DC Artist Exchange Presents Panel Discussion on Studio Incubators

DCartistexchange (DCax) is a collaborative project developed by several DC-based arts and cultural organizations. DCax is a series of events and tools designed to explore new ways to build community. The kick-off series includes five panel discussions around the broad topic of artist space in the city, four in-person creative networking events called Swap Meets, and a website (dcartistexchange.org) meant to engage members through a virtual community space. 

photos by Alan Kayanan

The DCax Panel Series focuses on the broad topic of artist space in the Washington, DC area.

This Saturday, August 17, there will be a Panel Discussion that  focuses on artist studio incubators. These spaces are created by and for artists as places to work and create. Presenters will discuss the development and operations of these spaces.

You are invited for the following:
10:30am-11:30am – Panel discussion
11:30am-12:30pm – Walking tour (lunch included) to review, discuss and experience Dance Place, Brookland Artists Lofts, and after, we will head over to the Monroe Street Market to see the 27 artists studios and their two event spaces. Then back to the space for more panel conversation and ending at 2pm.

Panelists include:

Mike Abrams, Union Arts
Travis Bowerman, CulturalDC, Flashpoint
Kristina Bilonick, Pleasant Plains Workshop
Michael Janis, Washington Glass School
Lisa Neher, Jackson School
Paul So
, Hamiltonian Artists

Click HERE to get all the details for the event.

All DCax Events will take place at The Menkiti Group offices located at:
3407 8th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017

All events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Panel Discussions include:
Saturday   /   August 24 (Government Support)

      Saturday   /   September 7 (Private Property) 

DCartistexchange is collaborative project brought to you by Artomatic & partners ReSourceArts, Hamiltonian Artists, Dance Place (Art on 8th), Menkiti Group, CulturalDC, and Nurish. Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Artomatic Workshops are supported in part by Art on 8th, a project of Dance Place supported by the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” Program in partnership with the DC commission on the Arts and Humanities. Art on 8th is a collaborative project between Dance Place, CulturalDC and Abdo Development/The Bozzuto Group/Monroe Street Market.

Washington Post features Crafty Bastards


The most recent Washington Post Weekend section had an in-depth feature about the Crafty Bastards alternative-craft fair.
The Washington Glass School lays claim to two of the featured artists – Kristina Bilonick and Rania Hassan!
The article by Lavanya Ramanathan covers the Crafty Bastards fair in general, and has a separate focused article on each of the highlighted artists.

Rania Hassan photo by Dayna Smith for the Washington Post

Click HERE to read about Rania Hassan and her woven artwork. Rania often shows her artwork at the Washington Glass School open house events, along with her husband, glass artist Sean Hennessey.

Kristina Bilonick photo by Dayna Smith for the Washington Post

Click HERE to read about Kristina Bilonick’s prints and clothing. Kristina has been with the Washington Glass School since its beginning, as both artist and instructor. Her work as Program Director (more than a ‘party planner’ as the Post describes her) for the arts organization Washington Project for the Arts has really put DC area artists into the spotlight – it is nice to see some well-deserved attention come back on her!

Click HERE to read the article about DC’s alt-craft scene.