ArtReach at THEARC

ArtReach, a year-round museum outreach program, is designed to empower D.C. youth and families to explore and trust their own creativity within the context of art making and art history. THEARC ArtReach, was originally founded as Corcoran ArtReach in 1992. It provides free arts instruction such as family workshops, after-school and summer art classes. ArtReach makes a special effort to foster visual literacy, critical thinking skills, and creative expression among its participants while encouraging them to develop meaningful connections between art and their lives. In addition to ArtReach, oversees the Community Gallery at THEARC, which serves as an exhibition venue for program participants, local artists, community organizations, and schools.


ArtReach seeks dedicated high school students to participate in the George Washington University Portfolio Development Program at ArtReach. Participants will learn advanced skills to build a college-ready art portfolio. The program includes all art materials, portfolio reviews from GW Admissions staff and faculty and a tour of the GW campus.

Portfolio Development Drawing (Session I) 7...

A weekly session welcoming individuals to connect with their creativity alongside others!


Eleven young artists sat quietly in the brightly lit room at THEARC in Southeast Washington, studying their images in mirrors propped in front of them. Each student had the same assignment—create a self-portrait.

Fifteen-year-old Amari Walton displayed a contorted facial expression as she explained that it wasn’t her favorite exercise.

“It looks way better now… the way it is supposed to be,” said Ms. Walton, who has been taking the portfolio development class at ArtReach for the last four years.

ArtReach Gallery at THEARC’s newest exhibition, Southeast DC Young Artist Show, features high school students living East of the River. The eclectic pieces represent a central theme of “Community” and represent each student’s unique sense of their surroundings through photography, painting, and drawings.

Curated by Maya Simkin, Larry Cook, Susana Raab, Wesley Clark, Christie Neptune, and Shaunte Gates. Sponsored by a grant from Eagle Endowment at American University and a partnership with ArtReach at THEARC.

Gallery Hours:

THEARC is proud to share that the following exhibitions will be on view at the ArtReach Gallery during the winter season. 

Witness to Hunger

The 11th Street Bridge Park is proud to partner with the Risa Fund, Artolution, and ArtReach at THEARC in the summer of 2015 to create a unique mural that connects students from Wards 6, 7, and 8 to create a work of art that is representative of communities living on both sides of the Anacostia River.

Currently, on view in the Community Gallery at THEARC, Susana Raab's photo essay "The Invisible Wall" is a collection of pictures displaying life east of the Anacostia River. The exhibition was recently featured in an article by Phil Hutinet, writer for East of the River Magazine. 

On April 12, 2015, ArtReach at THEARC and the 11th Street Bridge Park will partner to host the first annual Anacostia River Festival Fish Bike Parade! Colorful handmade fish windsocks afixed to hundreds of bicycles will recreate a beautiful, river of Koinobori fish traveling down the streets of Washington, D.C! 

Carving Out Freedom, Piercing a Community is an exhibition of community engagement, transformative learning and art-making.


The Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship Presents:

Creatively Making a World of Difference: African American Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Free and Open to the Public at THEARC
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020

THEARC Partners

Contact Information

ArtReach at THEARC
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Suite 203
Washington, DC 20020


ArtReach Director:

Melissa Green


Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday 4:30-7:00PM