Since its founding in 1916, the Arts Club of Washington has promoted and celebrated the visual, performing, and literary arts in the nation’s capital. Arts Club members come from a wide range of artistic disciplines and professional backgrounds, joined by their shared enjoyment and appreciation of the arts.LEARN MORE
The Arts Club of Washington has long held a distinctive profile among Washington’s clubs. Founded in 1916 by a group of prominent local artists and modeled on New York’s National Arts Club and the Chelsea Arts Club in London, the Arts Club was the very first in the city to have women in leadership roles and as members from its very start. Its arts-focused, innovative, and bohemian character provided a unique contrast to the city’s more traditional, all-male private clubs.LEARN MORE
The Arts Club is both a private membership organization and a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and public programming spotlighting the full range of the arts is a significant part of the club’s activities. The club welcomes visitors to four gallery spaces; free weekly concerts; events focusing on writing, dance, and theatre; and studio classes in visual arts. Much of the public programming is free.
The club draws much of its character and tradition from its home, the center of which is an historic Federal-era mansion that once served as the residence of James Monroe—and for a time, as his official presidential residence.
The club’s mission also includes promoting the importance of historic preservation through the ongoing restoration and preservation of the club’s headquarters, which encompasses significant 19th-century structures designated as a National Historic Landmark (the James Monroe House) and on the National Register of Historic Places (the General Robert MacFeely House).
The creative and generous spirit of those founders endures in the warm, welcoming, and lively organization that is today’s Arts Club of Washington. We welcome people who engage in the arts (both professionally and for the love of it), or simply enjoy and support the arts, to consider the many benefits of membership and to join us as the Arts Club continues to make Washington history.
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Arts Club of Washington
Their Final Say
Monday, June 21, 2021, at 6:30 pm via ZoomFREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Host: Dwane Starlin, Chairman of the Arts Club of Washington History CommitteeWhether uttered unintentionally or with the full expectation of death, a person's last words are those that people will often remember and quote as if they somehow represent the core of who that person was. This is especially true of historical figures for which final words both humanize them and add to their mythology. As we near Memorial Day, it's a good time for Arts Club member and Washington, DC "Edutainer" Dwane Starlin's entertaining virtual presentation of stories behind the last words of famous actors, writers, politicians, artists, and cultural figures delivered in character as the legendary journalist Walter Cronkite.
About Dwane Starlin:
Originally from Colorado, Dwane has lived in the DC area for over 35 years. He is an actor-performer who specializes in historical characterizations in addition to being a professional, licensed tour guide and is a member of the Guild of Professional Guides of Washington, D.C. He worked for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History portraying Joseph Henry, the first Secretary of the Smithsonian for two years. He portrays Clarence Darrow, Mark Twain, John Philip Sousa, Joseph Henry, Walter Cronkite, Robert Frost, Ebenezer Scrooge & Santa Claus throughout the Atlantic seaboard.This is a live-stream event requiring to have the Zoom application installed on your computer. Free download at https://zoom.us/support/download
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The Arts Club of Washington Cinematography Committee
Emmy Awarded Producer, Todd Clark
FILM & DISCUSSION SERIES:
"Finding Community in Post-Pandemic America"
Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at 6:00 pm
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
ACW Members & Guests Free - Non-Members $10
This week our speaker will be:
Speaker: Alex Padro,
Executive Director, Shaw Main Streets
Moonlight (Academy Award Winner) (2016)
SERIES: Curated and hosted by local EMMY Awarded Producer, Todd Clark, this timely series will provide its audiences with a weekly brief panel presentation and full film screening that will explore this idea of Community- and the importance people attach to being a part of a Community that is meaningful, comfortable and stable. With everyone coming out of Covid fears and political chaos, where are people turning to find a community, or communities, where they feel they are trusted and fully part of? Are there currently many new communities or just new versions of past communities? How and why have different communities thrived and others dissolved or become dysfunctional, or even dangerous?
SPEAKER: Alexander M. Padrois the executive director of Shaw Main Streets, Inc. in Washington, DC, the 2016 Great American Main Street Award-winner. Mr. Padro is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Shaw neighborhood’s commercial revitalization and historic preservation efforts. The organization has helped to attract over $3.5 billion in public and private investment to this commercial district, as well as over 400 new businesses. Mr. Padro helped found Shaw Main Streets and served as chair of the organization’s Board of Directors before being asked to assume the role of executive director. in 2004. Mr. Padro is a graduate of New York University and has been a corporate executive in the publishing industry, as well as a small business owner. A Shaw resident since 1997, he served 20 years as an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and chairman of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2C/6E in Shaw, is a board member for several non-profits, and advocates for preservation, affordable housing and the DC Public Library system.
FILM: Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. It stars Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali.
The film presents three stages in the life of the main character: his childhood, adolescence, and early adult life. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up. Filmed in Miami, Florida, beginning in 2015, Moonlight premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016. It was released in the United States on October 21, 2016 by A24, receiving universal acclaim and grossing over $65 million worldwide.
Moonlight has been cited as one of the best films of the 21st century. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Best Supporting Actor for Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay for Jenkins and McCraney from a total of eight nominations, at the 89th Academy Awards. It became the first LGBTQ film, the first film with an all-black cast and the second-lowest-grossing film domestically (behind The Hurt Locker) to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Joi McMillonbecame the first black woman to be nominated for an editing Oscar, and Ali became the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar.
This event includes a cocktail reception, a panel discussion and a movie screening.
The entire event will be outdoors in the patio area weather permitting.
This is the second season of this unique downtown outdoor Film & Discussion Series. The theme of the 2020 Series was, “Voting, Democracy and the Rule of Law”. This series made possible by the Arts Club of Washington
and the 2021 Film & Discussion Series Host Committee:
Co-Chair, Kim Dodd, and Supporters, Jerome Barry, and the Embassy Series
Complimentary parking after 6 pm at 2001 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
RSVP required, reserve online.
6:00 pm Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm Movie & Discussion
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Lunch, Dinner & Carry-Out
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Lunch seating - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Dinner seating - 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Carry-out pick up - 12:00 pm to 7:30 pm
OPEN TO MEMBERS & GUESTS
Lunch & Carry-Out $30 per person
Dinner $50 per person
Per the District of Columbia health emergency guidelines seating is limited and tables are set 6ft apart for safe social distancing. Disposable utensils are available on request. All equipment is sanitized before each use. Advance reservation required. Mask are required inside the club except while eating or drinking.
Enjoy a gourmet meal in the beautiful Arts Club dining rooms or outside on the patio (weather permitting) with a special three-course menu set by Chef, Patrick, offering a small seasonal a-la-carte selection.
For carry-out orders please call or email your order*.
Lunch price includes non-alcoholic beverages, coffee & tea.
Dinner price includes open bar and wine service, coffee & tea.
Dress Code: Casual
RSVP required no later than the previous day before by 5 pm
Same day cancellations and no-shows are charged a 50% cancellation fee.
call (202) 331-7282 ext 3 or email email@example.com
CARRY-OUT $30 - pay now: $ 0
DINNER $50 - pay now: $ 0
LUNCH $30 - pay now: $ 0