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Photo by Andy Feliciotti

In Bloom: A Photographic Celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

MARCH 21ST - APRIL 29TH, 2018

Every year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival ushers in spring by commemorating the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees from Japan to the United States of America. The festival celebrates the enduring friendship and close relationship between our two countries with a diverse and creative program which promotes traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community.

Blind Whino & IGDC are thrilled to showcase this celebration through the incredible work of local photographers. Each year, the IGDC community tirelessly documents the blossoms and events happening around Washington, DC and shares those images with the world through social media (@igdc). Please join us as we explore the beauty of the blossoms and vibrant festival displays with a juried photo show during the 2018 Cherry Blossom Festival

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 24th // 12p-5p  // Food Trucks, Music and a Special Pop Up Shop.

THE Quadrant collection (Sold out)

The Museum & Blind Whino SW Arts Club presents the Quadrant Collection for Black History Month celebrating past iconic figures who were born and raised in all four quadrants and a special honor to our current Mayor Muriel Bowser who is running for her 2nd term in office.

With every shirt that sells, The Museum & Blind Whino SW Arts Club will match the sale and donate the amount to a non-profit organization in the respective quadrant.


february 3RD - March 11th, 2018

This is tomorrow. This is the Future, and while we appreciate the foundation on which we were built; we’re at the future. Thank you Thank You to the 4 M’s: Marcus, Malcom, Martin, and Momma. Thank you everyone. Now lets look in the mirror towards the future.

This is the Kwanzaa of Present, enjoying the benefit of Umoja (Unity), Nia (Purpose), and Kuumba (Creativity). #BlackFutures pays it forward: all the ebb and flow of Black History, the humility and smiles, the love, and the faith that we will use our tools for betterment. The mission of this exhibition is to shed hope on what’s to come. We see our heroes and sheroes in our daily lives. In entertainment, civic engagement, our children, and in ourselves. Be inspired, and be the change you want to see!- Thanks Ghandi!


NOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 17th, 2017

In partnership with Blind Whino SW Arts Club and with support from The Pink Line Project, IGDC’s first show will highlight the photography of local artists. Our community of photographers show the best sides of the DMV every day through #igdc and we are excited to share those images that represent our cities, neighborhoods, people and institutions with you.

This show is made possible by the tremendous work of our IGDC community and from the support of photo lab and Meredith Freedom Forte, @framemastermer.


October 5th - november 4th, 2017 

The inaugural Superfierce exhibition will run through November 4 featuring 30+ nationally- and locally-known female artists, photographers and sculptors including Anne MarchandAshley LongshoreCaitlyn Teal PriceDominique FierroJulie WolfeLana GomezMaggie O’NeillMaryanne Pollock and more.

The month-long interactive exhibit will officially kickoff with an Opening Salon Party on October 5 at the show’s host site, Blind Whino. The event will help fund five mentorship programs between prominent and up-and-coming artists to further opportunities for women in the arts. Tickets can be purchased at

Founded by local artist Maggie O’Neill, Superfierce is a movement within the art industry aimed at creating a foundation of support, connectivity and resources for female artists. 

In Cabaret we trust


In Cabaret We Trust is a fully-immersive theatre experience that begins as soon as the audience arrives. It is set within the walls of the 15,000+ sq. ft. desanctified church, Blind Whino. This immersive production will highlight not only the acts on the main stage, but also the tangled web of stories just below the surface. Drawing on influences from the Weimar Republic erathe production explores themes of power and control, as well as resistance and artistic spirit. Artistic director Strother Gaines says, “In my research following the 2016 election, I started seeing parallel storylines between the Weimar Republic and the previous 8 years here in DC. Back then, as the pendulum swung back to a fascist regime, we lost the cultural progress of the early Weimar Republic. It makes us nervous to see the increasingly similar parallels to today’s political landscape.”


JULY 12TH - AUG 6TH 2017

Summer School is now in session & open 7 days a week from 12p-5p until Sunday, August 6th!! Come out & reflect back on your memorable moments from elementary through high school & college!!

Write those thoughts out on our walls, show some school spirit, sign your name like your signing our yearbook and lets enjoy the Summer School project! 


mAY 2017

The idea of Small Steps are Giant Leaps came to Astronaut Harrison's Dad while riding the bus with his 4 year old son, what was a normal everyday event to him had his son completely transfixed. Seeing that look of amazement on his face, at something so common place, really struck him. In that moment he realized that his son is an explorer and the everyday world that we take for granted to him is an amazing place filled with new sights and experiences.  He knew in that moment that he wanted to somehow document his son's journey of exploration.

18th months, 3 spacesuits, 2 helmets, and more than 50 photo shoots later, Astronaut Harrison's Dad is so proud of his little astronaut. Astronaut Harrison really enjoyed working on the project and used the experience to help him get over several childhood fears. They shot everywhere from the museum to the city pool and have traveled from dusty country roads, to the Florida Space coast and right here in Washington, D.C. They've had great support from people inviting them to photograph in movie theaters, old school barber shops, expensive hotel rooms, and, back where it all began, on the city bus.

We hope these images will help be a reminder for you to take a moment and make a new discovery or explore a little bit more of your world, every single day.

NIKE A.I.R. (Artist in residency)

APRIL 2017

After celebrating the iconic Air Max shoe on its 30th birthday, also known as #AirMaxDay on 03.26, we partnered with the brand to bring a special Nike A.I.R. (Artist in Residency) Installation featuring original local artwork from: @withlovemelissa // @blackcements // @zoe.illustration // @mattcorradoart // @superwaxx // @rob_zilla_iii 


MARCH 2017

What images come to mind when you think of Washington, D.C.? How does media representation of the District compare with the everyday experiences of youth in the District?

“Everyday DC,” a photography exhibition on view at the Southwest Arts Club in Washington D.C., from March 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017, explores these questions by visualizing daily life in Washington, D.C., through the eyes of over 100 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from eight DC public middle schools that represent all four quadrants of the city. "Everyday DC" is the culmination of a multi-week photojournalism unit designed by the visual arts department at DC Public Schools (DCPS), DCPS visual arts educators and the Pulitzer Center. The unit, which is inspired by the Everyday Africa project from journalists Peter DiCampo and Austin Merrill and is supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, was developed to align with the National Core Arts standards and the visual arts standards developed by DCPS.


zulu love - The art of melissa mitchell


Melissa Mitchell is an Atlanta based abstract artist, with a love of vibrant colors, unique shapes, and bold dark lines. As a self -taught artist, she pulls inspiration from her Bahamian heritage, melodic tunes, and the colorful world around her. Since February 2014, she has created over 350 original art pieces, painted over 25 larger than life murals, been featured in the media and has work sold in stores. She has also turned her favorite paintings into unique headwraps, pocket squares, socks, bow ties, home decor, and specialty textiles. She specializes in working with clients, to create one-of-a-kind pieces for homes, offices, and other personal spaces. She aims to create pieces that evoke emotion, to serve as a “light source”, speak to the soul, but above all inspire people to follow their passions and cultivate their dreams. She is known as the “Kaleidoscope of Hope”, because she brings joy through her use of colors. Anyone that experiences something she has created will find comfort in knowing that there is nothing else like it in the world. 

Melissa says, “art is like love, you make it what you want and it makes you feel things you can’t always describe; you’re left to just relish in the beauty of it. Art has single-handedly changed my life and the way I live it”. She is currently working on expanding her brand globally and developing significant artistic collaborations with other artists, corporations, major fashion houses and brands.