About the 8th St Arts Park

A dynamic community space on 8th Street NE in Brookland / Edgewood!

Dance Place, along with a dedicated volunteer Steering Committee, has transformed the empty alley between the Brookland Artspace Lofts and our newly renovated building into the 8th St Arts Park! With a dedicated staff, unique creative design, gardens, public art commissions and 100% FREE programming, the 8th St Arts Park serves as a national model for creative placemaking and building community. Leading the charge for responsible revitalization, our Arts Park is the first community park in Brookland / Edgewood NE DC built by neighbors, for neighbors.



Share your ideas for 8th St Arts Park Programming

Do you have an idea for a workshop, project, class, community initiative or event? We want to hear it! Submit your ideas via application form to sarahg@danceplace.org. Please keep in mind that all programming on the Arts Park must be 100% FREE to participants.

Limited funding is available for Arts Park programming. See application form for details.

If you have questions about programming proposals, please direct them to Sarah Greenbaum at sarahg@danceplace.org.


Public Artwork in the Park

Charles Bergen
Valerie Theberge

Arts Park: Public Art Commissions

First round of public art commissions were made possible through the generous support of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. More photos to be added soon!

Major Founding pARTners

Ap funder pyramid 8.4.16

History of the Project


Arts Park Design Image 2 by Rajan Sedelia

Drawing by Rajan Sedelia from Arts Park Community Meeting

The Park is located in the currently empty Kearny Street Alley between 3305 and 3225 8th Street, NE in Brookland/Edgewood. The space serves as an emergency route to the train tracks and is controlled by the District Department of Transportation’s Public Space Division, who have issued their support for the project. The site sits just off the Metropolitan Branch Trail and is two blocks away from the Brookland/CUA Metro station and bus stops.


The space will be converted into an artistic, playable green space. Nothing permanent can be built in the middle due to the emergency route to the tracks. Possibilities include lighting and canopy overhead, chairs and tables on the side, fountains, a convertible outdoor stage and much more. The Park will also include rotating public art commissions from local artists.


The Park will host interactive programming for all ages, including (but not limited to) games, music concerts, movie nights, community gardens, dance presentations, workshops and more. See examples of Dance Place’s community programming here:


Art on 8th Music Performance by Sahel. Photo by Chantal Cough-Schulze.

Winter/Spring 2015 – Community engagement and selection of architecture firm
April-September 2015 – Preview programming on-site as part of Dance Place’s “Art on 8th” presentations
Winter/Spring 2016 – Construction and installation
Summer 2016 – Soft opening with launch of park programming
September 2016 – Grand Opening of Arts Park


The Park is designed to truly be a community asset. To ensure that the many diverse stakeholders have a voice in the Park’s development, Dance Place has convened a Steering Committee of residents, businesses, artists and government agencies, who will lead the process of design and programming selection.

Arts Park Design Image 3 by Rajan Sedelia

Drawing by Rajan Sedelia from Arts Park Community Meeting

Arts Park Steering Committee Members
as of July 1, 2015
Charles Bergen – Monroe St. Market Arts Walk Artist
Tom Bridge – Brookland resident
Joe Butler – Artspace Projects, Inc.
Deborah Crain-Kemp – Office of Planning
Cyril Crocker – Brookland Resident, Friends of Rhode Island Avenue
Melanie Davis – Brookland Artspace Lofts Manager
Laisha Dougherty – Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie’s Office
Kim Driggins – DC Office of Planning
Hazel Ruth Edwards – Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning
Ruth Forman – Brookland Artspace Lofts resident artist
Valerie Grant – Brookland Resident
Michael Henderson – Friends of Edgewood
Mike Henehan – Dance Place Board of Directors, Bozzuto Group
Charles Hostovsky – Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning, Brookland Resident
Edward Johnson – Edward M. Johnson & Associates, Greater Brookland Business Association
Stephanie Liotta Atkinson – The Menkiti Group
Janice Marks – Brookland Resident
Lesa McLaughlin – Excel Movement Pilates
Carla Perlo – Dance Place
Deborah Riley – Dance Place
Allan Rivlin – Dance Place Board of Directors
Anne Robinson – Councilmember Grosso’s office
JR Russ – Brookland Artspace Lofts resident artist
Rajan Sedelia – Brookland Artspace Lofts resident artist
Adam Weers – Dance Place Board of Directors, Trammel Crow
Colleen Willger – DC Office of Planning Ward 5 Planner
Lavinia Wohlfarth – Wohlfarth Gallery


  • Lead development and design of park in partnership with the Arts Park Steering Committee
  • Present, fund and staff programming
  • Oversee maintenance and security of Park


Dance Place Garden Club 2014 by Denaise Seals

Dance Place Garden Club 2014 by Denaise Seals

Founded in 1980, the mission of Dance Place is to build a community of artists, audiences and students through high quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs for audiences of all ages. Since 1986 Dance Place has been a resident of Ward 5, offering weekly dance performances, daily classes and a wide variety of youth programs. We are proud to serve as “the hub of dance activity in Washington DC” (Alan Kriegsman, The Washington Post) and be the recipient of the DC Mayor’s Arts Awards for “Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education” and “Excellence in Service to the Arts.”


Arts Park concepts have been presented at these Community Meetings:
January 14, 2015: Brookland Artspace Lofts/Dance Place Meeting
January 20, 2015: Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association Meeting
January 26, 2015: Edgewood Civic Association Meeting
January 28, 2015: ANC 5B Meeting
February 4, 2015: Friends of Edgewood Meeting
February 11, 2015: Dance Place Community Meeting
February 17, 2015: ANC 5E Meeting
February 18, 2015: Greater Brookland Business Association Meeting
September 15, 2015: Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association
September 28, 2015: Edgewood Civic Association Meeting
October 20, 2015: ANC5E Meeting
April 19, 2016: Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association Meeting
May 17, 2016: ANC 5E Meeting
May 23, 2016, Edgewood Civic Association Meeting

Arts Park Surveys have been collected at:
March 23, 2015: Edgewood Civic Association
March 25, 2015: ANC5B
April 21, 2015: Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association
April 9, 2015: Brookland Livability Study Meeting 1
May 25, 2015: Brookland Livability Study Meeting 2
May 29-30, 2015: DanceAfrica, DC Festival