WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — Citywide support of artists takes center stage in the District Sept. 23 into Sept. 24 with the return of Art All Night.
The event, which takes place from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. is designed to spotlight artists who “fuel and drive entertainment, business, and community.”
“Art All Night is an opportunity for the creative economy and the businesses in every neighborhood to engage in the community in a myriad of ways,” said Kristi Whitfield, Director of the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, which helps run the festival.
There are 22 locations along main corridors in all eight wards. You’ll find activity in four Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) areas and at four public libraries.
“This is really about reengaging with all of the flavors of Washington, DC. If you are here in Eastern Market you will see ice sculptures. If you go to Dupont Circle, you’ll see fire dancers. If you go to Shaw, you’ll see bodypainting,” said Whitfield.
Art All Night is modeled after France’s Nuit Blanche, a weekend where art museums and galleries stay open all night for free.
Artist Dietrich Williams said the weekend is an important way to support local artists.
“Here tonight there are so many people. You’re constantly talking to people, about your work,” said Williams, who had an exhibit at a pop-up gallery in Capitol Hill.
Art All Night’s website includes information about what each location has to offer, along with an interactive map.
In addition to showing support for art and entertainment, Art All Night is meant to bolster businesses by encouraging people to explore and rediscover the city during the event and after it, taking advantage of the offerings that stores and other businesses provide.
“Come support your local artists. As artists we need that support,” he said.