A once-abandoned movie theater complex in Northeast DC reopened in 2006 as the Atlas Performing Arts Center, a creative space and equitable home for artists and audiences to explore the ideas and issues of our time. Welcoming over 60,000 individuals annually, its affordable and innovative programming recognizes not only artistic excellence, but also artistic power in affecting economic development and transforming community. Their annual INTERSECTIONS Festival is a platform for 300+ artists to showcase unique performance events, while the Atlas Arts Lab supports artists in creating new works that engage with the community. Arts for Young Audiences and the City at Peace program, which helps youth explore social justice and conflict resolution, further inspire a new generation of performing artists. Alongside their Resident Arts partners, Atlas provides $1.8 million of free and reduced cost arts-based programs each year. Applause, please.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 6; Near Northeast in Washington, DC; Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: Maury Elementary School; Miner Elementary School; Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School; Two Rivers Public Charter School; J.O. Wilson Elementary School

Awards & Recognition

Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts - September 2012

Award of Merit from the Mid-Atlantic Construction magazine – 2007

Best rehab/renovation/reuse project award from the Washington Business Journal – 2006

Historic landmark designation by DC HPRB/SHPO – October 24, 2002


Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Atlas Performing Arts Center is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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