on the arts magazine Bourgeon and the Bourgeon prints project, contact


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