Event: Saturday, July 18 from 10am to 12pm
Art Works Now announces the groundbreaking of their new home located at 4800 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville, MD in the Gateway Arts District. The event, which takes place Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., is free and open to the public.
Through a dynamic public-private partnership between Art Works Now and Pizzeria Paradiso, Art Works Now will rehabilitate a long-abandoned florist shop and greenhouse on a blighted corner of the Gateway Arts District. The partnership’s collective goal is to support economic development and build a creative meeting place that enriches the entire community. At 4800 Rhode Island Avenue, Art Works Now will triple their space, continuing their commitment to providing community-focused arts programming.
Art Works Now Founder and Executive Director Barbara Johnson adds that, “This project is an actualization of the Arts District planners’ intentions—the establishment of a public-private partnership in order to revitalize the Rhode Island Avenue corridor through arts related economic development while developing the community’s creative potential through arts programming.”
Art Works Now’s private partner, Pizzeria Paradiso, will add another sit-down restaurant to the growing number of dining options in Hyattsville. Says chef/owner Ruth Gresser, “As a longtime supporter of the arts, Pizzeria Paradiso is very excited to be part of this project. We look forward to serving the Gateway Arts District and becoming a member of the community.”
The event will include a ceremonial groundbreaking with Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III, City of Hyattsville Mayor Candace Hollingsworth, Prince George’s County Council Member Deni Taveras, along with several other County and State leaders, in attendance. A fun-filled morning of art activities will follow the groundbreaking ceremony to mark the occasion.
About Art Works Now
Since the organization’s inception at their current Mount Rainier, MD location four years ago, Art Works Now has worked to create a stronger community through the arts with affordable, content rich art classes, exhibitions and other projects with social justice as a core focus of the organization’s programming.
About Pizza Paradiso
The original Pizzeria Paradiso opened its doors in November 1991 in Dupont Circle. The restaurant received immediate critical acclaim and has since been consistently ranked among the finest restaurants in Washington, DC. Today, Pizzeria Paradiso provides table service to 100 customers in Dupont Circle, 140 in Georgetown and 120 in Old Town. The menu is enhanced by an award winning beer program at all three locations.
The new location of Art Works Now is 4800 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville, MD.