Curatorial Initiative: The Vanishing Half
December 3, 2021 – January 9, 2022

DCAC’s 2021 Curatorial Initiative Presents:

The Vanishing Half

Curated by Katie Lee
Mentor Curator: Jayme McLellan

Opening Reception: Friday, December 3rd, 7pm – 9pm
Closing Reception/Artist Talk: Sunday, January 9th, 5pm

Artists: Victoria Jang, Yon Mi Kim, Yuqi Wang, Jiawei Zhao

The Vanishing Half presents photographs and sculptures by four Asian-American artists, Victoria Jang, Yon Mi Kim, Yuqi Wang, and Jiawei Zhao, as they each explore the complexities and multitudes of identity. This group exhibition features four personal responses, one from each participating artist, as they reflect on facets of their identity that are influenced by lived experiences.

The artists included in this exhibition explore how external factors, such as societal structures and beliefs, interpersonal relationships, and corporate influence, can impact the shaping of identity. Throughout the exhibition are implied questions such as: How do we perceive ourselves, and how do others perceive us? Which elements of our external interactions become internalized? How do these perceptions and interactions, in turn, shape our sense of self? The works presented attempt to address these questions, while also highlighting the aspects of our selves that become muted and shelved and exploring notions of societal intersubjective relations and internal reflection.

There is a nexus between ethnic identity, class identity, geographic identity, and national identity that connects this very personal experience of forming and reflecting one’s identity, into a larger, shared experience. In presenting the inner workings of four artists’ lived experiences and highlighting the specific facets of their identities that are impacted, the works included in The Vanishing Half challenge viewers to relate and empathize with the singular experiences of each artist, and allow the receding parts of each artists’ identities to come to the forefront in a defiant reclamation of space.

Jiawei Zhao, “Looks Like a Balanced Space”, 2020

 

 

Revisitation: Reflecting on 15 years of DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative
October, 29 2021 – November 28, 2021

Revisitation: Reflecting on 15 Years of DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative

October 29, 2021 – November 28, 2021

Artists: Jason Tucker, Justin Strom, Jessica Beels, Thomas Drymon, Jerry Truong, Kathryn McDonnell, Suzanne Izzo, Adrienne Gaither, Sondra Arkin, Lisa Hill, Michael Matason

Opening Reception: Friday, October 29th, 7-9pm

Book Release and Talk: Thursday, November 18th, 6:30-8:30pm

DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative program has given aspiring curators the opportunity to work with and be mentored by established and experienced curators since 2006. The resulting exhibitions have brought over 200 artists to our gallery, and in celebration of those shows we have assembled a small sampling of their work.

Join us on November 18 for a reception to celebrate the arrival of a two volume collection of all the catalogs from Curatorial Initiative exhibitions from 2006 to 2016. Several of the artists will be on hand to discuss their work and there will be a brief discussion about the program and its resonance in our community.

 

Nano Gallery: Aïllament (Isolation) ,
by Elizabeth Ashe ,
September 9, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Aïllment (Isolation)

Elizabeth Ashe

On view: September 9, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Reception & Artist Talk: October 9th @ 7pm

“The pandemic gave my mother and I time to talk about our traumas. I felt claustrophobic and isolated – a combination previously real, while hiking Montserrat. I began painting the mountain in acrylic on panel and left the sky empty. Mountains take on bruises, to examine domestic violence, bared strength, isolation.” – Elizabeth Ashe

Navigating Through ,
September 10 – October 17, 2021

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Navigating Through

September 10 – October 17, 2021

Featuring Works by
Kibibi Ajanku, Erin Barach, Mehves Lelic & Mojdeh Rezaeipour

Mentor Curator: Jayme McLellan
Mentee Curator: Katie Lee

Beginning the process at the start of the pandemic, this exhibition honors unique identities and the
vision of the individual made stronger by the energies of the group.
Through sculpture, video, installation, photography, drawing and more, these four
community-driven artists demonstrate that creative output is essential to navigating and enduring change.

1460 Wallmountables
July 9th – August 22nd 2021

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1460 Wallmountables

Our Annual Summer Open Exhibition & Fundraiser

On View: July 9th – August 22nd 2021
Installation Dates (Wedneday-Sunday from 3-8pm by appointment only)
*See below for Registration Dates
In Person Reception: Friday July 9th, 2021 7-9pm
*In the event of stricter guideline enforcement a virtual reception will be hosted in its place.

Join us for the 32nd Annual 1460 Wallmountables show!

Every summer we open our walls to artists of all ages, backgrounds, experience levels and disciplines to participate in this unique group exhibition. This tradition holds true to our commitment of showcasing a diverse cross section of the DC area’s thriving community of artists & art lovers.

Our gallery walls are divided into two foot by two foot squares, in which  everyone and anyone can hang their on artwork on first-come basis. At 1460 Wallmountables, we present over three hundred artworks by at least one hundred artists on practically every inch of our gallery.

  • Renewing & Existing Members | Opens June 16th
  • New Members & Non Members | Opens June 23rd

 

Register Here!

For More Info Read Full FAQ Sheet Here!

Concrete Dreams
by Monica Jahan Bose with Robin Bell & Maps Glover
May 20th – May 23rd

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Concrete Dreams

by Monica Jahan Bose

with Robin Bell and Maps Glover

On View: May 20 – 23, 2021 (front exterior of DC Arts Center)
Outdoor Projections: May 20 – 22nd, 2021 Sundown – 10pm
Poetry Slam: May 22nd, 2021 at 7pm

Bangladeshi-American artist and climate activist Monica Jahan Bose has led the CONCRETE
DREAMS project over the last eight months and will present the culminating
installation outside the DC Arts Center from May 20-23, 2021. CONCRETE DREAMS is a
temporary public art project featuring an installation and livestream of communitysourced
poetry on saris, mini movable sculptures, and projections.

In CONCRETE DREAMS, Bose has collaborated with artist and filmmaker Robin Bell, artist Maps
Glover, and residents of DC and Katakhali Village, Bangladesh, Bose’s ancestral village.
Diverse community members in DC and Bangladesh connected during the pandemic
through safe online and outdoor art and poetry workshops on the theme of the
pandemic and the intersection of climate, racial, gender, and economic injustice.
“Concrete poetry” refers to poetry that is drawn or arranged as a design on the page.
CONCRETE DREAMS uses concrete poetry and printmaking to highlight the dreams and
aspirations of residents of DC and Katakhali towards a sustainable and just future. The
poetry is inscribed on saris, on the building through a light installation, and on small
plaster sculptures in the form of “steles.” The project enhances and merges with the
street energy, night life, and restaurants in Adams Morgan, DC, including the Streatery
program moving restaurants into the street.

In honor of AAPI Heritage month, CONCRETE DREAMS links communities in solidarity
from DC to Asia. CONCRETE DREAMS is funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and
Humanities’ Public Art Building Communities Grant Program. It is part of the ongoing
STORYTELLING WITH SARIS climate justice art project.

Learn more about the project Here

RSVP for full event schedule Here

 

Mourning by Maggie Golightly Haslam ,
March 20 – May 30, 2021

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Mourning

by Maggie Golightly Haslam

On View: March 20 – May 30, 2021 (click here to schedule a viewing!)

Virtual Artist Talk: April 22nd @ 6pm – Did you not make it to the Artist Talk? Don’t worry we recorded it so that you would not miss out!! Click here to view.

 

2020 was a year filled with more than words can express. We suffered individually, in our families, as communities and worldwide. We were isolated and confined, broken and infected, judged and criticized. Despite 2020 being a horrific year, human loss is unfortunately not confined to that year alone. Tragically, humans are very familiar with the act of mourning.

Partnering with the DC Arts Center and community members, artist Maggie Golightly Haslam presents a memorial to grief. The artist collected responses to the question “who do you mourn?”. Each response was hand-stamped onto monolith-like plaques made from recycled paper and plastics collected throughout the year 2020. The resulting body of work is a monument to loss and a memory of those we cherish, built with hope and unity.

 

Nano Gallery: Ace ,
small works by Pat Goslee ,
March 20th – August 29, 2021

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Ace

small works by Pat Goslee

On view: March 20 – August 29, 2021 (click here to schedule a viewing!)

Virtual artist talk: May 27th @ 6pm

Ace is a small thing; the dictionary uses “pip” to define it. An Ace in a card game is the smallest, yet most powerful card. In card games, some use a sleight of hand to slip something in without others seeing. In card games, some use a sleight of hand to slip something in without others seeing. These paintings are amalgamations of pips and patterns, examples of environmental interaction both internal and external — micro and macro— that operate as an avenue to the Ace of Hearts.

***From The Archives***
Fetish, curated by Linda Hesh
May 2-25, 1997

DCAC Presents:  From The Archives

Fetish: Elegant Objects of Seductive Obsession

May 2-25, 1997

Curated by Linda Hesh

Everyday we see the uniform of black suits and white shirts in downtown DC But one wonders what goes on at night for this same city to (be) able to support so many shops of another type of black clothing. Latex, leather, and vinyl make up a different type of power suit.  Fetish consists of 9 artists from the DC-Baltimore area whose work delves into areas of seductive obsession.  They work in sensual materials not always associated with art: leather, feathers, metal chains, rubber, and gemstones.  Their inspiration comes from the dark side of desire. The work is menacing, enticing, elegant, dangerous, haunting and beautiful. The attention to detail and careful craftsmanship demonstrates how serious each artist is about their private compulsions. The exhibit is accompanied by live performances in the theater each Sunday in May at 3pm.

 

**SEE ITEMS BELOW**

Sparkplug: STATES OF BEING,
November 14, 2020 – January 10, 2021
***Extended to February 7th***

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STATES OF BEING

November 14, 2020 – February 7th, 2021 ***Due to us closing our doors for a few weeks during the holidays, we will be extending the show until February 7th***

Digital Reception: December 10, 2020 on Zoom
Time: 6pm-8pm

Curated by Fabiola R. Delgado

Sparkplug Collective Artists: Tom Greaves, Sarah J. Hull, Shana Kohnstamm, Alanna Reeves, Azadeh Sahraeian, Elizabeth Sampson, Alexandra Silverthorne, Sarah Stefana Smith, Madeline A. Stratton, Steve Wanna

 

States of Being presents multidisciplinary artworks, including painting, sculpture, print, photography and site-specific installation, that reinterpret sociological concepts and discuss the nature of unpredictability, our response to ambiguity, and the profound impact of an under-defined and fluid state of life.

Sparkplug is DCAC’s artists collective. Launched in 2007, Sparkplug is a two-year program that offers members a place to meet, helps to organize studio visits, provides opportunities to hone presentation skills, and make connections with arts professionals such as curators, collectors, and established artists. In addition, DCAC organizes two curated Sparkplug exhibitions: one each year.

Fabiola (or just Fa) is a Venezuelan Human Rights Lawyer turned Arts and Culture Strategist. A social justice activist since childhood, she became the youngest Amnesty International Regional Manager, installing the first chapter of the organization in her state of Carabobo at age 19.

Her political activism in Venezuela proved too dangerous, which forced her to seek Political Asylum in the United States, where she dedicates herself to finding justice through artistic and cultural expressions.

Click below to watch the complete online artist talk:

 

 

 

Nano Gallery: A Native Son,
small works by Gary Honig
October 10 – December 10, 2020

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A Native Son
work by Gary Honig

October 10 – December 10, 2020
virtual reception with the artist: TBD

 

“A Native Son” is a collection of new works highlighting Honig’s delicate sensibilities as a painter.

These active paintings use a deconstructed method, blurring and breaking down imagery on multiple levels. Honig is process-driven and invested in the act of painting. From right to left, the role of the artist steps far back, influenced by the expanding microcosm of activity and color. They then move to cut and shifted works, gaining a new control again of the image at arm’s length. Ultimately, torn and reassembled paintings focus on organic yet geometric color segments, as if the artist were very close and involved.

These small works are deeply emotive and personal. Like society at large, our understanding of events and concepts begins on a global level. As an individual considers events, connections shift and the focus changes to become something to work on. The picture has even, balanced parts. And then, as personal connections begin from small pieces, they are not always weighted the same. These collaged pieces of different sizes become something we work and add to, to create a new whole.

The paintings progress and grab inspiration from Richard Wright’s novel, “Native Son.” He claimed the title as a double comment on what it means to be fully from a place. By using lines from the novel for his titles, Honig found similarities between legal justice of the 1940’s and many points made today with Black Lives Matter.

Honig is a DC native, and his work is deeply inspired by music and the connections between people.

 

“Vast White Looming Walls” (detail), 2020, acrylic on paper, 8″ x 6″

 

1460 Wallmountables,
August 8th – October 18th, 2020

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1460 Wallmountables 2020

August 8 – October 18, 2020

Virtual Reception: Thursday, September 3, 7pm
prize winners announced,

Join our director B. Stanley for an online reception, a virtual tour of the gallery and the announcement of three $100 prizes.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 915 3474 9808
Passcode: 2020

Or Click Here

Appointment to visit gallery: Click here

 

We’re back and we could not think of a better show to end the summer with than our annual all inclusive group show.

This DCAC tradition reflects our core commitment to supporting and showing under-represented artists. At 1460 Wallmountables, we present over three hundred artworks on practically every inch of our gallery. We divide the gallery walls into two foot by two foot squares, in which everyone and anyone can hang their artwork on a first-come basis. There will be work by children, students, self-taught artists, emerging, mid, and late career artists alike.

Since 1989, thousands of artists have participated in this show, including Richard Seigman, JoAnne Kent, Michael Booker, Chris Combs, Pat Goslee, Megan Maher, Karen Joan Topping, and Charlie Visconage to name just a few. The inclusive nature of 1460 Wallmountables makes it one of the most diverse exhibitions in Washington and it stays up all summer long, so participating artists can enjoy a substantial amount of exposure.

Artists can purchase up to five 2′ x 2′ spaces to hang their artwork. Spaces sell on a first-come, first-served basis for $15 per square. Current DCAC members receive one free space and brand new members receive 3 spaces for their membership fee of $30.

Installation and gallery visits by appointment only. Artists are responsible for hanging their own work. Don’t forget to bring hanging materials! Work is accepted from a wide range of media created by artists at various stages in their careers. There is no curating; if it fits, it shows.

This year gallery attendees will vote for artists who made the most innovative use of the limited space. There will be 3 winners who will each receive a $100 “Best Use of Space” prize which is presented during the online reception.

 

 

 

 

 

 

***From The Archives***
BADC Presents: Emancipation: Meditations on Freedom
November 22, 2013 – January 5, 2014

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***From The Archives***

Black Artists of DC Presents:
Emancipation: Meditations on Freedom

Curated by Esther Iverem

November 22, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Opening Reception: November 22, 7-9 PM
Closing Reception: January 5, 2014, 2‐ 5pm

Daniel T. Brookings, Suzanne Broughel, Hebron Chism, Jenai Asemoa Davis, Carolyn Goodridge, Esther Iverem, Hubert Jackson, Jacqueline Lee, Elizabeth Sturges Llerena, Magruder Murray, Kisasi Ramsess, Gail Shaw-Clemons, Russell Simmons, Sidney Thomas, Eugene Vango, Curtis Woody.

Exhibition Jurors: Akili Ron Anderson, artist and educator and Alec Simpson, artist.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in the United States. Though the proclamation—which freed millions of African descendants from bondage—is the starting point, this show will also explore various aspects of emancipation, from the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, to the social, economic and political realms as well. What does emancipation or freedom mean in the year 2013 compared to the year 1863,or throughout the millennia of human history? What is the meaning of freedom for different populations on the globe, or how has emancipation impacted relationships between different populations? How has technology altered our ideas about freedom? What does it mean to be free?

 

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Dark Days: A Night of Dramatic Improv
February 28th & 29th, March 6th & 7th

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Dark Days: A Night Of Dramatic Improv

February 28th & 29th at 7:30pm

March 6th &7th at 10 pm

Door: $15 General / $12 DCAC Members

Purchase Tickets Here

One ticket, two dramatic improv shows directed by Joe Randazzo, creator of the Capital Fringe Festival hit The Heist.

 

The Cabin Affair
Six friends. Twelve months. So many secrets.

Cast:
Geoff Corey
Michael Hendrix
Justine Hipsky
Jasmine Jiang
Jonathan Murphy
Katie Rush
Isabelle Solomon
Assistant Directors: Lauren Woody

Veritas
A murder interrogation. But can you believe what you hear?

Cast:
Clarissa Zies
Jane White
Alex Kazanas
Darnell Eaton
Nina Hsu
Joe Randazzo
Assistant Director: Andy Weld

Run time is approximately 1.5 hours with a brief intermission.

Please be advised that this show contains dramatized violence with adult content, situations, and language.

 

LAZY/PROV
Saturday, March 7th

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Saturday, March 7th at 7:30pm

Tickets are sold at the door: $8 General / $6 DCAC Members

LAZY/PROV is an improvisational comedy group featuring DC local Kabeer Parwani, and NYC favorite Sam Fox-Hartin.  LAZY/PROV believes improv rules are meant to be broken – not in like an aggressive, rebellious way, but like the way where you try to work the remote with your foot because you’re too comfortable to get up.  We’ll be joined by some other DC-based comedians to bring you a side-splitting, rib-tickling, noun-adjectiving, comedy show – completely improvised on the spot!  .

How To Elope In The Most Expensive Way Possible
March 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th (POSTPONED)

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How To Elope In The Most Expensive Way Possible

On the day of their big wedding in front of all their loved ones, Katie and Chris suddenly realize: They hate all of their loved ones. At the last second, they bail out of the church and begin an elopement road trip to Atlantic City with the only friends they have left: a not-so-lovable nerd and a fabulously queer agent of chaos. Starring Kate McGowan, Keegan Patterson, Marty Bernier and Brock Switzer, How To Elope In The Most Expensive Way Possible is the proudly weird cousin of Netflix rom-coms

Saturday, March 6th at 7:30pm

Sunday, March 7th at 3pm

Saturday, March 13th at 7:30pm  POSTPONED

Saturday, March 14th at 3pm & 7:30pm   POSTPONED

Tickets: $15 General / $12 DCAC Members         Purchase Tickets Here

***IN ACCORDANCE WITH CDC PROTOCOL CONCERNING  THE COVID-19 VIRUS, ALL PERFORMANCES THIS WEEKEND HAVE BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  PLEASE CHECK BACK AT DCARTSCENTER.ORG FOR FUTURE INFORMATION***

In Your Ear
March 15, 2020 (POSTPONED)

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In Your Ear Reading Series

Sunday, March 15th at 3pm  POSTPONED

Poets: Jenn DePalma, Olatunde Osinaike
Fiction: Aleyna Rentz

$5 at the door // free to DCAC members // hangout at Songbyrd after the reading

***IN ACCORDANCE WITH CDC PROTOCOL CONCERNING  THE COVID-19 VIRUS, ALL PERFORMANCES THIS WEEKEND HAVE BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  PLEASE CHECK BACK AT DCARTSCENTER.ORG FOR FUTURE INFORMATION***

Cogent Theater Collective Presents:
Closer
March 20th – March 29th

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Cogent Theater Collective Presents: Closer  written by Patrick Marber

Directed by David Dieudonne
Produced by Diego Maramba

March 20th – March 29th  POSTPONED

Tickets: $25 General / $20 DCAC Members

Purchase Tickets Here

 

Four lives intertwine over the course of four and a half years in this densely plotted, stinging look at modern love and betrayal. Love and sex are like politics: it’s not what you say that matters, still less what you mean, but what you do.

 

***IN ACCORDANCE WITH CDC PROTOCOL CONCERNING  THE COVID-19 VIRUS, ALL PERFORMANCES THIS WEEKEND HAVE BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  PLEASE CHECK BACK AT DCARTSCENTER.ORG FOR FUTURE INFORMATION***

Wonderbolt!
Friday, April 3rd

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Fri, April 3, 2020

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. POSTPONED

Wonderbolt! is a fast-paced, interactive comedy show. Starring some of DC’s best improvisers and helmed by UCB and Boom Chicago veteran Josh Rachford, Wonderbolt! will zap you with delight.

Door: $20 General / $16 DCAC Members

Purchase Tickets Here

***IN ACCORDANCE WITH CDC PROTOCOL CONCERNING  THE COVID-19 VIRUS, ALL PERFORMANCES THIS WEEKEND HAVE BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  PLEASE CHECK BACK AT DCARTSCENTER.ORG FOR FUTURE INFORMATION***

 

LGBTQ AF

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LGBTQ AF  

Saturday, April 4th at 7:30pm.  POSTPONED

Door: $13 General / $10.50 DCAC Members

Purchase Tickets Here

Hosted and produced by Ryan McClure, LGBTQ AF is a live comedy show featuring the best stand-up, storytelling, sketch, and improv performers in the DMV who are LGBTQ. It is the only live comedy show in the District with an all LGBTQ line-up. LGBTQ AF has been featured on WETA, a PBS member television station, as a part of Pride Month 2019 programming.

The line-up for the April LGBTQ AF show features:

Barbara Cook (stand-up comedy)
Carlic Huynh (stand-up comedy)
Mariah Barber (stand-up comedy)
Oona MacDougall (musical comedy)
Beverly “Miss Chocolate” White (stand-up comedy)
The Bechdelprov Project (improv comedy)

LGBTQ AF believes that its performers’ experience, creativity, and labor is worth compensation. Accordingly, LGBTQ AF shares the profit from each show with its performers. It is one of the few live comedy shows in the District that pays each performer. Therefore, each ticket sale directly benefits queer comedy and queer artists.

The Performers

Beverly “Miss Chocolate” White

Beverly “Miss Chocolate” White has been a comedian all her life. Making people laugh at themselves makes her laugh her head off. She has wanted to be a comedian for as long as she can remember, but didnt want to go against her parents wishes and “make a fool of yourself.” When she got older and they were no longer here to tell her what to do, she said, “what the heck, I’m going to make people laugh before they start laughing at me.” She knew this is what God wanted her to do – to make His people laugh.

Since then she has performed up and down the east coast; from DC to New York, from Baltimore to Philly, and from Atlanta to Memphis. She has been invited to speak at numerous motivational conferences concerning self-esteem in young people and her greatest passions – speaking on Women’s Heart Health, LBGTQ Advocacy, and Domestic Violence Awareness. With her comedy shows, she has raised money for various causes such as HIV/AIDS, Domestic Violence and the Angel Tree Project- a non-profit organization for children whose parents are incarcerated. Her philosophy on life is: “it’s just comedy – life is hard enough.”

Oona MacDougall

Oona MacDougall is a comedian and artist that combines her musical inclinations with narrative to over-analyze herself, and the world around her, but in a fun, self-effacing way! Instagram: @bigfootbjorge

Mariah Barber

Mariah Barber is a queer, disabled black poet hailing from the South. She is a public health professional, podcaster, blogger, teaching artist, and founder of Beyond Your Definition, LLC, a cultural competency consulting firm focused on training about unheard voices through spoken word poetry. She has performed across the country and was the inaugural college unions poetry haiku slam champion. Mariah has a passion for activism and working with youth – catch her hosting at Busboys and Poet’s college night. Instagram: @beyondyourdefinition

The Bechdelprov Project

The Bechdelprov Project is an improv team of queer women who believe “the future is female.”

***IN ACCORDANCE WITH CDC PROTOCOL CONCERNING  THE COVID-19 VIRUS, ALL PERFORMANCES THIS WEEKEND HAVE BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  PLEASE CHECK BACK AT DCARTSCENTER.ORG FOR FUTURE INFORMATION***