As of September 2018, we lost our lease in DC and are looking for a new location, most likely in Baltimore. Stay tuned...We'll post news on social media.  

January 18, 2017: Live It Learn It Presents: DC Voices

An evening of storytelling from three local Washingtonians: a teacher, a skater, and an activist. All proceeds from this event will fund experiential programming for underserved DC youth. 


Kelly Jones - Special Education Teacher at Orr Elementary School 

 Jamal Gray - Leader of The Nag Champa Arts Ensemble and Uptown Art Space 

 Tailor Coble - Food Justice Advocate and Fresh Farms Teacher at Langley Elementary 

 Musical Guest: Dove Lady (

Live It Learn It is an organization dedicated to using experiential educational to boost student academic achievement & motivation in DC's Title I schools. Through engaging field trips and interactive hands-on lessons in the classrooms, we work to expose our students the world. 

Flyer by JD Deardourff

Open Studio DC presents a Spring showcase of local artists and musicians at Big Chief bar in Ivy City.

The event is free, with an optional donation to benefit Empower DC's work for economic and racial justice in DC


Adrienne Gaither


Alejo Salcedo


Ani Bradberry


Carolyn Hartmann


Christine Bang


Darius Frank

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Erik Martinez Resly


Hope Sorensen


 JD Deardourff


Joseph Orzal


LA Johnson


Laura Hartmann


Pepa Leon


Rose Jaffe








RSVP Here:

February 14th, 7-11pm

$5 + donation

1135 Okie St. NE Open Studio DC

"Operation Consent is back in DC this Valentines day! Come out as we support No DAPL protests at Standing Rock. Because consent is in everything, from valentines to Indigenous land." Operation Consent is a recurring, interactive exhibition "with the mission of transforming a society of rape culture to a culture of consent."

The exhibition has occured in DC in 2016 at Union Arts and in LA in 2017. This installment of Operation Consent DC will include a variety of artists from the DMV whose work will range from illustration to interactive installation. All proceeds from show will go to Standing Rock/NoDAPL. 

Operation Consent is a project within the community based arts collective, I Cannot Complain 

 Participating Artists 

 Rose Jaffe @roseinks 

 Bournenaked @prematureicon 

 Darius Frank @DefCise 

 Sana Manejwala @MmmSanaNana 

 Regine Daniels @DannniDarko 

 Tae Hamm @taehamm 

 Mya Carmichael @myazilla 

 Elise Dorsey @cyborgshawty 

 Rebecca Bean @BeccaOfPrunes 

 Alem Lee @alemworldwide 

 Roxanna Madjd @withloveroxana 

 Maurice Andreas @IceTheEndless 




This is the third installment of Aunty's Tea Party at Open Studio DC. All visual art, performance, and curation by young women and femme artists from the DMV.

Saturday, October 1st, 7pm - 11pm: BLINK

Saturday, October 8th, 11am - 2pm: Intro to Screenprinting Class

Saturday, October 15th, 7pm - 11pm: Aunty's Tea Party II

Saturday, November 5th, 7pm - 11pm: Rem Sleep

Saturday, December 10th, 8pm - 12pm: Aunty's Tea Party III

AUGUST 20th, 2016 8 PM

"AUNTY'S TEA PARTY is an all girl art event aimed at creating a space for young female artists to share their work, grow, and connect with one another. Featuring visual artists, photographers, merch, live painting, and live performances from female artists in the DMV area. Aunty's Tea Party kicks off at 8pm on August 20th, at Open Studio DC. Come one, come all, bring your friends, and enjoy a night of great art, good vibes, and girl power ♥"

curated by: 

Jahni Threatt 

Paula Martinez 

Taylor Forsythe 

Siddisse Negero

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A celebration for the release of Baltimore-based music and arts magazine, True Laurels. Come as selected art, photography and sounds from the issue will be on display.

Friday, June 17th

Open Studio DC

1135 Okie St NE Washington, DC. 8pm - 10pm

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True Laurels is a print magazine dedicated to highlighting the most captivating and untapped artists within Baltimore City’s visual arts and music scenes while still surveying the international playing field to feature rising global stars alongside Baltimore's brightest. Started as a blog in late 2011 and becoming a physical publication in 2013, True Laurels was created by Baltimore City native and journalist Lawrence Burney (published in Complex Magazine, XXL, The Fader, Pitchfork, VICE) to highlight the widely untapped creative scene in Baltimore. Whether it be talking to street rappers like YGG Tay, featuring photographers like Geneviève Mame Kodou Dieng, covering events by all-female arts collective Balti Gurls or featuring international artists like South Africa's Petite Noir, True Laurels has aimed to create a one-stop destination for those interested in what Baltimore has to offer in context of the global vantage point through feature stories, candid artist diaries, photography and interviews. 



Baltimore Sun/ 

Marc Steiner/ 

Purchase Issue 01:

Thursday, March 31st: NoMüNoMü and CMPVTR CLVB, art show and DJ's at OSDC

Sunday, April 10th, 2 pm: Damaged City Fest's Art Exhibition and Show at OSDC featuring performances by Gaucho (Toronto), J.J. Doll (NYC), Zipper (DC), Flasher (DC)

Friday, June 17th, 8-10 pm: True Laurels Zine Release DC

Baltimore based zine True Laurels presents their latest issue with a DC release party including art from the zine, live music and a DJ.

On December 11th from 6 - 11 pm, Open Studio DC presents "SHOW POSTERS," an exhibition of poster art made for concerts and other shows in DC, as well as Baltimore, Philly, and New York. Lots of posters, both digital and hand-made prints, will be on view and for sale, as well as other work by the artists.

The event will also include food, drinks, and live music! All proceeds from poster sales will go to the artists. Suggested $3 - $5 donation at the door


Dayanita Ramesh

Mike O’Brien 

LA Johnson 

Sophie McTear 

Anthony Dihle 

Shawn Hileman 

Kevin Sottek 

Maddy Wolpow-Gindi 

Jourdan Betette 

Sarah O’Donoghue 

Theresa Chromati 

Marie Demple 

Graham Jackson 

Rose Jaffe 

J.D. Deardourff 

James Walker 


Dais (DC) 

Drama Section (NYC) 

Shakai Mondai (Philly) 

Abdu Ali (Bmore) 

We are located on the second floor, and are very sorry to say that our space is not wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this.

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