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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THIS EVENT IS CANCELED
The Friday Noon Concert Series
Gregory Miller, Producer
Grace Wang, flute
Friday, April 10, 12:00 p.m.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
RSVP not required for the concert
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THIS CLASS IS CANCELED
FIGURE DRAWING CLASS
LIVE FIGURE MODEL
Instructor: Dick Swartz
Saturday, April 11, at 10:00 am
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Award Winning artist and club member Dick Swartz holds a live model painting session in the club’s 3rd floor painting studio. Classes are offered on the second Saturdays of the month.
Beginning, intermediate, and advanced artists are welcome to participate.
Students are asked to reserve no later than the Thursday before class. The fee for the live model session can be paid the day of the class. To register for class email Dick Swartz at email@example.com.
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THIS EVENT IS CANCELED
AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED
ANNUAL JAMES MONROE DINNER
Saturday, April 18, at 6:30 pm
OPEN TO MEMBERS & GUESTS ONLY
$ 70 per person (dinner & program)
The annual James Monroe Dinner will celebrate the fifth president of the United States during his birthday month. Monroe lived In the Club’s house from 2011 to 2017, including the first few months of his presidency
6:30 p.m. Cocktail
RSVP online or call (202) 331-7282 ext. 3
Complimentary parking after 6 pm at 2001 Pennsylvania Ave.