Atlas Performing Arts Center
WISH LIST: $100: 1 toolkit for a Stagecraft Training apprentice; $500: tickets for a school group to attend a performance; $1000: artist’s stipend for an “Atlas Presents” jazz performance
A once-abandoned movie theatre complex in Northeast DC reopened in 2006 as the Atlas Performing Arts Center: a visionary, community-based organization committed to the development of the H Street corridor and the growth of DC's professional artists. With four performance spaces and a welcoming lobby and cafe, this 59,000-square-foot center provides a collaborative, supportive environment for up-and-coming actors, dancers, musicians, directors, designers, and producers, and extraordinary arts programming for the community. Arts Partners (including Catalogue non-profits Capitol City Symphony, City at Peace, Step Afrika!, and Joy Of Motion Dance Center) receive discounted or free performance and rehearsal space, as well as office space and promotion for their events. Each February, the newly-launched INTERSECTIONS Festival unites 600 local artists for over 100 performances, workshops, and classes. A summer Stagecraft Training program gives unemployed and underemployed individuals the skills and tools to become professional stage hands. Atlas is a home for artists and audiences. It has also been the catalyst for the revitalization of H Street – now aptly called “The Atlas District.” Applause, please.