Art All Night at DC Public Library

Art All Night at DC Public Library

Turn up the volume at Art All Night!

Tenley-Friendship Library | Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library | About Art All Night

DC’s free overnight arts festival is back in person and DC Public Library will be a part of it! Four DC Public Library locations will participate in Art All Night.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library | 9 p.m. - Midnight

The festivities at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will take place from 9 p.m. – Midnight. All events will be on Saturday, Sept. 25. Highlights of the event at MLK:
9 p.m. - Midnight
Great Hall | First Floor
The People's Lounge
Artist's Lounge with Deejay LIFE, artist displays and Open Mic poetry performances.
9 p.m.
The Labs | A Level
Go-Go City: Displacement & Protest in Washington, D.C. Go-Go City Screening & Discussion
With filmmaker Sam George and musician Ricky "Rocksteady" Brown who is featured in the film
10:45 p.m.
Main Stage | Outdoor Loggia
Black Alley Black Alley
Outdoor Concert by DC's own Black Alley.
Masks are required as part of the District’s mandate while inside the building.

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library | 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Make sure to check out what's on offer at Shaw Library for Art All Night. We'll have a variety of fun activities for all ages, including: 

  • Art displays by local artists.
  • Jewelry making at 7:30 p.m. Ages 12 and up can make stretch beaded bracelets.
  • A chance to participate in DC Public Library’s annual Evil Laugh Contest. For maximum creepiness, stop by our spooky selfie station where you can film your 10-second video. The contest is all ages and participants have a chance to win trophies and be featured in a show-stopping compilation video on the library’s Youtube page.
  • Games and Crafts for teens. Learn to create with gimp plastic (also known as boondoggle!) and play an assortment of board games.
  • A DIY painting session led by Artist Sydney Buffalow.
  • DIY Journal-Making for ages 13 and up. Limited capacity sessions will start at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. During this activity, participants will create and decorate their own handmade journals. Journals make great gifts and can be used for recipes, notes, creative writing and more. 

Learn more about what is happening in the Shaw Neighborhood for Art All Night! We hope to see you there! 

Tenley-Friendship Library | 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

The Tenley-Friendship Library reflects all ages and stages in our community, ranging from seasoned artists to some of tomorrow's brightest stars. Global dance, music, paintings, photography, textiles - there's truly something for everyone! Art lovers of all ages can also take part in interactive art experiences, including free henna tattoos.

Artists on Display
  • Nancy Arbuthnot: Watercolor landscapes of Rock Creek and surrounding areas
  • Bob Bowie: Landscape photography
  • Ryan Conlon: Paintings and prints reflecting natural and pagan motifs
  • Sofia Gawer: Mixed media acrylic paintings using upcycled materials and inspired by the natural world
  • Nicholas Ledyard: Paper illustrations of Washington, DC themes and maps
  • Juliet Crawford Schwab: Landscape and nature photography taken on vintage cameras
  • Paradise Simms: Mixed media art using recycled materials
  • Carina Tenaglia: Abstract paintings on the themes of social justice and the DC region
  • Anastasia Walsh: Paintings and mosaics, using upcycled tools
  • Cathy Winer: Trio of quilts put a modern twist on traditional designs
Performance Schedule
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Meadowlark Music performs for the young and young at heart outside the library
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Belly dancing performance and mini-class by Sahara Dance
8:45 - 9:45 p.m.: Bollywood performance and mini-class by Taal Academy
9:15 - 9:45 p.m.: Natalie J. Plumb sings in front of the library
10 p.m.: A cappella performance by the Singing Capital Chorus in front of the library

Art and performances at this venue are sponsored by the Edmund Burke School. Learn more about what is happening in the Tenleytown Neighborhood for Art All Night!

Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library | 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Enjoy a lineup of Women, Jewish, Black, and LGBTQ poets and an open mic led by Huffington Post contributor and founder of Day Eight Robert Bettmann. Learn more about what is happening in the Upper Georgia Ave. Neighborhood for Art All Night!

About Art All Night

DC Art All Night will take place from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. the following morning on two nights—Sept. 24 and 25. The festival will take place in sixteen (16) neighborhoods with different activations on each night, bringing visual and performing arts, including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance, theater, film, and poetry, to indoor and outdoor public and private spaces, including local businesses and restaurants.

The festival is presented by Mayor Muriel Bowser and in partnership with participating Main Streets and Business Improvement Districts, with support from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (DCCAH) and the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD).