Mar 6, 2024 - Things to Do

An empty downtown D.C. office is becoming a free interactive art exhibit

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Starting Friday, an empty West End office building will be transformed into a 300,000-square-foot interactive art exhibit filled with performances, dancers, and visual works.

The big picture: This comes amid moves to reimagine a struggling downtown D.C. — like Mayor Muriel Bowser's recently unveiled Downtown Action Plan, which would see over $400 million invested in residential projects, cultural additions, and green space.

State of play: Artomatic, which transforms local empty spaces into creative exhibits, will take over the former Urban Institute headquarters, filling the eight-story building with "visual art, performance, dance, film, spoken word, workshops and more," according to a press release from the Golden Triangle BID.

  • The former office building at 2100 M St. NW is currently empty and has been slated for residential conversion.

Zoom in: The free exhibit runs from March 8 to April 28 and will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 9:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm to 12am, and Sundays from 12pm to 9pm.

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