Is D.C. artsy? Vox lets you decide.
D.C. is @r+$y. Or at least, it has tried to be in the last ten years…and has been somewhat successful. (Vox places an emphasis on “somewhat.”)
As we Hoyas find ourselves bound to the shackles of the bubble lining the intersection of Wisconsin and M, we have grown blind to the efforts in the District to grow in the breadth of the arts. Here’s Vox’s take on what’s going on with art in the city:
The Washington Project for Arts will open up later this year and have a massive gallery space at 8th and V Streets. Maybe they’ll even have more cats that shoot lasers out of their eyes.
Also, the Monroe Streets Arts Walk has paired up with Cultural D.C. so that artists will be making lovely and sustainable creations where you can enjoy music, dance and lots of art studios.
A new tradition for D.C. over the past four years has been the annual (E)merge Art Fair where artists from around the world exhibit their artwork at a poolside party at the Capitol Skyline Hotel every October.
While there’s some really cool artsy things going on in D.C., there are also some great ideas that have about a 0 percent chance of happening, as well as traditions that are fading.
For example, wouldn’t it be cool to turn the former street car platforms and tunnels of Dupont Underground into a cultural center, similar to the N.Y.C. highline? The idea has been tossed around. Oh, wait. It would actually cost about $35-60 million dollars. Vox has her doubts.
And what about the National Mall? Don’t a lot of cool events for the arts happen in the heart of the Capital? Well Vox has just learned that some of the most prominent events like the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, that has had its home on the Mall for years, are being regulated and are no longer truly welcome. Many social leagues, frisbee playing, picnicking, and art festivals need to find a new home.
There are lots of really great things for the arts coming to the District as well as a lot of potential for some “out with the old, in with the new”. If there is one thing that Vox has learned, however, it is that there is way more art than she knew about beyond the bubble of the Georgetown neighborhood.
Photo: Charlie Frye via Flickr