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Art Magic

Art Magic is a helpful resource for local artists who are looking to tap into DC's art sphere. The page includes links to local museums and galleries, groups and organizations, agents, workshops, and upcoming events.

Art on the Side

Art on the Side brings together all of the art courses offered in the area. Much of the site is irrelevant - the main resource is the Get Smart page. The rest of the site is beautiful, however, and worth exploring.


Art-O-Matic is the transformation of an empty space (most recently the former EPA headquarters on the waterfront) into hundreds of rooms of visual art, a film forum, stages for music, theatre, dance, poetry, and performance art. The event is dedicated to local art and is a product of a partnership between DC artists and the Cultural Development Corporation. The event is not juried, and so the quality of work ranges dramatically. The show does provide a good sense of what is going on with local DC visual arts, music, and film. Art-O-Matic lasts two months and is host not only to gallery exhibitions but also many performances and screenings each night.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

CHAW's Capitol Hill Art League mounts a series of eight juried exhibitions each year, conducts gallery talks, holds lectures, offers workshops, and strives to develop a sense of community, supportive of the artist. The multifaceted CHAW also shows old films, teaches fitness and dance classes, produces plays, and runs a chorale and youth chorus.

Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington

The Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington is a regional arts service organization working on behalf of artists, cultural arts organizations, and the community. The CAGW seeks to increase appreciation, support and resources for the arts, and to facilitate participation within the cultural arts community and among the arts, business, government, media and the general public. They host events, publish a news letter, and connect individuals and groups to local resources.

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Since 1968, the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) has developed and promoted local artists, organizations, and activities as part of its mission to enrich the quality of life of the people of Washington. In partnership with the community, DCCAH promotes excellence in the arts by initiating and supporting programs, activities, and policies that inspire, nurture, and reflect the multi-ethnic character and cultural diversity of the District. This is a great resource for local artists looking for funding.

Fernando C. Sandoval

A Washington DC native, Fernando has been shooting in and around the Washington area since the early 1970's. Currently, his focus is on documenting the local music scene through portraits of its musicians, shot on location using a portable studio at concerts ranging from downtown Washington, DC to the Chicago Blues Festival. His portrayals of local Blues Musicians are beautiful and evocative.

Free Agents: A History of Washington, DC Graffiti

Cool Disco Dan established himself as a household name in the 1980s and early 1990s as one of the country's most prolific graffiti artists. He is only one of many graffiti artists making their mark on the streets of DC. Free Agent documents the history of graffiti in the District. Filled with hundreds of images of local graffiti and interviews with artists, the book provides a comprehensive view of DC's version of this art form.

Jati Lindsay / Divine Cipher

Jati Lindsay has captured much of DC's spirit in this gallery. As part of Divine Cipher, a collective of musicians, poets, and artists, he focuses much of his imagery on music. He has also documented several classic U street moments, protests and festivals citywide, and portraits of locals.

Millennium Arts Center

The Millennium Arts Center (MAC) is an arts center that brings fine, visual and performing artists together under one roof. MAC offers venues for artists from all over the United States and the world. MAC houses artists working in all mediums and offers the public exhibits, entertainment and art education programs.

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