The Conversation About DC DIY Spaces
DC’s DIY scene, has never been more vibrant, with new spaces opening up all the time there is practically a show that happens every night outside of mainstream venues and many shows are packed to the brim. One of the many reasons I started this blog, to begin with was tell a story that I thought was not being told. All of my friends and coworkers thought DC’s DIY scene died years ago and this is just simply not the case.
Today my Twitter and Facebook feeds were in an uproar over an event being held at the National Building Museum entitled Creating Space for Artists that included a few developers and an artist priced at 20 dollars. Many of the members of the community that puts on their own shows and contributes to this vibrant community felt that not only were they not invited to be a part of the conversation about the art spaces in the city they worked so hard to build. In addition, the price barred entry to this much needed conversation. I know had I been asked to be on the panel on the need for artist spaces I would have put on my big kid clothes (I do clean up nicely) and spoke on the panel.
The DC DIY community struck back and hosted their own free round table discussion about the importance of DIY spaces at the O Street Studios.
I am happy that these conversations are taking place to begin with and that even if they are expensive they are still happening. I am glad that in two different locations in the city this conversation happened tonight.
To be honest, the DIY scene in DC is the only thing right now, preventing me from moving to Brooklyn or another city. It’s something that needs to be preserved and cultivated. However, if big developers get into the mix, in creating these spaces, it will loose it’s creditability and value. We need to make sure we don’t become a tourist attraction but that we build a long lasting creative inclusive community here in the city.