Save Union Arts DC and The Disappearance of Creative Spaces


I hate writing a post like this again. A few months ago I was mourning the loss of the closest art space to me, which was Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring.

Now I am fearing the loss of an equally important space, Union Arts DC. Union Arts is one of the few spaces in DC which provides rehearsal space to musicians, in addition to providing artist studios. It is also a famous “DIY” venue in DC run by Luke Stewart who co-founded Capital Bop, and founded Creative Music DC. The space has hosted multiple Jazz and Avant Garde performances, but also every other genre of music under the sun.

To say Union Arts is the glue to DC’s creative community is not an understatement. It’s the truth. Right now, the space is at risk for being torn town and turned into a luxury hotel. While there has been promises for creative spaces from Cultural DC, they have been limited, and given to a group that rents  out spaces for a rather steep fee. This is especially the case with performance spaces which run into the hundreds of dollars per night.

I have performed at Union Arts myself, and some of my best performances were at this venue. It’s loss would be deeply felt, but I am not giving up.

The problem with this, is this is becoming a trend nationally. Art’s spaces are disappearing, and the truth is this is the only one of its kind in DC.

The picture in the post has information on what can be done, and I highly suggest if you live in DC, or have patronized Union Arts, to send an email to the zoning board and other officials in DC.

Some thoughts on NAMM

Because of a funeral, I had to skip out of writing anything with this years winter NAMM. This is not to say that there were not some interesting things shown this year, Make Noise contributed to the low cost modular market with the 0-Coast, and Arturia’s MatrixBrute semi-modular synthesizer introduced a novel spin on the matrix modular concept.

I will likely write more on both in the future.  The reality is it was a bit hard to keep up with things during the last few weeks.