The 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.

Listen to our director explain all about the DC Arts Center:

DC Arts Center’s Media Partner:


Executive/Artistic Director:
B. Stanley

Development Associate:

Torey Doverspike

General Manager:

Armando Lopez

Office Manager:

Leah Lewis

Gallery Managers:

Michael Matason

Liz Ashe

Program Managers:
Carolyn Law

Jerry Truong

Box Office Managers:
Jaron Bowman
Aquita Brown

Howard Verp

Web Designer:
Alexandra Silverthorne


Curatorial Initiative


CHAIR: Philip Barlow
SECRETARY: Rebecca Montesi
Kristen Barden
Lisa Gilotty
John K. Hoskinson
Joette James
Tana Bosshard
Kathryn McDonnell
Natasha McGlynn


Jay Bothwell
Bruce Kogod
Spence Spencer