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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WASHINGTON MAGIC AT THE ARTS CLUB
Live Magic & Mind Reading Right Before Your Eyes
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 4, 2022, at 6:30 pm
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
$35 members - $68 Non-Members
Back again! After 21 live sell-outs, and 13 virtual shows over the last three years, Washington Magic returns again LIVE in 2023 at the Arts Club of Washington on February 4th at 6:30 p.m.
Here’s your personal invitation to join Washington Magic at the historic 220-year-old Arts Club of Washington… for our next very special Show on Saturday February 4th: www.washingtonmagic.com.
“Washington Magic is something like the Magic Castle of the East!”
—Craig Helsing, Former BMW Executive
Join us for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and snacks, close-up and stage magic, and the only 5-star reviewed magic performance in the Washington area. See this feature on us in the Washington Post and read about the magic that has been featured in DC Theater Scene, the Washingtonian, Washington Business Journal, Washington Weekend, and other publications.
JOHN MCLAUGHLIN: Former acting director of the CIA and co-author of Amazon’s #1 New Release, Creating Business Magic, will take you behind the scenes of magic’s classics and teach you how to think magically.
ERIC HENNING: Will display some great and brand-new classics of magic—and transform our stage with the kind of magic he’s performed for the President of the United States.
SAVINO RECINE: Restauranteur and entrepreneur, will show you his unique, on-the-edge kind of magic—and read minds and ignite laugher and again prove we can all have fun with the impossible.
DR. KRISHAN MATHUR: A top Washington-area physician turned conjurer, Krishan the Magician travels the world bringing magic to families, children, and now to you.
RAHAAN JACKSON: Will show you why Washington is talking about this performer’s very special magic—from close-up to stage, Rahaan will take you to a very magical place.
DAVID MOREY: Best-selling author, strategist, speaker, and magician. David has performed at both Official Inaugural Balls for the 44th President of the United States and is co-author of Creating Business Magic…
Come to Washington Magic for the PERFECT Date Night: Drinks, hors d’oeuvres, close-up magic, and the only 5-star reviewed magic stage performance in the Washington area—all for a special, welcome-back pre-show discounted $68.
Discounted parking (free for members) after 6 pm at 2001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Online payments are non-refundable. Paid tickets can be canceled online up to 72 hours before the show. Members can canceled their reservation without a penalty until the day before the event.
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Arts Club of Washington Book Group
Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at 5:30 pm
Book: Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
OPEN TO MEMBERS & GUESTS - FREE
Join us for cocktails after the book discussion for a charge of $20.
Book Club & Cocktail RSVP $20 - pay now: $ 0
Book Club Only free - RSVP now: $ 0
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Docent Led Clubhouse Tours
Friday, February 10, 2023, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Free and open to the public
Since its founding in 1916, the Arts Club of Washington has called 2017 I Street NW “home.” Join us on a guided tour of the historic clubhouse to learn more about the Arts Club, its activities and the distinguished men and women who have been members. We will also discuss some of the fabled residents of the two mansions the Club now occupies, including President James Monroe and his First Lady Elizabeth, and Civil War General Robert MacFeely.