All of WPA’s programming begins with a question. On a rolling basis, we accept 100-word curiosity-driven research ideas from artists based anywhere. Our goal is to support artistic research and interdisciplinary practices through the development and presentation of multidisciplinary, collaborative projects, co-organized with WPA. We believe in artists as intellectuals and that collaborative ideation is a process—which can then lead to meaningful experimentation and imaginative cultural production.We encourage artists from all backgrounds and disciplines to submit their research ideas.
WPA opened as one of the District's earliest alternative spaces in 1975. In addition to providing artists a place to experiment, to meet artists from outside the city, WPA was also a place of belonging. Today, as the DC artist community becomes increasingly fractured, we believe it is more important than ever for WPA to support and nourish artist communities. That is why our programming is artist-driven. Artists need places where they can create the art scene they want to live in. WPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible to the amount allowed by law.