The SW arts scene is about to expand further. A 15,000 SF space initially designed for a performing arts venue at 1250 Maryland Avenue at The Portals has finally found a tenant. A lease was recently signed by Art Soiree, which according to the organization’s website is “a Washington, DC based organization that is committed to curating, conceiving and realizing contemporary art exhibitions, festivals and art projects.” The organization has been around for seven years and during that time, they have hosted hundreds of pop-up events at different venues, but the Portals will allow them to have a permanent space to host exhibits and special events.
According to ABRA, the name of the venue will be Artechouse and will serve as a multi-purpose facility, an arts and cultural gallery space with multifaceted program uses, including but not limited to theater, exhibits, live music, performances, film screenings, installations, public and private events. The maximum occupancy will be 375 people and they plan to host about 200 events a year. At a hearing back in September, the applicants expressed their desire to open in time for the Presidential Inauguration in January 2017. An ABRA hearing is scheduled for December 12 and ANC 6D will consider their CX license application tomorrow.