About Us

DC Artist Exchange (DCax) is a project developed by Artomatic in collaboration with several DC-based arts and cultural organizations. DCax is a series of events and tools designed to explore new ways to build community. The kick-off series included five panel discussions around the broad topic of artist space in the city, four in-person creative networking events called Swap Meets, and this website, meant to engage members through a virtual community space.

This is an experiment! We believe the best way to continue to grow the Washington, DC artistic community is to offer more ways to become collaborative and supportive of each other, and to develop relationships amongst artists. We are trying out this event series in order to see if they meet a need in the community. All feedback is encouraged and appreciated so that we may be able to offer the most useful programming possible.

DCAX PARTNERS

Artomatic logoArtomatic creates community, builds audience and expands economic development by transforming available space into a playground for artistic expression. Open-entry events showcase creative work including visual art, music, film, performance, poetry and fashion. Artomatic is a non-profit organization headed by a volunteer Board of Directors.Visit Artomatic

ResourceArts logoReSourceArts (RSA) is a place for artists, communities, and creative souls to collide. We are dedicated to creating entertaining, thought-provoking, conscious art, performances, shows, and events. We are also focused on creating spaces to collaborate with like-minded individuals and organizations. ReSourceArts began in Philadelphia, PA in 2012 and has since relocated to Washington, DC in order to meet the needs of the artistic and creative community in the area. RSA’s founder and director, Emily Arden Eakland, is a long-time member of the DC artistic community, and is thrilled to have returned to the area.Visit ResourceArts

Hamiltonian Artists logoFounded in 2007 by Paul So, an avid painter and physics professor at George Mason University, Hamiltonian Artists is dedicated to building a dynamic community of innovative artists and effective visual art leaders by providing professional development opportunities to the next generation of contemporary artists in Washington, DC. Hamiltonian Artists offers a competitive post-doc fellowship program that provides mentorship, career guidance, professional exhibition and career development opportunities to emerging artists. In addition, the organization also hosts a series of public artist talks, professional development seminars and community events, which drew over 6,500 people in 2012 alone.In a unique partnership with Hamiltonian Gallery, a commercial white-cube exhibition space in the heart of Washington, DC, the Hamiltonian Fellowship functions as an innovative career incubator and catalyst for artistic leadership by providing a stepping stone to artists at the most critical point in their career.

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Menkiti Group logoThe Menkiti Group is headquartered in Brookland along historic 12th Street NE and certified as an LSDBE, The Menkiti Group was founded in 2004 on the four core values of: Knowledge, Teamwork, Community and Excellence. The organization is a real estate services company dedicated to enhancing the fabric of life in America’s urban neighborhoods through the strategic development, management and sale of residential and commercial property.Visit The Menkiti Group

DancePlace logoDC Wheel Productions, Inc./Dance Place was founded in 1978 as a touring educational and Performing Arts Company, which toured the public schools in the Greater DC Metropolitan area. From 1980-1985 the organization developed and operated a cultural community center called Dance Place in a rented facility located at 2424 18th Street NW, DC in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. In 1986, the organization was forced out of its Adams Morgan location due to gentrification and quadrupled rents. In order to secure the organization’s future, DC Wheel purchased and renovated its permanent home located at 3225 8th Street, NE in the Brookland neighborhood. With ownership of its own building, DC Wheel increased development of artistic and educational programs drawing many citizens and new business into its Brookland neighborhood.The heart of the organization has resided in linking Arts, Education and Community in a rich, diverse atmosphere of nurturing support. In 2002, DC Wheel expanded its campus to include three rented facilities located adjacent to its main space in the Brookland Studios to serve as an additional office space, a teaching studio and a creative education center (CEC). A wide variety of programs have been generated throughout Dance Place’s twenty-five year history – feeding the development of a vital community center while simultaneously growing a reputation as a national and international presenter of high acclaim. Dance Place has served as a vital catalyst in parenting, partnering and supporting the growth of individuals, families, schools, organizations and business in the DC area. Also, Dance Place has played a significant role in the creation of a model program for underserved youth and in the development of the DC dance community. Dance Place has enhanced the reach of its national presence while strengthening its connections to DC and its immediate neighborhood. Dance Place has become a strong community arts center and an important thread in the city’s cultural fabric, making Washington, DC a safer and more vibrant city in which to live.

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CulturalDC logoCulturalDC creates opportunities for artists and arts organizations that stimulate economic development and improve the quality of life in the greater Washington region. We envision the arts as a driving force in community development and as an integral part in sustaining DC as a vibrant metropolitan area. CulturalDC serves artists and arts organizations, arts consumers, developers and residents in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. CulturalDC began in 1998 when a coalition of government, business and creative leaders recommended the formation of a nonprofit organization to increase the impact of DC’s creative community. Our efforts ensure that there are spaces and resources for artists and arts organizations to live, create, exhibit and perform throughout the city.Visit CulturalDC

NURISH logoNÜRISH is a business incubator specifically geared to supporting DC’s budding food entrepreneurs. Our program includes a licensed commercial kitchen, a shared event space, a pop-up restaurant for rotating concepts, business education, youth foodforce development, mentoring partnerships, and creative initiatives to promote small, local restaurants and restaurateurs, as well as to promote the creative culture of food.Visit NÜRISH

DCAX SPONSORS

DCCAH logoThe DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Our Mission at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is to provide grant funds, programs and educational activities that encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities, so that all District of Columbia residents and visitors can experience the rich culture of our city. Our vision is to elevate the arts and humanities in the District of Columbia to the forefront of public consciousness, as a world class cultural destination.For more information on the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities please visit their web site.

CAR2GO logoCAR2GO gets DC going: Washington, DC is a city rife with energy and innovation, and here’s an innovation that fits the DC lifestyle as perfectly as dinner on the Georgetown Canal or a jog on the Mall. CAR2GO is everywhere in the district with 300 vehicles, which are always ready to go, for as long and as often as you want. No fixed rental stations, but plenty of benefits for your budget and the environment. Are you ready to get going in DC again?Visit CAR2GO

Spare Tire Productions logoSpare Tire Productions is a creative film production crew based out of the greater Washington DC area. We create high quality short films, music videos, documentaries and more.Visit Spare Tire Productions

Nathan Hill Design logo
Nh.d is a multifaceted design studio in Washington DC. Services include website design, logo & identity, illustration and screenprinting. Our work reflects a visual language that celebrates our passion for art & design and everything in between.Visit Nh.d
Alan KayananAlan is a DC Metro native and an enthusiastic contributor to the District’s arts community. Years ago, during a brief stay in Brooklyn, NYC, he became familiar with the Freelancer Lifestyle and quickly became an enthusiastic subscriber. He approaches each matter with great heart and lends his expertise on-stage and back-stage to organizations like The Pink Line Project, The Seersucker Social, and now the DC Artist Exchange. As a local musician, Alan has graced every stage in the District backing up musicians like BearShark and Margot MacDonald. He started stage managing Battles of the Bands at the 9:30 Club in 2008 and most recently helped lead the staff of the SuperNOVA Performance Arts Festival as it’s Project manager and Technical Director. For the DC Artists Exchange Alan brings 15 years of experience as a Photographer to the task of visually capturing the groundbreaking Panel Discussions and Swap Meets series. He is highly interested in the results that well coordinated collaboration can create and is excited to be involved.Visit Alan Kayanan