In its fourth year, Art All Night Minnesota Ave is returning on Friday, September 23rd, 2022. Each participating neighborhood is a catalyst for corridor revitalization by highlighting music, visual and performing arts, activating both indoor and outdoor public and private spaces, bringing new foot traffic to small and local businesses within the corridor, and bringing an increase in business sales compared to a typical weekend night.
Our theme this year is Celebrate Minnesota Ave! We want to bring the people back into the streets and into our local businesses, having personal interaction & enjoying the arts, music, craft & activities together!
This festival is hosted by Mayor Muriel Bowser in partnership with participating Main Streets and Business Improvement Districts, with support from the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities and the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development Main Street neighborhoods.
Please visit DC Art All Night for updates and more information!
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EAST RIVER SHOPPING CENTER ACTIVATION – 6pm-11pm
STAGE LINE UP
6 pm Northeast Performing Arts Group – “MJ Experience”
NEPAG functions as a hub for all activities and provides professional training in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, African, and liturgical dance right here in Ward & Benning Rd NE.
8 pm Body of Evidence – A locally based Gospel Go-Go Band of the world with 2 Christian DMV Awards under their belt.
9pm The West Mob Band - Premier R& B Go-Go BAnd in DMV area
10 pm Walker Redds Project – The Walker Redds Project (WRP) is an extremely versatile R&B Go Go Band. This unique sound is a blend of Old/New School R&B Hits, Funk, Jazz, Gospel, Old School GO-GO, and Neo Soul.
Tsunami Hair Studio Showcase
Tsunami Hair Studio Hair models will grace the stage with the latest hairstyles & fashion.
• DMV League of Artists Interactive Mural Paint – Bring your inner artist to Art All Night Minnesota and join the community in producing a stand-alone mural for the evening!
• Get your T-shirt/Jeans Spray Painted - Bring your white Ts/old jeans +shorts & let the artist breathe new life into your wardrobe.
• ERFSC Sip & Paint – Join the young adults of ERFSC for a sit-down paint session while enjoying live performances on stage
• Taste the Avenue – Did someone say seafood, bubble tea & Jerk Chicken? Come sample some of the chart’s flavors!
• MAMS Caribbean “Lounge & Play” Station will be open for family and friends to sit, relax, and play games, and enjoy free snacks courtesy of Minnesota Avenue Main Street as we showcase our new brand and ‘Celebrate Minnesota Avenue” together
DOROTHY HEIGHT LIBRARY
6pm to 11pm
This year the library will serve as the Welcome Center for the Minnesota Avenue Main Street All Night celebration. Stop by and learn more about the what the organization does, get information about the activations, and get free merch, while supply last!
Documentary Film Screenings
6:30pm - Barry Farm Documentary
The 50-minute film delves into the historic Black enclave’s strong legacy of resilience, starting with its roots as a home for newly freed Black Americans in the 1860s on the former farmland of slave owner James Barry.
7:30pm - “The Beat Don’t Stop” Go Go Documentary
The history and legacy of Go-Go music and its contribution to the musical landscape. Appearances from such artists as Doug E. Fresh, Junk Yard Band, Trouble Funk, E.U., Backyard Band, TOB, TCB and DJ Kool.
Ongoing until 11pm
Other Art Activities include Henna Art Painting, Body Art Painting, Jazz in the Library, and more …
SALA THAI HAPPY HIP HOP HOUR
4020 Minnesota Ave NE
5pm – 9pm
• Start your Art All Night Crawl early by visiting Sala Thai’s Happy Hip Hop Hour. Serving some of the area’s best Thai Food, Sala Thai is bringing DJ Ron for Art All Night by local popular demand and offering Happy Hour All Day !
• 5:30-7:30 Live Music with Kenney Holmes
• 7:30-9:30 Dance with DJ RON
Hip Hop Stage Activation @ Shoe City
3935 Minnesota Ave NE
Art All-Night Hip-Hop Stage at Shoe City. The hip-hop stage will include indoor performances from local rap artists, a DJ, and community giveaways.
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On September, 24 2021, Minnesota Avenue Main Street (MAMS) joined Mayor Bowser's Art All Night festival. MAMS partners with the Ward 7 community to celebrate our rich history in the arts, with special performances and interactive activities. Businesses located along the Minnesota Avenue NE corridor participated by offering special promotions and providing discounts.
We swung the night away with D.C. Old School Classics, ranging from R&B Soul, Caribbean, Latin & Go-Go! Select vendors also joined the festivities and sold their unique, locally made products.
Artists helped transform an empty space into a creative funhouse – art, live DJ music, graffiti, body painting & more!
Patrons enjoyed tasty bites while listening to live syncopated rhythms at Sala Thai.
In September of 2020, MAMS led the virtual celebration of the Minnesota Avenue community's engagement in Art All Night. While the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the community from coming together in person, the digital programming showcased food recipes, hair design, murals, and more, thereby honoring local influential artists and small businesses.
Food Art, Hair Art, Murals, Artists, and more!! Get entertained while shopping online! Support Minnesota Avenue Main Street & Ward 7!
For the second year, MAMS led Minnesota Avenue Community's participation in Art All Night. MAMS partnered with entrepreneurs and community members to celebrate Ward 7's rich history in the arts with interactive activities ranging from art demonstrations and instruction, musical and poetry performances, photography, and dancing. Over 50 artists and performers presented their talent and artistry to more than 2,500 visitors.
The historical Senator Theatre received a makeover through a light and sound installation activated by the exterior sound environment. A mural dedicated to novelist Toni Morrison was painted on the side wall of the theatre with the quote "The Function of Freedom is to Free Someone Else."