DC Art Center's 20th Anniversary Gala!
May 29, 2009 at Halcyon House
from 6:30-10:30pm
Purchase tickets online here

Celebrate DCAC’s 20th anniversary at the historic Halcyon House in Georgetown with an evening of dance, poetry, performance art, sound installation and live music. Join us as we pay tribute to the center’s twenty years of supporting underserved artists in the community and realizing the visions of DCAC’s founders. Born in 1989 with the mission of providing the “missing link” between emerging artists and the broader community, DCAC has maintained its place in DC as an organization that operates with the needs of artists in mind rather than focusing on growing commercial demands. DCAC also recognizes the need to support ongoing projects, which include our Curatorial Initiative, which nurtures upcoming curators and enriches audience engagement with our exhibits, and SPARKPLUG, a collective of local artists and curators who exhibit at DCAC each year.

In 1987, a group of artists, arts advocates and administrators came together to address their frustration with DC’s cultural climate. In order to bring local artists closer to the community, arts advocates Aaron Levine, Alice Denney, and Herb White, with the support of councilman William Lightfoot, established a center where local artists would become more visible to the community and receive the support that was largely unavailable. DCAC’s founding board includes artists Jack Rasmussen, Lynn McCary, Sam Gilliam, Greg Hannan, Kathy Keler, Rockne Krebs, Evangeline Montgomery, June Shadoan, and Paula Schumann, critic and curator Annie Gawlak, and arts activist Eden Rafshoon.

Since the founding of DCAC, the city has seen a number of positive changes in the local arts community. With the growth of local galleries and art spaces, artists have a wider range of opportunities to exhibit their work than they did twenty years ago. While the original vision and purpose of DCAC remain intact, the arts center now seeks to address the growing needs of artists marginalized by the commercial demands placed on galleries. Even as we seek to expand our visibility and hope to become a primary staple in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, DCAC holds true to its grassroots tradition. We continue to recognize the need for a space where artists, regardless of their commercial viability, race, gender and educational background, can show or perform their work at any stage in their careers.

The gala will take place on May 29, 2009, from 6:30 to 10:30pm. There will be cocktails and a buffet from 6:30 to 8:00, and a special VIP Champagne reception from 6:30 to 7:30 for the invitation committee, corporate donors, board members and founders. From 8:00 to 9:30, we will be serving coffee and deserts in the Studio, with dancing until 10:30 to Gin and the Tonics. There will be an open bar throughout the evening, as well as performances and video projections. Our performers and artists for the evening include performance artists Kathryn Cornelius and Quique Aviles, poets Silvana Straw and Buck Downs, dancer Ilana Silverstein, Alberto Gaitán with sound installation and artists Gretchen Schemmerhorn, Jefferson Pinder and David Hartwell.


Tickets are $75 for members, $100 dollars for non-members and $125 at the door. Garage parking will be available for $8. Purchase Gala tickets online here