In 1982, New Community Church was founded as a biblically and neighborhood-based church with a racially, culturally and economically mixed membership, operating both weekday and Sunday ministries. In 1999, ArtSpace was created by Rachel Dickerson as an artistic extension of the New Community Church, serving the Shaw and surrounding neighborhoods with exciting art programs, workshops, seminars, and membership opportunities.  

ArtSpace provides an affordable avenue for artists of all ages and walks of life to express themselves, share and gather skills, create economic opportunities and find common ground through art while adding significant value to the renewal of the Shaw neighborhood. 

Our rich variety of programs are offered all year round and are taught by amazing working artists and experienced volunteer teachers. These individuals are deeply passionate about their craft and eager to share their talents with others.

Throughout the year, The ArtSpace Exhibition Program showcases the talent of the Shaw neighborhood and greater Washington DC area. The artwork addresses relevant issues, showcasing new talent and increasing exposure of both emerging and established artists. 

Come visit us and participate in our great program!