District of Change: Making D.C. Better for the Arts

District of Change

The District has a rich cultural history, including the Go-Go scene, punk rock, the Washington Color School and other artistic movements, which flourished at a time when D.C. was thought of as a government town. As the city continues to grow, can artists still find a welcoming home in D.C.? How can the city continue to foster these creative movements?
More than 100 people gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to discuss D.C.'s changing art and music scene at the DC Public Library’s first District of Change event. 

Hosted by Matthew Yglesias, former Slate correspondent and current executive editor of Vox Media, panelists and the audience talked about how the District’s art scene has changed over the last 30 years. 
The panelist were:
  • Holly Bass, a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, as well as writer and director
  • Brendan Canty, a D.C. musician, composer, producer, filmmaker, and former Fugazi drummer
  • Victoria Reis, Co-Founder and Executive & Artistic Director for Transformer D.C., a nonprofit that supports and promotes local artists
Read a review of the program published in the Washington City Paper here.
District of Change is a discussion series that examines how the growth of Washington, D.C. has affected the people that live and work here.  Each event will address a topic pertaining to D.C. culture and feature a panel of guests who will lead the discussion. The series is produced by Slate editor David Plotz and author Hanna Rosin with support from the DC Public Library Foundation.  Upcoming topics for District of Change will include education, gentrification, transportation and more.