Hand Made Cultural Icon Shirts by Ghanian Artist/Fashion Designer Atsu Numadzi
I will always and forever be a proponent of the importance of people sharing and connecting through art, and Art All Night is amazing display of just that. The event got its origins from the Nuit Blanche, or Sleepless Night, a similar festival founded in Paris, France. In 2011, 2 creatives along with a helpful grant started Art All Night int he Shaw neighborhood of D.C. an event that begins when the sun comes down and art and the art enthused come out. As my friend so eloquently stated, “Oh the hipsters are OUT out tonight.”
Photography by Jada Imani M
The 8 hour event runs from 7 PM to 3 AM consisting of a series of intertwining and overlapping displaying of dance, painting, interactive art, fashion, poetry, music, photography, and more. For one night per year, this event lights up 8 Washington D.C. Neighborhoods, sprinkled with over 100 artists sharing and selling their work. The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities also integrated local shops and restaurants as venues in order to promote small business development.
Paintings by Medhane Teclay
As I lay in bed, writing this article after a late night of immersing myself in D.C. art and culture, I am excited to see what next year’s event has to offer and how I can find my way in to getting involved in any capacity to continue to bring this important celebration to life.