MISSION / HISTORY
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that serves as a catalyst for contemporary art. WPA supports artists at all stages of their careers and promotes contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, issues, and ideas that stimulate public dialogue on art and culture.
Originally established in 1975, WPA operated out of various locations in Washington, DC until its merger with the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1996, when the organization was reconstituted as the Washington Project for the Arts Corcoran. While based at the Corcoran, the WPAC initiated and supported a broad range of exhibitions and projects both at the museum and at off-site locations in Washington, DC.
In 2008, WPA returned to full autonomy and formally separated from the Corcoran. From its current Dupont Circle location, Washington Project for the Arts continues to provide opportunities for local artists to gain exposure for their work, and fosters connections between artists, curators, arts patrons, and the general public.
Read a more detailed history of the WPA HERE.
Visit the website for our 35th anniversary exhibition, CATALYST, to see more information about past exhibitions, participating artists, locations, board members, programs, and stories about WPA. Click HERE.