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.”