Tour 1: Gateway Arts District Artists’ Studios Tour

June 27, 2020, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Session Type: ARTventure

Nationwide, states and municipalities use Arts and Entertainment Districts as tools to foster economic development-based engagement with the arts. However, as arts venues are often featured as drivers of the development, artists are often left to face the pressures of gentrification with limited support. The Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s County is unique in being centered on artists and artistic production, with a small number of presenting organizations working in support of artists, rather than the other way around. Aimed at sustaining support for creative producers, the Gateway Arts District is also exemplary in leveraging a high concentration of artists who have worked closely with elected leaders to create enduring relationships that have lasting impact on the community. This tour will make four stops to visit seven independent studio groups to showcase the breadth of art being created in this compact area, including Washington Glass School, Otis Street Arts Project, White Point Studios, Red Dirt Studios, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Portico Studios, and Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center. Each has its own story about artists as stakeholders, establishing spaces, purchasing property, and leveraging public/private partnerships to create sustainability. Combined, the studio groups house approximately 75 studios that represent the entire arts ecosystem, from nationally-recognized artists to artists at the early stages of learning, who work and share influences in close proximity as one, diverse community.

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience.