: News

Filed Under:

Arts Festival Aims To Up Profile Of D.C.'s Shaw Neighborhood

Play associated audio

By Cathy Carter

Local leaders are hoping a new arts initiative will reinvigorate D.C's Shaw neighborhood.

On a typical day there isn't much happening on N Street between Seventh and Ninth streets, but this weekend a boom box plays as vendors line the street, selling everything from jewelry to fine art. It's the first Arts on N Street Festival.

"Shaw naturally has a very deep and rich history and in its revitalization efforts; this hopefully is the tipping point to tell and continue to tell the story of the arts and cultural scene here," says Gloria Nauder, Executive Director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

She says promoting D.C.'s arts scene is just good business.

"Our goal is to raise the profile of the city, and we think the arts is the number one way to kind of shift us out of the political shadows and into something great like Paris and New York and San Francisco," she says.

The Arts on N Street Festival takes place during the first two weekends of August. Organizers are saying by this time next year, they hope it's a weekly event.

NPR

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Veep' Actor Tony Hale; Sobriety And Sex; 'What A Fish Knows'

Hale talks about playing "anxious characters" on Arrested Development and Veep. Sarah Hepola had to rethink her sex life after she quit drinking. Jonathan Balcombe discusses the inner lives of fish.
NPR

With A Zap, Scientists Create Low-Fat Chocolate

Scientists say they've figured out how to reduce the fat in milk chocolate by running it through an electric field. The result is healthier, but is it tastier?
NPR

With Trump In Scotland, Clinton Steps Up Barrage Against His 'Brexit' Response

After the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, Trump spoke on the move at his remodeled Scottish golf course. Clinton used those remarks as fodder for a message her campaign has been pushing hard.
NPR

President Obama Acknowledges 'Brexit' To Silicon Valley Crowd

President Obama delivered a speech Friday at Stanford University, and remarked on the Brexit vote in front of a crowd of young, tech-forward, pro-globalization attendees from 170 countries.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.