Art All Night 2022 is a chance for the city to celebrate the performing and visual arts. September 23 and 24, D.C. will be the center stage showcasing our city's talent diversity. The event highlights the intersection of art and business throughout our commercial corridors, placing artists on the center stage.
First presented as Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC in 2011 by Shaw Main Streets, Art All Night drew crowds of 30,000 plus to celebrate the art and local culture. Over the next ten years, the event grew to feature nineteen participating neighborhoods in 2021, with over 120,000 attendees from across the DMV to D.C. to celebrate the arts.
Art All Night is a collaboration between the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Department (DCCAH), D.C. Public Library (DCPLS), and the D.C. Main Streets programs, and the Business Improvement Districts. Each participating neighborhood will be a catalyst for corridor revitalization by highlighting music, visual, literary and performing arts, activating public spaces, bringing new foot traffic to small and local businesses within the corridor, and bringing an increase in business sales compared to a typical weekend night.
The festival will host different activations each night, bringing visual and performing arts, including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance, theater, film, and poetry, to indoor and outdoor public and private spaces, including local businesses and restaurants.