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.
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.LEARN MORE
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FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Friday Noon Concert Series
Gregory Miller, Producer
Audrey Andrist, piano
RSVP not required for the concert
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OPEN TO MEMBERS & GUESTS ONLY
$70 per person (member & guests)
PRESIDENTS' BLACK TIE DINNER
The highlight of the Arts Club's holidays festivities, this year traditional holiday black tie dinner honoring the present and past presidents of the Club is featuring a musical program by Brian Ganz.
A laureate of the Marguerite Long Jacques Thibaud and the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competitions, Mr. Ganz has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the National Philharmonic, the National Symphony and the City of London Sinfonia, and has performed with such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Mstislav Rostropovich and Piotr Gajewski.
Mr. Ganz will perform the music of Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849):
Polonaise in A major, Op. 40, No. 1
Join us for a special evening when the Club is at its most beautiful, decorated for the holidays, and enjoy a gala menu prepared by Executive Chef Ken Kievit.
Dress: Black Tie or Festive.
6:30 p.m. Cocktails
Cancellations fee 50% for same day reservations and no-shows.
|NEW YEAR'S EVE 40'S BEBOP DINNER|| 31|
OPEN TO MEMBERS & GUESTS ONLY
NEW YEAR'S EVE
Bebop. Blues. and Broadway
A Musical Celebration of the 1940s
Dining, Dancing, Costume Parade,
Champagne & Chocolate, Continental Breakfast
$250 per person ($180 tax deductible donation)
Black Tie, 40's attire or costume
Reservation required by December 20
Discounted $109 room rate at Hotel Lombardy for Arts Club members
Reservations required; call 202.828.2600