Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), DC’s leading artist service organization and contemporary art presenter, announces that the organization will move to street-level office and gallery space in The JBG Companies’ Atlantic Plumbing mixed-use residential and retail development in the U Street Corridor cultural district. As WPA marks its 40-year anniversary milestone in 2015, the new space matches the forward-looking vision for the future of the organization with unprecedented opportunities to expand programming and increase impact within the Greater Washington-area.
WASHINGTON, DC—June 23, 2014—Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), DC’s leading artist service organization and contemporary art presenter, announces that the organization will move to street-level office and gallery space in The JBG Companies’ Atlantic Plumbing mixed-use residential and retail development in the U Street Corridor cultural district. As WPA marks its 40-year anniversary milestone in 2015, the new space matches the forward-looking vision for the future of the organization with unprecedented opportunities to expand programming and increase impact within the Greater Washington-area.
WPA will move into 1,500 square feet in the main Atlantic Plumbing building at 8th and V Streets NW—adjacent to the 9:30 Club, DC’s renowned music venue—by early fall of 2015, which coincides with the launch of the organization’s 40th anniversary celebration.
“We are thrilled to offer our artists and the community a dedicated exhibition space. Combining WPA’s administrative offices with new galleries in such a visible, flexible, contemporary space will greatly enhance our programming capabilities,” said WPA Executive Director Lisa Gold. “We are imagining exciting new possibilities for our artists, partners and supporters to experience art and engage in dialogue. And, as we approach this important anniversary milestone, this new space is a transformative step towards an illustrious future for WPA.”
“WPA is a perfect fit with our vision for Atlantic Plumbing,” said Robin Mosle, a JBG Executive Vice President. “We are pleased to partner with this inspiring and longstanding arts organization to bring new access to a wide range of art—not only to Atlantic Plumbing, but to the immediate community, recognized for its rich arts heritage.”
The WPA space fronts 8th Street NW and will include a gallery to house exhibitions and events, staff offices and retail space for original artists’ works. The space will operate Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. with occasional evening events.
“The U Street corridor is an ideal home for WPA, given its artistic spirit, history and diversity,” said Kim Ward, chair of the WPA Board of Directors. “Since its founding, WPA has programmed and presented exhibitions in a variety of spaces—remaining versatile and responsive to the art of the times, while acting as a leader in creating partnerships with other arts organizations and institutions. We will continue to do that from a location that will provide a strong community hub for the arts with expanded room for programming and exhibitions.”
Hickok Cole Architects—a leading DC-based architecture firm and long-time supporter of WPA—is developing the drawings and plans for the new offices and gallery, in partnership with WPA leadership. Hickok Cole has designed notable spaces for such entities as the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, NPR, CSIS, and the District Architectural Center, home to the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for contemporary art. WPA supports artists at all stages of their careers and promotes contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, issues, and ideas that stimulate public dialogue on art and culture. Since its founding in 1975 by Alice Denney, WPA has showcased the works of thousands of artists and has reached hundreds of thousands of visitors and viewers with its programs and projects. Today WPA stands as the oldest and largest 501(c)(3) artist membership organization in the region and the premier source for excellence in contemporary art.
ABOUT ATLANTIC PLUMBING
Atlantic Plumbing is a Class A residential and retail building under construction at the intersection of 8th and V Streets NW in the U Street Corridor in Northwest Washington, DC. Designed by renowned New York firm Morris Adjmi Architects, the project includes a 10-story building on the north side of V Street and a 6-story building located on the south side. The two buildings will feature 310 ultra-luxury apartment units, 65 impeccably designed condominium residences and 24,000 square feet of retail and artist studio space (including a 10,000 square foot Landmark Theatre that will be the city’s first “living-room” theatre) and 190 below-grade parking spaces. The project includes amenities that are unparalleled in the neighborhood including an elaborate rooftop terrace with a resort-style pool, indoor/outdoor bar, catering kitchen, lounge area, yoga/Pilates and spin studio, fitness center, outdoor kitchens, private gardening plots and a covered movie screening area.
ABOUT THE JBG COMPANIES
Headquartered in Chevy Chase, MD, The JBG Companies is a private real estate development firm that develops, owns and manages office, residential, hotel and retail properties. The company has more than $10 billion in assets under management and development in the Washington, DC area. Since 1960, JBG has been active in the communities where it invests, striving to make a positive impact. More information can be found by visiting the company's website: www.JBG.com or by calling 240-333-3600.
WPA is supported by its members, Board of Directors, invaluable volunteers, and by generous contributions from numerous individuals and the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Abramson Family Foundation; Peggy Cooper Cafritz; Capitol Skyline Hotel; The Annie E. Casey Foundation; Center for Democracy and Technology; The Chesapeake Framing Company; Clark Construction; Jessica Stafford Davis; Design Cuisine; Raymond Garcia; Carol Brown Goldberg and Henry Goldberg; Graham Holdings Company; Gucci; Hickok Cole Architects; Giselle & Ben Huberman; Intel Corporation; International Association of Privacy Professionals; The JBG Companies; Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Yvette Kraft; Maphook; Marshfield Associates; NoMa Business Improvement District; Bill & Alison Paley; William S. Paley Foundation; Peacock Café; ripe; Robert Shapiro; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP; Taproot Foundation; Turner Construction; Vornado/Charles E. Smith & Gould Property Company.
June 23, 2014