Stay Fly engages viewers around the concepts of haute couture and status symbols. Like Jamea Richmond-Edwards paintings, the exhibit draws attention to the historical and often complex relationship between Black consumers and luxury goods.
Join the National Symphony Orchestra and The In Series (resident company!) for an evening of FREE JAZZ at Source Theatre.
NSO musicians Glenn Donnellan (violin), Mahoko Eguchi (viola), and Loewi Lin (cello), and guest musician Jan Chong (violin) perform a concert featuring selections influenced by jazz in the Source’s black box theater.
CulturalDC and the Mt. Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District are excited to host the Community Kick-Off for the latest exhibit in the Mobile Art Gallery: Nara Park’s ‘Enduring Marks’!
We’re launching Jung Min Park’s Memory-Scape during Ward 7’s first Art All Night!
Verdi’s name* became the battle-cry of an entire revolution. Verdi and Shakespeare come together in this season-opener, a unique imagining of the Bard’s King Lear, alongside the composer’s towering Requiem. Heart-stopping melodies and breathtaking choruses reveal Verdi at the moment of his death, weighing fragments of his life, telling the story of the opera Lear which he never finished, and exploring the universal pains and joys of the aging process. Acclaimed conductor/composer/pianist Paul Leavitt and eight opera singers distill this music to its fiery spiritual core. Steven Scott Mazzola directs this world-premiere piece written by In Series Artistic Director Timothy Nelson. Sung in Latin & English with English dialogue. *Acronym for Vittorio Emanuele Re D’Italia
Join CulturalDC family and friends to celebrate the completion of the first ART TANK project - all are welcome!
In April 2017, CulturalDC hosted VISIONDC, Arts and Urban Innovation Summit, bringing together artists, real estate developers, policymakers, business leaders and the public to consider the creative trajectory of growth in the District.
VISIONDC facilitated Washington’s first ever ART TANK, an initiative inspired by ABC’s popular television show, “Shark Tank,” to showcase local artists’ groundbreaking arts project ideas for developers to bid on in real-time.
One of six companies, Ditto Residential successfully bid on a project by Hiroshi Jacobs. The unveiling marks the first completed installation of an ART TANK project, coinciding with CulturalDC’s 20th Anniversary.
After asking over 300 people to describe Washington in one word, Wike knit their answers in Morse code to give the words a tangible presence. The knitted responses create a web-like maze of thread visitors navigate upon entering the Mobile Art Gallery, forcing them to confront and physically acknowledge preconceived notions about the space and city they are currently inhabiting.
Use All Available Doors is a new play following a soon-to-be-decommissioned WMATA train car, a grieving operator re-evaluating her life’s path, and a revolving door of passengers as they travel the length of the Red Line, with vignettes performed between each stop. Vignettes include but are not limited to: a parade, a sing-a-long, and unsolicited foot washing (that one’s a true story).
The play aims to recreate the feeling of riding the Red Line, but that doesn’t mean Use All Available Doors is always realistic—true stories meet absurdity in this valentine to the DC Metro and its riders.
Block Watch is a participatory community art project meant to weave together imagery culled from archival photographs as well as the present physical landscape of Anacostia to create a playful, abstracted representation of the community, its history, and its future. The public is invited to embed their own words and images related to their personal experiences of the community into the work's three dimensional, collaged layers of drawings to create a tapestry of voices in vignettes throughout the bold, broad structural lines of the piece.”
Amanda Burnham has transformed the Mobile Art Gallery for Anacostia Community Museum! Composed of gestural acrylic paintings, “Block Watch" weaves together imagery culled from archival photographs as well as the present physical landscape of Anacostia to create a playful, abstracted representation of the community, its history, and its future. Visitors will be invited to embed their own words and images related to their personal experiences of the community into the work's three dimensional, collaged layers of drawings, creating a tapestry of voices in vignettes throughout the bold, broad structural lines of the piece.
By S.J. Ewing
Transit is an original dance-theater work that asks–as we move through time–what bridges our intangible interior lives with the physically constructed environments we have built.
The piece uses motion capture technology to inform the animation of the projections which cover the interior of the tunnel surface. The dancers evoke our interior worlds while the tunnel walls, and the narrow and linear nature of the space evokes, the external world and our journey through it.
Transit is supported by CityDance. TRANSIT will be created and presented through a Performance, Event and Festival Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and with the support of CityDance.
Join CulturalDC and District Bridges for the Ward 1 Mobile Art Gallery Kick-Off to celebrate Noa Heyne's exhibit: Posthumous Adaptations (an interactive whale-oid sculpture!)
Communty Performers include:
EL Haynes Dance Company, 1 Identity, Model City Steppers, MaryJo Mattea, Veronneau
Free to attend. Crafts and food!
Join local artist JD Deardourff for a fun workshop about the art of screen printing!
JD will be teaching about the basics, then demonstrating the process. Participants will get to help make their own screen print to take home.
JD’s work can be seen now through February 23rd in CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Mobile Art Gallery at Union Market.
Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, and you gotta hear your favorite Kern tunes. Come to our cabaret of his stage & screen hits: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, The Way You Look Tonight, Ol’ Man River, The Last Time I Saw Paris, They Didn’t Believe Me, many more!
In this time-traveling tragicomedy by acclaimed playwright Thorton Wilder (Our Town), follow the Antrobuses and their maid/seductress Sabina as they narrowly survive an Ice Age, and other catastrophes by - how else? - the skin of their teeth.
Seasonal Disorder features performances by all of WIT’s astounding company ensembles as well as a special production of Citizens’ Watch—a brooding murder mystery based on the TV series Broadchurch.
The line-up also includes a series of performances by Chicago duo GIRLish and a special New Year’s Eve spectacular!