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 Friday Noon Concert Series
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Gregory Miller, Producer
Friday, March 22nd, 12:00 p.m.
Laura Kaufman Mowry, flute
Alison Lowell, oboe
Zack Gauvain, clarinet
Eddie Rumzis, bassoon
Josh Thompson, horn
Suite for Wind Quintet
Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901–1953)
Lyric Pieces, op. 43
Edvard Grieg (1843–1907)
Join District5 for an afternoon of beautiful music that explores the many paths one takes to “come home.” Inspired by the incredible true stories of composers in their search for truth, family, identity, country, and life itself, District5 brings together the music and passion that binds us all together in our search for what it truly means to “come home.”
RSVP not required for the concert
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Friday, March 22, 6:30 pm
OPEN TO MEMBERS & GUESTS ONLY
$60 per person (dinner & program)
Lester Hyman has known every U.S. President since Dwight Eisenhower. He was a favorite escort of the famed advice columnist Ann Landers. He was also JFK's mentee as a young man.
Join us for an evening of stories, book signing, and more with Lester Hyman.
Originally from Providence, R.I., Lester Hyman first entered politics as the chairman of the Democratic Party in Massachusetts during a pivotal time in political history. Before that though, he was a young, ambitious Jewish lad that was intimately mentored by a senator whose father was (ironically) a powerful and anti-semetic Irish-American patriarch. That senator also became the first Catholic U.S. President, and one of the 20th century's most famous names.
“I came to D.C. for the Kennedy family in 1969,” Hyman told The Hill. After JFK's assassination, he continued meaningful relationships with Bobby, Teddy and other members of 'Camelot'.
A lawyer and longtime political insider, Hyman has vetted Cabinet and Supreme Court picks for President Bill Clinton, as well as Hillary Clinton during her two presidential campaigns. He currently acts as United States Legal Counselor for the British Virgin Islands, where he keeps a home on the island of Tortola.
RSVP online or call (202) 331-7282 ext. 3
Complimentary parking after 6 pm at 2001 Pennsylvania Ave.
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Restorative Yoga at the Arts Club
Saturday, March 23 at 10:00 am
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Limited space available; RSVP required with donation.
Club member Jameson Freeman will lead a gentle Saturday morning Hatha yoga and meditation class at the historic Arts Club of Washington, former home of President James Monroe. Beginners and newbies welcome.
Please RSVP online, $10 donation to the Arts Club of Washington must be made at the time of your reservation. Session will be cancelled if there are no reservations.
RSVP required for each session