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Our little quadrant has a big heart – and lots of art. While popular venues like the Anthem and Arena Stage are likely on your radar, here are a few places you might not know about but are worth a visit when they reopen.
While we’re lucky to have easy access to many world-class Smithsonian museums in SW, the Hirshhorn is particularly worth a visit for families looking to find their inner artists. They host a children’s storytime twice a week from September through July, and in addition to an extensive collection have a beautiful sculpture garden open year round.
Places to Hang Out
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With the National Mall and all its parks, museums, and memorials on the northern end of Southwest, there are a ton of famous attractions right in our backyard. If you’re looking for a place a little more off the beaten path, though, Southwest has some great spots to relax and hang out.
Situated on the Lot at 4th and M Streets SW, MarketSW is now entering its fifth season in the commercial center of the Southwest neighborhood across from the Waterfront Metro Station (green line), There is plenty of public parking among major office buildings, apartments and the thriving Southwest neighborhood.
The Saturday farmers market attracts hundreds of weekly shoppers including families, young professionals and home-owning seniors from the surrounding community.
With an inviting mix of creative businesses, food trucks, live music and family-friendly activities, the market evokes the lively feeling of a neighborhood outdoor living room.
This historic gem made its way to its current home more than 50 years ago and is a cherished place to seek some solitude and take in the beauty of the Potomac River. The Friends of Titanic Memorial Park host an annual Day of Service, so contact firstname.lastname@example.org or follow them @FOTMPDC to learn more.
A stone’s throw from The Women’s Titanic Memorial, this small, secluded park offers bocce courts, shaded seating areas, and views of the Washington Channel.
Events to Check Out NOW
No matter the season, there is always an event in SW! We’ve highlighted a few of our longtime favorites below – but we know there are so many more! Drop us a note with your favorites!
Due to the Corona Virus, all public events are cancelled. But here are some fun ways to stay connected. Check the websites for updated schedules.
SWNA HAS GONE VIRTUAL
SWNA meetings are held on the first Monday of each month (except July and August and holidays). The next meeting is scheduled for September 14th – via ZOOM – Meet the candidates for At-large council. Dial-in/Log-in info will be provided on the website calendar and via social media.
MASTERCLASS AT ARENA STAGE
Arena Stage has gone virtual!
Masterclasses will focus on playwriting, acting, stage management and design. Geared for adults, each class is two to three hours long twice per week on Wednesdays and Fridays. In an intimate setting of no more than 10-16 people per class, it is an exciting opportunity for community members to connect with experts in the field to hone their craft or be inspired to learn a new skill. Due to the overwhelming demand, we are requesting that students sign up for only one masterclass each. Click here for dates:
MOLLY’S SALON AT ARENA STAGE
A weekly Salon featuring artists and leaders of Arena Stage.These half-hour-long weekly conversations will include some of our best thinkers and creative firebrands. Molly will sit down with a variety of artists and leaders to discuss new ideas they are excited about and glimmers of hope for the future.
Thursday, July 2 7-7:30pm
Lawrence Wright, author and playwright, Camp David
Phylicia Rashad, actress, singer and director, every tongue confess
Robert Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts
Click here to Join
Thursday, July 9 7-7:30pm
E. Faye Butler, actress and singer, Oklahoma
Theresa Rebeck, playwright and novelist, Enlightenment
Timothy Douglas, director, Nina Simone: Four Women
Click here to Join
Thursday, July 16 7-7:30pm
Robert Barry Fleming, Executive Artistic Director, Actors Theatre of Louisville
Nathan Alan Davis, playwright and Power Play commissioned artist
Kathleen Turner, actress, Mother Courage
Click here to Join
Ways to get involved with local organizations
Southwest is a community with a long tradition of community activism and civic engagement so if you’re looking to contribute to your neighborhood, you’ve picked the right place! Here are five (of the many) ways you can get involved.
Friends of the SW Library
While SW has long been home to a quaint library at the corner of 3rd and I Streets SW, over the next few years it will be undergoing an exciting redesign project that will bring state-of-the-art technology, flexible working spaces, and a more efficient and modern layout while keeping with its tradition of being an important civic space where the community goes to meet, learn, and reflect. To get involved in this new chapter of the library’s history, email Georgine Wallace, the President of the Friends of the SW Library.
The Southwest Neighborhood Assembly
SWNA is a local non-profit that has been actively working to improve the quality of life for Southwesters since the 1960s – in addition to events and community meetings throughout the year, they support several Task Forces focused on specific community issues that are always looking for members, and can put you in touch with local organizations they partner with if you’re interested in volunteering your time to a good cause!
PAWS of Southwest
This community organization was founded to build community through neighbors’ shared love of dogs – and they are always looking for volunteers! We have them to thank for our very own dog park located in Lansburgh Park, so be sure to check it out with your pooch!
SW Community Gardens
Lansburgh Park also boasts the SW Community Gardens, which hosts communal garden beds, community events, and plenty of opportunities to put your green thumb to good use.
We are lucky to live in a neighborhood that has a rich history and attracts residents young and old. What better way to give back to those who have called this area home for years and learn about the city’s past than to volunteer at our neighborhood senior village!
Ways to get involved with local and District government
Beyond our community groups and organizations, there are also plenty of ways to engage in local government, both at the hyper-local level and at the greater District-wide level. All offer opportunities ranging from just learning more about local developments to making your voice heard. If you want to learn more before diving in, the Greater Greater Washington blog (for example, this article about how ANCs work and this primer on DC’s budget) is a great place to start!
ANC 6D Meetings
Next Meeting Mon, July 13th @7pm
The ANC will hold virtual meetings until further notice and will also offer a call-in option for those who prefer to listen via phone.
The hyperlink to connect to the meeting and call-in information will be provided below on the day of the meeting. You will be able to enter the meeting no earlier than 15 minutes prior to its scheduled start time. http://www.anc6d.org/virtualmeeting/
Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) are DCs form of local government, and all of SW fits within ANC 6D (which also includes some of our Navy Yard neighbors to the east) – everyone in SW lives within one of 7 total Single Member Districts (SMD) in our ANC, which elects a Commissioner to guide zoning and land use decisions within our neighborhood. Their monthly business meetings are a great way to learn about development proposals, hear about upcoming events, and get a sense of what issues matter to your neighbors. To request time on the agenda or to present a concern or problem to ANC 6D during Community Concerns period, call 202- 554-1795 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting & request time to speak. For more information, please refer to the ANC’s website .
Charles Allen’s SW Office Hours
Our Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen hosts office hours at a local coffee shop about once a month to hear about constituent concerns. Check out upcoming office hours (as well as other events) at his calendar here.
DC Council Hearings
If you’re a policy wonk or a passionate advocate, consider watching DC Council hearings – you can also attend and testify by getting in touch with the point of contact included on each hearing’s event page.
Meet with your Congresswoman
While DC doesn’t have a Senator, we do have a non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton has served DC and its residents for nearly 30 years – visit her website to sign up for her newsletter or find more information about constituent services.
District Boards and Commissions
If you have specialized experience or expertise in a particular subject, consider applying for a role on one of the District’s dozens of boards or commissions.