Brookland’s hip-hop scene gets the artist’s treatment with a festival celebrating local inspiration.

By Brittney Dunkins

Northeast locals add to community mural (Photo courtesy of Dance Place)

Dance Place (3225 8th St. N.E.) just made your weekend much easier to plan with the launch of Artland Temporium Project’s free event series, mixing interactive exhibitions, street art, dance, DJ workshops and of course, a late-night party.

The two-week (July 13-22) celebration of hip-hop sets up shop in Brookland tonight, with a reception and poetry reading by Holly Bass, at the Brookland Artspace (3305 8th St. N.E.) and wraps up the evening with Things Fall Apart(y), an explosive blend of live graffiti, fashion and politically inspired art presented by artist Rajan Sedalia.

Developed to promote cultural expression and celebrate the rich history of the Brookland neighborhood, and sponsored by ArtPlace and the DC Office of Planning, the festival takes over northeast storefronts to create pop-up, temporary art spaces, dubbed “temporiums.”

Check out our top picks from the festival below. All events are free and open to the public.

“Covered: Murals Street Art and Photography” Temporium

Where: 12th Street Gallery, 3500 12th Street N.E.

When: July 13-22, gallery hours Fri.-Sat. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Things Fall Apart(y)

Where: Brookland Artspace, 3305 8th Street N.E.

When: July 13-14, 6 p.m.-midnight

DJ Workshop and Dance Party with Words, Beats & Life Temporium

Where: DP3 (Island Jim’s and Colonel Brooks’ Tavern), 901 Monroe Street N.E.

When: July 21, 6 p.m.

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