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Enduring Visions: Arts Spaces in Washington, DC, 1975–1996

January 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Judith Benderson and Lucy Blankstein, Washington Women’s Arts Center, with Lynn McCary and Paula Schumann, founders of Botswana, in conversation with Ray Barker, archivist of special collections/Washingtoniana, DC Public Library.

Washington, DC, was home to many independent art spaces in the 1970s and ‘80s, including the Washington Women’s Arts Center, founded in 1975, and Botswana, which was open from 1985 to 1987. Attendees will hear from the founders of these spaces—the people who brought out a unique, creative quality to the city’s landscape. Speakers will discuss how these local institutions began, the artists and artwork they featured, and the legacy they left behind.

Registration is requested, but not required. Register here.

This program, the third of a multipart series, was organized by the DC Public Library. The first two parts of the series took place at the National Gallery of Art on June 30 and October 19, 2019.

Washington Women’s Arts Center members stand in front of the organization’s original headquarters on Q Street NW during winter 1978–1979. Photo by Gail Rebhan

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