Gallery Openings and Events

Pleasant Plains Workshop Hosts What’s Going On: Voices of Shaw

Image credit: A Great Day in Shaw by Jared Soares as part of WGO: Voices of Shaw.

Image credit: A Great Day in Shaw by Jared Soares as part of WGO: Voices of Shaw.

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Pleasant Plains Workshop launches their latest project What’s Going On: Voices of Shaw, a community powered public art project curated by PPW founder, Kristina Bilonick Royer and independent curator, Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams. The 9-day event celebrates the Shaw neighborhood by highlighting the people who live and work within its historic blocks. Check out the event schedule below, and for more information, visit: www.whatsgoingonSHAW.com

Calendar of Events:
All events are free unless otherwise noted, and in some cases registration of RSVP is required

  • Saturday September 24, 6-8pm
    What’s Going On Launch Party!
    A & D Bar – 1314 9th St NW
    (presented as part of Art All Night)
    featuring Thick Air Studios
    Mingle with the artists and curators, grab your printed program and glow in the dark wristband, and see the launch of Thick Air Studio’s street activation. (cash bar, light appetizers provided)
  • Saturday September 24 – Wednesday September 28, 7-11pm
    Portable Punctuation by Thick Air Studios
    A roving performance powered by Shaw residents wielding illuminated signs of punctuation marks that spark wonderment and fuels storytelling. (Roving performance, catch them on the streets of Shaw in the evenings!)
  • Saturday, September 24, 7-9pm
    Common Threads by New Community ArtSpace
    Shaw Neighborhood Library – 1630 7th St, NW
    ArtSpace is seeking those who can crochet or want to learn a basic chain stitch to create a long colorful thread that will run from ArtSpace to various locations around Shaw. Join the group or work independently and return your portion of the Common Thread to ArtSpace.
  • Sunday September 25, 2-3pm
    Common Grounds – a performance by Tsedaye Makonnen
    Compass Coffee – 1921 8th St NW
    Tsedaye and a group of participants will perform a coffee ceremony with a twist that encourages participants to take time to savor coffee and conversation amidst the backdrop of the swiftly changing landscape of Shaw.
  • Monday September 26, 6-8pm
    ‘I want a president…’ Workshop
    Bread for the City – 1525 7th Street NW
    Presented by artists Natalie Campbell and Saisha Grayson, join us for a group creative writing exercise that corrals voices from the community and paints a picture of who they’d like to see in the white house. Free Register here
  • Tuesday, September 27, 6-8pm
    Common Threads by New Community ArtSpace
    ArtSpace – 614 S St NW basement
    ArtSpace is seeking those who can crochet or want to learn a basic chain stitch to create a long colorful thread that will run from ArtSpace to various locations around Shaw. Join the group or work independently and return your portion of the Common Thread to ArtSpace.
  • Tuesday September 27, 7-10pm
    Little Salon
    At the home of local artist and resident, George Shomari Smith
    A one-of-a-kind experience with curated music, poetry, literature, art, snacks and performances.
    This is a ticketed event, details at http://littlesalondc.com
  • Shaw Community Social Justice Walking Tour with ONE DC
    Meet at ONE DC office: 614 S St. NW
    ONE DC invites you to engage with us in a conversation and community learning process about displacement and resistance in DC, and how we organize for equitable development. Free Register here
  • Thursday September 29th from 6-8pm
    Drop in open house at Capital Checkers Club!
    Capital Pool Checkers Club – 813 S Street NW
    For decades, Capital Checkers has provided opportunities for youth, adults and seniors to come together around a simple pleasure, playing checkers. Come join them for a drop in game or two with refreshments on hand, and meet the founding members! Free (drop in / no need to register)
  • Saturday October 1, 2-3pm
    Common Grounds – a performance by Tsedaye Makonnen
    Compass Coffee- 1535 7th St NW
    Tsedaye and a group of participants will perform a coffee ceremony with a twist that encourages participants to take time to savor coffee and conversation amidst the backdrop of the swiftly changing landscape of Shaw.
  • What’s Going On: Voices of Shaw Wrap Party!
    Shaw’s Tavern- 520 Florida Ave NW
    featuring ReciproCITY– a performance art ceremony honoring members of the Shaw community by Tsedaye Makonnen (cash bar, light appetizers provided)
  • Sunday, October 2, 2-4pm
    Neighborhood Sketchcrawl by Lizzie Sampson
    Starting Point: Howard Theater – 620 T St NW
    Ending Point: Blagden Alley – 629 N Street NW (Rear)
    Inspired by Urban Sketchers, participants will learn three basic drawing techniques for capturing the neighborhood in motion. (Important: No artistic background required – just the willingness to take risks through drawing). Free Register here
  • Sunday, October 2, 4PM
    DC Alley Museum Talk with co-curator/muralist Lisa Marie Thalhammer
    Blagden Alley – 926 N Street, NW Rear
    Come hear and discover how artists are turning a DC alley into a vibrant outdoor museum.