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Local Arts Hero: Jackson Arts Center

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Weekly since 2020, BCDC has showcased a Local Arts Hero that’s keeping the lights on in challenging times. This week we’ve chosen the Jackson Arts Center!

Providing affordable studio space for local artists, sharing the gift of art with the broader DC community, and preserving a historic school building in the process: the Center has laudable tripartite mission.

Working in former classrooms of the historic Jackson School in Northwest DC’s Burleith neighborhood (built in 1890), the Jackson Art Center is home to over 40 local artists who work in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, pastel, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and more. Through the Friends of Jackson initiative, it opens up to the broader public through artist lectures, live model drawing sessions, children’s days, film screenings, painting to music, and more. In addition, annual spring and fall Open Studios allow the community to explore the Art Center, meet and greet the artists, and maybe take home some fabulous original art.

After closing during the pandemic, the Jackson Art Center held its first Open Studio in over two years last month (pictured above), with a mix of indoor and outdoor activities. Later this month, Art in the Park, will feature the Center’s artists helping local residents sketch, paint and photograph the spring sights in Georgetown’s Montrose Park.

To learn more about the Jackson Art Center and its resident artists, and support its work, head here!

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