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

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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.

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