It’s time to get excited about your vision and time to get to work! Connect your creativity to the community by submitting your work to our Members Exhibition – Different Strokes.
Call for Artists: Different Strokes – Members Exhibition
Exhibit July 9 – August 28 • We invite our current members to submit one work following the theme “Different Strokes” to be displayed in the main gallery during this two month-long group exhibition and asks artists to reflect on their unique styles and approaches to making art. Our diversity as a community is what makes us strong and our perspectives and viewpoints for making art are just as important.
We will host an onsite opening reception on Friday, July 9 at 6 p.m, our first in-person opening reception in over a year and a half! The opening reception is free and open to the public and will feature awards at $250 for Best in Show, $125 for 2nd Place and $75 for 3rd Place.
Artwork drop-off: Monday, June 28, 2021
Dia de los Muertos: A Juried Exhibition
Exhibits October 1 – 30 • Back by popular demand! More about reveling life than remembering death, this unique day encourages us to connect with loved ones while reflecting on the ties that bind the past to present. The family and the community play integral roles in this cultural celebration, so the congregation of local art to honor the deceased maintains the power of community in the Dia de los Muertos tradition. Each artist explores their own interpretation of this rich holiday, and bring to light not only the honor associated with death in Mexican culture, but also remind us of the vivacity and significance of the lives of our loved ones who have passed.
To help alleviate financial stress caused by the pandemic, we are waiving all submission entry fees for member artists to submit to our Dia de los Muertos exhibit in October 2021. You may submit one, two or three artworks.
Deadline for online submission: Friday, September 17, 2021
Experience live theatre with our 2021-22 season!
After a year and a half of innovative online and outdoor theatre, indoor theatre returns to the Alliance this August! Our season is full of unique, high-quality, affordable entertainment from outrageous comedies to sweeping dramas to an immersive theatrical experience that will span every space at the Alliance.
Discovering SoulCollage®: An Introductory Workshop – Onsite
Saturday, June 26 • SoulCollage is a contemplative and insightful process of self-discovery. It gently opens you to a new way of exploring your inner wisdom. It is a practice by which you can communicate with the unique aspects of yourself while you deepen connections with self and others – all while engaging your creativity! Using simple tools – scissors, glue, magazine images, and mat board – you create cards that are uniquely yours.
Art & Soul of Black Broadway with Tim Wright – Online Art Lecture
Thursday, July 8 • Discover the musical heritage of Washington, DC’s U Street – also known as Black Broadway – from jazz to hip hop to punk and go-go. Through a vast collection of intimate, moving, neighborhood photographs, we will “walk” the streets and back alleys and learn how murals, theatres, music venues and memorials embrace the history of this amazing neighborhood. Also enjoy a complementary and diverse playlist that will match up with the murals and venues.
Couples Dance Connection – Onsite Class
Saturday & Sunday, July 10 – 11 • This workshop is designed to teach couples how to connect with each other through nonverbal communication. Couples will learn the importance of leading and following and how to honor each other through touch and movement by learning exciting dances like swing, rumba, salsa and bachata! You must bring a partner to participate in this fun class.
Zati Basket Weaving Workshop – Onsite
Saturday, May 15 • Baskets, though often used for decoration today, have for thousands of years served as useful containers, custom-made for the task at hand. In this workshop, learn to weave a basket from yarn and natural materials on a flat tapestry loom and surprise yourself with the shaping of a basket.
Playing with Pastels Workshop – Onsite
Saturday, July 17 • Pastel is an increasingly sought after medium for its beauty, vibrancy, durability and endless possibilities for technique and style. Whether you’re a beginner who wants to explore this medium, or an experienced pastelist who wants a fresh perspective, this step by step workshop is for you.
Recycled Assemblage Jewelry Design – Onsite Workshop
Saturday, July 24 • Turn your unused jewelry into something, fun, beautiful and new! Create a statement necklace by sorting through your jewelry box, using bits and pieces of old, broken or forgotten treasures and found objects to assemble into your own, one of a kind repurposed creation. Broken jewelry is great for crafting local artist and instructor Jayne Baker will show you just how to twist it into something inspired and gorgeous for you to wear and enjoy.
Landscapes: Painting with Thread (Ages 14+) – Onsite Workshop
Saturday, August 7 • Shape and spawn a 3D mini-landscape from embossing imported paper, painting a landscape with watercolors, and stitching portions of the project – a truly unique way to create! This class is suitable for ages 14 or older and attendees must be able to thread a needle and hand stitch
A Woman of Style: Mary Cassatt – Online Art Lecture
Thursday, August 19 •Mary Cassatt depicted the “New Woman” of the 19th century from the woman’s perspective. Cassatt often created images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children. Although Cassatt did not explicitly make political statements about women’s rights in her work, her artistic portrayal of women was consistently done with dignity and the suggestion of a deeper, meaningful inner life. She was described as one of “les trois grandes dames of Impressionism” alongside Marie Bracquemond and Berthe Morisot and her work was compared to that of her good friend Degas, as they both sought to depict movement, light, and design in the most modern sense.
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