WPA’s recent move to the Capitol Skyline Hotel marks a significant milestone in its history. For the first time since splitting from the Corcoran Gallery in 2008, WPA finds itself in a location with facilities that extend beyond a traditional office space. The home of Washington’s annual (e)merge Art Fair, the Skyline prides itself on being a space welcoming to and encouraging the growth of Washington’s creative community.

WPA has organized two celebrations events taking place April 20 to welcome members and the community at large into its new home in the hotel. Like any good housewarming, the evening promises to be memorable. The 2013 – 2014 WPA Artist Directory Launch starts off the evening, and celebrates the release of WPA’s sixth edition of its guide to its member artists throughout the region. Artists and party-goers will convene over refreshments and drinks in the lounge of the hotel and Directory participants will have the opportunity to pick up their copies of the book.

As the evening progresses, the Artist Directory launch will flow into Sleepout, an all-night poolside sleepover. The even features performances and activities throughout the night. Blair Murphy, WPA's Program Director shares here thoughts on the event: "As we started discussing a housewarming party, we really wanted to do something that invited people to get comfortable in the space. A hotel is definitely an unconventional location for an arts non-profit and the sleepover theme plays that up, while highlighting the great possibilities that our partnership with the hotel opens up. I'm excited that we're welcoming everyone into the space for our first major event here and I'm really happy that we're able to present some fantastic performances and installations as part of the event." Artist Calder Brannock brings Cuddle Collaboration to the event, an interactive performance art piece where the artist interviews and cuddles with participants. Kathryn Cornelius and Maida Withers bring more performances to the event along with several other installations and experiences from other artists taking place throughout the night. And don't forget raffle tickets for prizes (including pajamas and cigars) to complete the evening! With the Artist Directory Launch and Sleepout, WPA hopes to provide a memorable celebration for members, artists and the community and looks forward to many more events in their exciting new space.

The 2013 - 2014 Artist Directory Launch is from 6-9pm in the Capitol Skyline Hotel lounge and is free to attend. Sleepout is a ticketed event, and runs from 9pm on April 20 until April 21 at 9am. Click here for more information and to buy tickets to the event.

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April 18, 2013