Aspiring Artist? Get Your Brush Wet at the D.C. Arts Center in Adams Morgan

View Larger Map District of Columbia Arts Center
2438 18th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009

Everyone likes their arts, or I presume many of us do.

In D.C., you don’t get much artier or outré than Adams Morgan, with the area around 18th Street and Columbia stacked with colorful characters, bars, restaurants and shops. And though it’s not a huge extravaganza like some other area arts organizations, the neighborhood has its own paean to the arts in the District of Columbia Arts Center. Here, the neighborhood apartment renter doesn’t have to go far to get his or her helping of diverse arts offerings.

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With roots planted in 1989, the District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC) “has received local, national and international reviews for visual and performing arts. Over 100 visual arts exhibitions and 500 performance events have illustrated the need for DCAC.” The site says painters, poets, storytellers, actors, sculptors, and performance artists from both the neighborhood and around the world have graced the organization with their presence.

A small affair, the District of Columbia Arts Center venue contains a gallery and theater. This is a great place for someone who wants to get involved in the local arts scene or to meet other arty people. In a neighborhood full of characters, I bet this place pulls in some of the most colorful.

Upcoming shows include the improv of Topher & Joe’s – Open Late, which takes place September 7 at 10 p.m., and Barrelhouse Presents Stories on Stage, slated for September 12 at 7:30 p.m. Here, D.C.-based actors read selections from Barrelhouse magazine onstage. Go to the events page for the most up-to-date information.

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Here is a good set of directions. DCAC opens its doors Wednesday-Sunday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; they stay open later when there is a theater performance scheduled.

Those without mobility issues can take advantage of the Metro’s Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan stop on the Red Line, cross the Duke Ellington Memorial Bridge and walk on down 18th Street to your destination.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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