ABOUTThe District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC) serves the Washington, DC area by presenting high-caliber, challenging works, encouraging professionalism among artists, and by providing a forum for education and cultural exchange. DCAC was founded in 1989 as an alternative arts center for local artists in response to eroding support for local artists. Since then, our 800 square foot gallery and 42 seat black box theater have been a hub of creativity in the visual and performing arts; receiving local, national, and international attention for its programming. Artists of all types, including poets, painters, actors, storytellers, sculptors, and performance artists, have been drawn to DCAC from as close as around the corner and as far as other continents.
Our gallery promotes emerging and under-recognized artists by exhibiting their work and aims to inspire fresh approaches to artistic development by showing work that other galleries might shun. Gallery applications are reviewed on an on-going basis. Our theater encourages work at all levels, of all types, and is open to all forms of presentation. One night shows, readings, screenings, concerts, and long running plays are all welcome. Theater applications are accepted year-round. Our Sparkplug artists’ collective and Curatorial Initiative programs have individual application processes. All of our programs are open to all; DCAC does not discriminate based on gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
We invite and encourage participation at every level whether your interest is as an artist, a patron, an intern, a volunteer, a committee member, or member of the board of directors, DCAC has a place for you to be involved. The DC Arts Center is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, TLL Temple Foundation, Sam Gilliam, Jr., The Clark Construction Group LLC, The Kay Family Foundation, Inc., The Maxwell C. Weaver Foundation, Artery Capital Group, The Kogod Family Foundation, and the members of DC Arts Center.
Our gallery hours are: Wednesdays – Sundays, 2:00 – 7:00 pm, and later when there is a theater performance.
Theater performance door ticket sales are cash or credit card, based on availability.
Exhibitions are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
ARCHIVE: DCAC’s Letters from the DirectorIn 2009 we started using a new format for our printed calendar that we mail to our member six times per year. We had more printable space than we had before, and someone suggested that we use it for a letter from the Director. For the next four years DCAC’s Executive Artistic Director, B. Stanley, penned missives about activities, programs, current events, and general musings. Written in his own personal style, the letters cover topics as broad ranging as the death of an artist participating in Sparkplug, the economic crisis, funding updates and sin. These were his own opinions and thoughts, and reprinted here, are not intended to reflect the current situation of DCAC, but to give a snapshot of the atmosphere in which we were living. Some are humorous, some are heartfelt, some are deep, and many are debatable. We offer them as interesting or entertaining observations from someone who has a long history in the Washington, DC arts community and who has a penchant for obtuse alliteration. We ceased including “Letter from the Director” in 2013 because we had so much activity at DCAC that we needed the additional space in the calendar. Through these letters you can follow the growth of our organization from the beginning of 2009 to the end of 2012, and perhaps get a sense of the world at the time.
Click on the links below to read our Director’s letters:
– January : February (20th Anniversary)
– March : April (Artistic Growth)
– May : June (Pride in 20th Anniversary)
– July : August (Artist’s Commitment)
– September : October (Membership)
– November : December (Sanctuary)
– January : February (Your rights)
– March : April (Grassroots Organisations)
– May : June (Generosity)
– July : August (Opportunity)
– September : October (Hard Times)
– November : December (Better Living Through Art)
– January : February (Vision)
– March : April (Decathalon)
– May : June (New Funding)
– July : August (Availability)
– September : October (The DC Arts Scene)
– November : December (Encouragement)
Listen to our director explain all about the DC Arts Center:
DC Arts Center’s Media Partner:
BOARDCHAIR: Philip Barlow
PRESIDENT: Buck Downs
SECRETARY: Rebecca Montesi
John K. Hoskinson
ADVISORY BOARDJay Bothwell