A once-abandoned movie theater complex in Northeast DC reopened in 2006 as the Atlas: a multidisciplinary, community-based venue where artists and audiences connect through dance, theater, music, and more. As the H Street corridor’s cultural anchor, the Atlas brings dozens of thought-provoking and affordable performances to its four stages each year. That’s in addition to the 85 collaborative shows, workshops, and classes that take place at its annual INTERSECTIONS Festival. Throughout the year, resident arts partners utilize the venue at discounted rates, allowing them to channel resources toward outstanding arts programming. The Atlas Stagecraft and Apprenticeship Program (ASTAP) trains adults to become professional stage hands, while the City at Peace program helps youth explore social justice and conflict resolution – and inspires a new generation of performing artists. This arts mecca draws 100,000+ patrons 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
- Atlas showcases cutting-edge music with 'Irreverence'
Sun Oct 21 2012, The Washington Post
Is Atlas Performing Arts Center is becoming the city's center for cutting edge music?
- Atlas grows and adds more jazz, New Music and theater for the youngest audience
Tue May 15 2012, The Washington Post
Atlas Performing Arts Center announces its 2012-2013 season
- Live Review: Ambrose Akinmusire's vigorous serenity at the Atlas Performing Arts Center
Thu May 10 2012, Capital Bob
Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire performed at the Atlas as part of its Jazz at the Atlas series.
- INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival
Thu Mar 8 2012, The Washington Informer
This year, the three-weekend festival, which opened the latter part of February and runs through March 11th.
- Intersections Festival at the Atlas features 700 performers
Sat Feb 25 2012, DC Theatre Scene
This year, the giant festival, which opened this weekend, has been expanded to 12 days to include 700 artists creating over 100 events.
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