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
|LECTURE BY WILLIAM WOODWARD: The Nature of Style|| 16|
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
$25 per person (includes light reception)
LECTURE BY WILLIAM WOODWARD: The Nature of Style
William Woodward taught for more than 35 years in the Department of Fine Arts and Art History at George Washington University. This exhibition of works by 35 of his former students honors his influence on a generation of painters.
Lecture to be followed by a light reception.
Proceeds support the preservation of the historic James Monroe House, dating from 1802.
Parking available at 2001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (entrance of the garage is on 21st Street)
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|CINEMA LUNCH: "Quirky Cinema"|| 18|
OPEN TO MEMBERS AND GUESTS ONLY
"Quirky Cinema" — The Films of Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach & the Coen Brothers
$20 per person (screening & lunch)
Please join the Arts Club Cinematography Committee for Dr. Laurence Jarvik’s Cinema Lunch talk on quirky filmmakers who make movies about their personal obsessions. We’ll discuss Isle of Dogs (2018), The Meyerowitz Stories (2017), and Hail, Caesar! (2016) to explore individuality within the Hollywood studio system.
Currently teaching "Understanding Movies" for UMUC, Dr. Jarvik is an author, filmmaker and a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film & Television. He is a member of the Arts Club of Washington.
Lecture from 12 noon-12:30 pm, followed by a Two-Course lunch. $20 per person. This event is open to members and guests.
Reservations required. RSVP online, via email or at (202) 331-7182, ext. 3.