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.
|THE THURSDAY BACK STAGE LOUNGE with Geoff Reecer|| 25|
THE THURSDAY BACK STAGE LOUNGE
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Thursday, July 11th, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Every Thursday at the Arts Club, kick back and enjoy refreshments, open bar, and live music featuring local jazz talents.
Members: $20 – Public $25
Geoff Reecer performs with the The Airmen of Note, The United States Air Force’s premiere jazz band, and oldest existing military Big Band.
He earned his B.A. in Music from The University of Maryland in College Park in 1994. In 1993 he won first place in the Emerging Jazz Artist competition held at the East Coast Jazz Festival. Then, after a very busy ten years of freelancing in the DC area where he performed at such venues as the Kennedy Center, The One Step Down, Blues Alley, and countless public and private engagements, he joined the Airmen of Note in 2004.Since joining them, he has not only continued to perform extensively throughout the DC area, but has also had opportunities to tour the country, as well as to perform and/or record with such jazz luminaries as Phil Woods, Ron Carter, Joey DeFrancesco, Bob Mintzer, Slide Hampton, Pat Martino, and many others.
Free parking after 6 pm at 2001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
For more information please call 202-331-7282 ext 120
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Friday, July 26th, at 6:30 pm
OPEN TO MEMBERS & GUESTS
$60 per person - dinner & program
$20 per person - cocktail & program only
BEST OF BERGMAN
Acclaimed singer /actor ANNA BERGMAN enjoys an international career from London, Paris and Moscow to South America, Asia and India and as soloist for presidents, diplomats and royalty including Queen Elizabeth’s birthday. A multi-lingual crossover artist, Anna “triumphs in everything from Broadway tunes to opera and the sultry innuendoes of the cabaret chanteuse” (THE WASHINGTON POST). AnnaBergman.com.
Anna will sing songs from Bernstein, Sondheim, Rodgers & Hart, Dietz & Schwartz, Porter, Bock & Harnick, Guettel, Lerner & Loewe, Legrand, Coward, Lehar, Puccini and from her favorite stage roles including MY FAIR LADY, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA and THE MERRY WIDOW. “Run, don’t walk to see and hear her.” (WQXR Radio)
A reservation is required for dinner by 5 pm the day before.
A reservation is recommended for cocktail & program only.
RSVP online or call (202) 331-7282 ext. 3
Complimentary parking after 6 pm at 2001 Pennsylvania Ave.
RSVP COCKTAIL & PROGRAM $20 - due now: $ 0
RSVP DINNER & PROGRAM $60 - due now: $ 0
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with Linda Quinlan
September 12, 2019, at 12:00 pm
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
LUNCH: Member $20 - Public: $25
Linda Quinlan won the Wicked Woman Poetry Prize with her manuscript Chelsea Creek, a series of poems reflecting on her upbringing in a blue collar New England town. The prize is awarded by Brickhouse Books and will be presented by contest judge and club member Rose Solari.
Long time activist and poet Linda Quinlan grew up the daughter of union parents, a factory worker and a carpenter. As PEN Award winner Michelle Tea says of the work, “Linda Whalen Quinlan renders the rough terrain of working class New England with a lush beauty that pulls no punches, letting the brute hardness of a place and its people coexist with longing and love, finding the tenderness hiding inside tragedy. I love these poems.” Quinlan’s spare, evocative language can be seen in this excerpt from the poem “Marie”:
The event consists of a poetry reading followed by a lunch and opportunity for informal discussion with the poet.
For more information (202) 331-7282 ext 3
RSVP MEMBER $20 (due now): $ 0
RSVP PUBLIC $25 (due now): $ 25
RSVP READING ONLY - Free: $ 0