During Literary Week at BloomBars, 35 writers will take the stage, over the course of three author readings, to share work from their books. Continue reading Literary Week at BloomBars
In my last message, I shared everything that happened this year at BloomBars. We have a lot to be proud of, but there’s so much more to come next year.
Here’s the really exciting thing: 2017 will mark the tenth anniversary of BloomBars!
The artists, performers, teachers, musicians, and volunteers who keep BloomBars running have big plans for our next year — and beyond. And after nine years of nurturing, growing, and blooming, we’ve come a long way. But we need your support to make 2017 our biggest year yet.
Make a year-end donation to BloomBars now through Fractured Atlas. It’s tax-deductible!
Thank you and have a happy new year,
John R. Chambers
Chief Executive Gardener, BloomBars
Tuesday, February 14th at 7:00 pm
In honor of Black History Month, BloomScreen and the Africa World Now Project present…
Pieces of Identity (Pièces d’identités) (1998, 97 min), by Mweze Ngangura – The fable of an old African king and his wayward daughter is updated to present day Brussels to point out some of the most troubling issues of cultural identity facing people of African descent in the ever-widening Diaspora of the late 20th century. Continue reading Tu 02/28: BloomScreen and the AWNP present: Pieces of Identity
2016 has been a, well, we’ll say an interesting year. But wait! Before your brain goes to someplace political, here’s a reminder of some really great things that happened this year:
- BloomBars was voted the “Best Arts and Culture Nonprofit” in DC by supporters like you in the Washington City Paper’s annual Reader Poll – the fifth year in a row!
- The Washington Post Magazine wrote a full-page article highlighting our many children’s programs
- Our A/C broke! But thanks to generous supporters like you, we were soon keeping it cool (and now HOT) once again
- BloomBars family member 123 Andrés was honored with a 2016 Latin Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album
- Baba Ras D celebrated his 900th Harambee at BloomBars
- Artist in Bloom Resident Rochelle Rice released her debut EP The Wonder to critical acclaim
- Renowned jazz musician Mark Meadows launched a monthly program featuring students from Duke Ellington School of the Arts… in addition to winning “Best Recording” “Best Composer” Washington City Paper 2016
- Artist in Bloom Resident Elena Lacayo toured her native Nicaragua and the US and launched an indiegogo campaign to support her second bilingual folk-album
- Artist in Bloom Resident Tamika Love Jones celebrated two years of her weekly Little Treasures kids program and took a group of high school students to the United Nations to perform original music and facilitate workshops about social justice at the Global Youth Conference in New York.
- Artist in Bloom Resident Dante Pope toured the globe with celebrated musicians Kenny Wesley, Raheem DeVaughn and Dom Felmons and started work on his debut album
- We hosted the production of an awesome video highlighting products touched by child labor and child slavery made possible by the Child Labor Coalition.
- We hosted Generation Listen with NPR, a podcast “listening party” and discussion about vulnerability & change
- We hosted tribute events to honor Prince – a dance party for kids and a gathering of artists for all ages
- We welcomed dance and music performances from around the globe, including performers from Turkey, Finland, Japan, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Senegal, and the UK.
- Our BloomScreen film night partnered with DC Independent Film Festival for International Women’s Day, in addition to weekly independent film screenings every Tuesday
- We kick-started a new weekly Spanish-language program (Conta Conmigo) and re-started our French-language music program Nous Bloomon en Francais
- We hosted several gallery exhibition featuring local visual artists
- We won three grants from Writers & Poets to host poetry workshops by queer writers of color at BloomBars
But most of all, we continued providing opportunities for diverse, multi-lingual, multi-generational communities to gather in a culturally rich and alcohol-free environment, day in and day out!
It hasn’t always been easy, but I’m really proud to say that BloomBars has been there through all the difficulties that 2016 has brought. And here’s where you come in:
Thanks for keeping this intentional community going… and making 2016 memorable. Seriously, we need your support now more than ever.
Forever grateful. Always in service. Trusting in love.
Until soon, keep blooming.
John R. Chambers
Chief Executive Gardener, BloomBars
Saturday, November 5th, from 7-9pm
The Gallery at BloomBars presents “Cause/Change” – an exhibition by The November 5th Artists Group that brings together a unique class of individuals who challenge the techniques, subject matter and boundaries of art through the pursuit of their individualist visions. Continue reading Sat 11/5 – Opening Reception: Gallery at BloomBars presents “Cause/Change”
BloomBars is going solar! We will harness the power of the sun to power our building on 11th Street, NW. BloomBars strives to create a safe, creative, green space inside our building. Going solar is one more way we can help the community bloom even brighter. Continue reading BloomBars Goes Solar
In case you missed it, check out the Washington Post article about BloomBars kids’ programming! Read it here.
It’s time. BloomBars is looking to re-imagine our website, so we can better serve our community. We’d love to assemble a ragtag group of volunteers to help make this a reality. Continue reading Wanted: Web Team Extraordinaire
Saturday, June 18, 2016 11am – 6pm
Kick off the summer with us this June at the 11th annual Columbia Heights Day! Our one-day street festival is a celebration of the diversity and community of Columbia Heights. Continue reading Columbia Heights Day is HERE!