Over the past 8 years, I have been organizing public talks and round table conversations with expert panelists, with the intent of bringing policy makers, artists, art managers, developers, architects and city officials together to generate new ideas on how to create adequate and affordable live/work spaces for artists in the Washington, DC. Here are a few highlights:

D.C. Builds: Creating Space for Artists @ The National Building Museum - Washington, DC

Washington, D.C., is one of the nation’s premier cities for arts and culture with a variety of venues and a robust professional class dedicated to the visual arts. However, few working artists are able to afford housing and studio space in the city, which deprives D.C. of valuable assets for creativity and economic development. A panel of experts discusses the role of planners, architects, and policy makers to create live/work spaces for artists. Presented in partnership by Hamiltonian Artists and the National Building Museum.


Local Faces, DC’s Local and National Art Scene @ The Corcoran Gallery of Art and School of Art + Design - Washington, DC

In a city where so much attention is focused on the large-scale tourist attractions, what special challenges do local arts organizations and artists face? This panel discussion is presented by Emerging Arts Leaders DC, an initiative of Americans for the Arts.
Panelists include Lisa Gold (Washington Project for the Arts), Ryan Hill (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, YOUmedia Network), Mariah Johnson (Porch Projects), and Jayme McLellan (Civilian Art Projects, Corcoran College of Art Design); Sunny Widmann (National Arts Strategies) moderates.


We Run DC: How artist DIY projects are shaping contemporary art in DC @ Hamiltonian Gallery - Washington, DC

Throughout Baltimore and DC, artists are curating pop-up shows and self-organized art exhibitions in empty storefronts, abandoned buildings and their very own domestic spaces. In addition to providing a fertile ground for artistic experimentation and collaboration, these artist-run projects are challenging the traditional gallery model and enriching the dialogue on contemporary art in our region.