Since the Peoples Climate March, the Uptown Art House has evolved into a hub for grassroots activists and artists throughout the DC area. With rising rent costs and tight occupancy in the District, it is one of few creative spaces with open doors. Previous events have produced stunning works of visual art, with and without a cause; highlighted diverse musical traditions alive and well in DC, from funk to Andean folk to hip hop; and supported the local indigenous nation’s work for environmental justice.
A facility like the Uptown Art House—large, open, accessible, and woke—is a missing organ in our city’s creative body. Led by a group of local POC artists and activists, it’s our vision to house and build DC’s flourishing social justice movements and independent arts scene. We believe that by incubating relationships and sharing space, we support the powerful symbiosis that exists between creativity and activism. We’re building an intersectional movement in the nation’s capitol.
We are working to recruit a board of seasoned community leaders and artists who can keep the space accountable to the needs of local DC communities as they emerge, and help ground our programming in values of equity, justice and collective liberation. We dream the space will be home to mobilization efforts both large and small, educational and cultural programming (workshops, classes, and demonstrations), community events, and art creation/exhibition that will further engage and empower our communities to make lasting change outside these double doors.
Our communities are rallying in support of this space, and we feel it’s necessary to sustain the energy, turning this moment into a movement.