Artists displaced by downtown development will celebrate their return at 923 F Street, NW beginning 6:30 PM Friday, September 5. The return highlights "extraordinary cooperation in preserving cultural assets downtown," stated Downtown Artist Coalition President (DAC) Michael Berman.
The cooperation was spurred by DAC, which was formed in 1999 to organize the many artists who were facing possible eviction by redevelopment of the 900 block of F Street. The effort to preserve some of the last remaining artists' studios downtown culminated in a 2001 agreement which ultimately involved not only DAC but also the Committee of 100, the DC Preservation League, the landowner, the Archdiocese of Washington; the developer, Akridge; and the District government.
Included in the new Carroll Square development at 975 F Street, NW, is 7000 square feet of working art studio space, now leased from Akridge by DAC, which subleases 6 studios to many of the artists who originally occupied space on the street.
Called F St|Arts the studios occupy the 2nd and 3rd floors of the preserved and rehabbed townhouses that are incorporated into the development. Paintings, photographs, sculpture, crafted jewelry, and wood furniture are some of the artwork that will be featured in the space. Artists will be producing as well as displaying work.
F St|Arts will hold quarterly open studio events, in conjunction with the gallery located in the Carroll Square lobby, as well as other functions. Studios are open by appointment only in August. Public hours of operation will be announced in September.
Artists featured at F St |Arts include:
CAOS on F. Exhibition space for a coalition of artists to display and sell their work. www.caossystems.com
Reyes + Davis. Independent Exhibitions.
Carroll Square, 975 F Street NW