Open Stories

Open Stories

An Exhibition Series through a Partnership with DC Public Library and the Maryland Institute College of Art

DC Public Library’s Open Stories is a series of summer exhibitions that will provide opportunities for people to experience art through poetry, photography and the book arts. The community is invited to contribute to the diverse stories of these neighborhoods with many opportunities to participate! Keep track of all of our events on Facebook.

Through poetry, photography, and book arts, Open Stories seeks to create and share the diverse stories of our D.C. neighborhoods. Open Stories will provide opportunities for people in the community to make connections through art. This exhibition series is a partnership between DC Public Library and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Curatorial Practice Program.

Poetry, Murals and Monuments @ Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library is an interactive exhibition where participants will experience Shaw’s vibrancy and culture through its murals, monuments and the spoken word of D.C. poets. Participants and poets will then contribute their experience to an exhibition at the Shaw Library. The walking tour took place on Saturday, June 18. The opening reception for the exhibition will be Tuesday, July 5 at 7 p.m.

Photos of Petworth @ Petworth Library The Petworth community is invited to tell stories of their daily lives through photography. All community members are invited to submit photos on Flickr. Fifty photos will be printed and displayed in our showcase at Petworth Library. Two photography classes will be available to photographers of all levels. The photos will create a visual time capsule that will be preserved in DC Public Library's permanent collection.     

Now-July | Submit photos of Petworth on Flickr 

June 11 and 25 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Learn Street Photography

August 11 | Showcase  

Open Shelves @ Mt. Pleasant Library is an interactive exhibit for our multilingual community to learn from each other while becoming authors, artists, and collaborators in handmade artists’ books. The exhibit will grow as the community continues to add words and art to the books while the exhibit is on view. The focus is on community curation, collaborative art and the concept of ‘open works,’ which are pieces finished by the user, a term coined by philosopher Umberto Eco.

June 4, 2016 | Open Shelves Art Workshop at Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market

July 1, 2016 - July 31, 2016 | Open Shelves Exhibit on view

July 7, 2016 | Open Shelves Opening Reception

July 16, 2016 | Open Shelves Art Workshop at Columbia Heights Farmers’ Market

July 21, 2016 | Open Shelves Artist Talk

Open Stories is made possible by support from the DC Public Library Foundation.