Artomatic – DC’s art-village-in-a-building

So many emerging artists in one city – how can one possibly see them all? Enter Artomatic, Washington DC’s five-week multimedia experience showcased in a single building that is one of those no-brainers as far as finding something to do on a given evening – this year being from May 9 through June 15 one block west from a subway station. Where else can you experience the work of 1000 local artists in one building over 28 days… for free? Not only that, but there are several events going on everyday, my favorite being the Afro-Brazilian all-women drumming group.

Previously held in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, what makes Artomatic unique is that it’s hosted in a new building that’s in between being structurally completed and tenant-ready. Because none of the walls, floors and ceilings are finished, the raw atmosphere fits the vibe of its content seamlessly, almost enthusiastically. Add to that the surreal feeling walking up to an animated building that looks more like a living exposed cross section of activity rather than your typical dormant office complex.

Image source: salvatore.ferro.