WPA’s first-ever symposium How can we gather now? (March 2023) explored questions of community and the potential of gathering as a crucial practice. During her keynote talk, author and organizer adrienne maree brown spoke about the different scales and modalities of gathering and how healing and change start at the individual level. As we embark on our 48th season, we are excited to invite DC-area artists to imagine programs that will challenge us towards new unimagined directions for future project development in response to the question: “Where should we start?” Your program can respond to this question in any way that interests you and supports your research. The program you propose may take any form, including: film screening, workshop, conversation, performance, book presentation, and beyond.
WPA opened as one of the District's earliest alternative spaces in 1975. In addition to providing artists a place to experiment, to meet artists from outside the city, WPA was also a place of belonging. Today, as the DC artist community becomes increasingly fractured, we believe it is more important than ever for WPA to support and nourish artist communities. That is why our programming is artist-driven. Artists need places where they can create the art scene they want to live in. WPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible to the amount allowed by law.