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Membership in the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance

Since the founding of the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance, artists wishing to join our organization have been required to reside in the local area. Thanks to the internet, more people than ever are aware of HCAA and have expressed interest in joining. Often these individuals are not local. Some even reside in foreign countries. They cannot take advantage of all of the benefits available to our local members, nor can they pitch in to assist with the myriad tasks necessary to keep our organization running. Therefore, we are now offering two types of membership.

Our current members will now be defined as Resident Members. We will remain true to the main goal of HCAA being a Community Alliance, needing participants in events to be visible to sponsors and to be present at venues to meet the public and other artists, and to teach and mentor--things that are difficult to do at a distance.

Thanks to our online registration process we are able to offer a new membership category which we call Non-Resident Membership. Individuals who fit into this category will be permitted to have online profiles posted on our website. They will not be permitted to participate as exhibitors or vendors in any HCAA hosted events, nor will they be expected to share in helping run HCAA.

Non-Resident Membership is available only to those for whom the shortest driving distance, as measured by Google Maps, between their home address and City of Hyattsville Town Hall, 4310 Gallatin St., Hyattsville, MD 20781 is greater than 50 miles. To determine your eligibility for Resident or Non-Resident Membership, click on the link to the address of the Town Hall above to open Google Maps with that address automatically filled in. On the left of that page, click on Directions, then enter your home address in the upper location blank on the left. Click on the magnifying glass next to your address. Driving directions will appear below that section. Choose the shortest route, if more than one is offered, and check the total distance. If it is less than 50 miles, you are eligible only for Resident Membership ($40 per year); if it is more than 50 miles, you are eligible only for Non-Resident Membership ($20 per year). The type of membership for which one is eligible is not optional.

Both Resident and Non-Resident Members will be encouraged to create an online Artist Profile, which will include biographical information, artistic interests, location, original poetry (if applicable), and up to 50 online images of original art. All postings are required to be in the English Language. Furthermore, HCAA reserves the right to remove any text or images considered in the sole judgment of our Board of Directors to be inappropriate due to obscenity, political themes, or profanity.

Why Join?

  • For $40 per person per year you can become a Resident member, for $20 per person per year you can become a Non-Resident Member, of the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance, a non-profit organization established for all local artists and art supporters to help promote affordable art by artists that might not otherwise have an appropriate outlet to become known
  • Resident Members can participate in monthly meetings and volunteer to serve on standing committees
  • Resident Members also have exhibition opportunities, receive information about other exhibits throughout the local region and elsewhere, network with other artists, and share resources of interest.
  • Both Resident and Non-Resident Members can promote their art through our website with an Artist profile that can contain up to 50 images of original art, along with biographical information, artistic interests, and original poetry.
  • Resident Members must live in the Greater Washington, DC, area where they can join other artists who exhibit locally.

How to Join

You may now register for membership online by clicking on this link. Just fill in at least the required items on the form (those marked with a red star) -- name, email address, password, artistic interests, location where you create your art, address, and type of membership (Resident or Non-Resident). After registering online, a prospective member can expect an email with a link that must be clicked on to verify the email address. After the address has been confirmed, our Administrative staff will be notified to continue the application process. When the new member is approved, he/she will receive another email with payment and login instructions. If payment is not received within ten (10) days, the membership will be terminated. The additional details on the Artist Profile can be filled in during registration or after  membership has been approved. Instructions for logging in will be sent via email after the new membership has been approved and the online Profile has been enabled.

Note: You must be 18 years of age or older to become a member, and you must reside within 50 miles of the Hyattsville Town Hall to be a Resident Member. If you live outside of that distance, you will be eligible only for Non-Resident membership. The type of membership is not optional and is based solely on where you live.

Your initial membership dues entitles you to all member benefits for the type of membership for which you qualify for the entire calendar year, January 1 through December 31 regardless of when payment is received (membership dues are not prorated). Renewal payments for subsequent years are due annually prior to March 1st.  Your renewal payment can be made online by clicking here or by sending a check made payable to HCAA and mailing it to HCAA, P.O. Box 37, Hyattsville, MD 20781. You may edit your online profile to make changes, such as your contact information. Dues for membership renewal are equal in amount to the current application fee.