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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THE THURSDAY BACKSTAGE LOUNGE
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Thursday, December 12, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Kick back and enjoy cocktails and live music featuring local jazz talents
Members: $20 – Public $25
Chris Ziemba is a jazz pianist, composer, and educator based on the East Coast. He holds performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School. Ziemba first entered the scene in 2009, when he was invited to be a featured guest on Marian McPartland's iconic radio program on NPR, Piano Jazz. In 2011, just before relocating to New York City to further his studies and launch a career, Ziemba won first place in the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. In New York, Ziemba worked to become an in-demand pianist at clubs and performance venues throughout the city. In 2013, he recorded Chakra, a seven-movement suite composed for big band by Jazz at Lincoln Center saxophonist Ted Nash. Other highlights of his time in New York include performances with Kurt Elling, Carl Allen, Marcus Printup, Ron Blake, Karrin Allyson, and Ryan Truesdell's Grammy-winning Gil Evans Project, among others. Ziemba released his debut album, Manhattan Lullaby, in 2016. The album features his original compositions and arrangements with the collaboration of saxophonist Michael Thomas, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Jimmy Macbride.
In 2017, Ziemba became the pianist for the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force Band based in Washington, D.C. When not on tour, he continues to regularly perform, record and teach all along the East Coast.
Free parking after 6 pm at 2001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
For more information please call 202-331-7282 ext 120
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The Friday Noon Concert Series
Gregory Miller, Producer
Winners of the Baltimore Piano FestivalClub Lunch available to members and their guests immediately after the concert. Lunch reservation must be made by 3 pm the day before at (202) 331-7282 ext 3.
Friday, December 13, 12:00 p.m.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
RSVP not required for the concert
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THE ANNUAL PRESIDENTS' DINNER
Saturday, December 14, at 6:30 pm
OPEN TO MEMBERS & GUESTS
$70 per person (members & guests)
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.
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.
Reservation required by 5 p.m. the day before.
Dress: Black Tie or Festive.
6:30 p.m. Cocktails
Cancellations fee 50% for same day reservations and no-shows.