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Rhizome DC Community Booklet, 2021-07-04

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc031_booklet.pdf

Scope and Contents

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D.C. Oral History Collaborative (DCOHC) is a citywide initiative to train community members in oral history skills, fund new and ongoing oral history projects, connect volunteers with oral history projects, and publicize existing oral history collections. DCOHC is a project of DC Public Library, HumanitiesDC, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. This collection contains oral history interviews, transcripts, and indexes produced by DCOHC grantees.


  • Creation: 2021-07-04


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Rhizome DC is a community space dedicated to art, activism, and community power. Our mission is to promote creativity as a force for personal empowerment and community engagement, to serve as a hub for people in the local community to connect around shared interests, passions, and curiosities; and to provide space and support for experimental and underrepresented arts, music, and culture in Washington, DC. We provide space for new music, visual and performance art, experimental film/video, immersive theater, interactive installations, experimental poetry, creative workshops, youth programs, and more. The organization was founded in April 2015 by six area residents to address the lack of a dedicated, non-commercial space in Takoma, where people could experience a wide range of creative activities, share knowledge and ideas, and in so doing, experience a greater sense of community together. Since opening our space in January 2016 with just a small team of volunteers and a shoestring budget, Rhizome has brought over 700 separate cultural and educational programs to our community, many featuring world-class touring artists, performers, and speakers from across the globe alongside some of the DC area’s most unique and creative practitioners, prompting the Washington Post to label us “the city’s most vibrant venue for underground jazz and experimental music.” In August 2020, we received news of a plan to redevelop the historic house we lease. The development project is currently under review by DC’s Historic Preservation Review Board. Once that is complete, building permits will be obtained, and we will have to move. The exact date and destination of our relocation are unknown (though it will be after June). None of this was a surprise: the experimental arts community has a long history of experiencing dislocation after dislocation.


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This booklet was printed in 250 copies and distributed in Takoma Park neighborhood Washington, DC to celebrate the Rhizome DC oral histories project, along with multi-disciplinary performances over the months of June-July 2021. This is the month when Rhizome DC was meant to locate its house in Takoma, but the move has been pushed until 2022, due to real estate developers having to work with historic preservation board. This booklet was printed from funds of Humanities DC.

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001