The Washington Post

Washington Project for the Arts moving to Capitol Skyline Hotel

The Ripple Effect: Currents of Socially Engaged Art, is being co-presented by Washington Project for the Arts and Art Museum of the Americas. (Michael O'Sullivan/The Washington Post)

The Washington Project for the Arts is moving to the Capitol Skyline Hotel on Feb. 1 for the remainder of the year. The WPA’s administrative offices and exhibition space will take up residence in a suite on the fourth floor of the hotel overlooking the pool.

The hotel, on I Street in Southwest, is owned by Miami-based contemporary art collectors Donald and Mera Rubell. Mera Rubell suggested the move after coordinating with the WPA on several events, including SynchroSwim, the WPA’s synchronized swimming competition at the hotel’s pool, and the nonprofit group’s Annual Art Auction Gala in 2010.

Mera Rubell “asked us at Emerge Art Fair if we had found our space yet, and we hadn’t found the perfect fit,” said Lisa Gold, executive director of the WPA. “She said, ‘I have an idea for you.’ ”

The organization supports contemporary artists in Washington. The five-year lease at WPA’s current residence in Dupont Circle was up for renewal this year. Gold said the group sought the move because it wanted more exhibition space.

As for the price of the move, the WPA will rent space from the hotel for what Gold called a “very reasonable cost . . . not the rack rate.” The group signed a one-year lease and will continue to look for a permanent space in the coming year.

“We do have flexibility,” Gold said. “We don’t anticipate getting booted to the curb.”

Katherine Boyle reports on arts, museums and culture for the Style section.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read
Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
Sleep advice you won't find in baby books
In defense of dads
Scenes from Brazil's Carajás Railway
Play Videos
For good coffee, sniff, slurp and spit
How to keep your child safe in the water
How your online data can get hijacked
Play Videos
How to avoid harmful chemicals in school supplies
Full disclosure: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 ghoul
How much can one woman eat?
Play Videos
What you need to know about Legionnaires' disease
How to get organized for back to school
Pandas, from birth to milk to mom

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.