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Open Studios at Jackson Arts Center April 26 & 27


The Jackson Art Center Spring Open Studios will be held Sunday, April 27 from noon to 5:00 pm, with a special preview on Saturday, April 26 from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Both days offer working art studios open to the public and children’s painting workshops.

On Sunday, guests can enjoy complimentary refreshments and live music while visiting the studios of more than 30 local artists who work in the 19th century Jackson School. Throughout the day, Jackson artists will lead a workshop for children in painting in the styles of Picasso and Cy Twombly.


On Saturday, children age 9 and up are invited to a watercolor workshop while younger kids design and paint cards. Select artists’ studios will be open for visiting Saturday.

Both days’ events are free and open to the public. No workshop registration is required.

The Jackson Art Center is a community of more than 40 artists working in studio space in the historic Jackson School, a former DC public elementary school operating in Georgetown from 1890 to 1971. The Romanesque revival style building remained empty for several years until a group of local artists and the Corcoran School of Art and Design joined in the 1980s to lease the building from the DC Public Schools and turn it into an art center for classes and private studio space. The turreted red brick building with its high, wide windows and soaring ceilings made it ideal for studio and art instruction space. In 1990, the Corcoran moved out and the artists took over the lease, allowing many more local artists to rent affordable studio space in the city. In 2000, the artists incorporated, becoming the non-profit Jackson Art Center.

Jackson Art Center is located at 3050 R Street.