Washington Project for the Arts curates art exhibits in the Lobby Project. Creative original works by local artists from DC and Baltimore adorn the walls. Art shows will be held on the following Thursdays:

October 21: Opening Reception for Michael Crossett. 6-8 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Click here to RSVP. Light fare and drinks will be provided.

Stay tuned for our upcoming dates in December, February and April!

Past Art Openings:

November 2013: Event Launch and Opening Reception for Gabriel Mellan. RSVP for this free event here.
December 2014: Opening Reception for Amanda Burnham. RSVP for this free event here.
January 2014: Opening Reception for Edmond van der Bijl. RSVP for this free event here.
March 2014: Opening Reception for Fawna Xiao. RSVP for this free event here.


Nerds in NoMa

Bring on the Nerds: A Speaker Series Featuring Pop-Up Lobby Activation Project

‘Nerds in NoMa’ is a free speaker series that will let you explore your favorite nerdy topics, from transportation to beekeeping to local brewing. On six Tuesday evenings this winter, bring your happy hour crowd for a few drinks and learn something new from the city’s top experts. Wine, beer and tasty light fare will be available for purchase from the vendors of Union Kitchen. Dates are below. All evening events will be from 6-8 PM.

Nerds in NoMa takes place in the Lobby Project at 1200 First Street, NE, a new hub of activity, where you can connect, learn, use free wifi and enjoy tasty treats. A three-month pilot project, the Lobby Project is the brainchild of Harriet Tregoning, Director of the DC Office of Planning, and is being implemented by the NoMa Business Improvement District.

Past Nerds In NoMa:

  • Dec. 3, 2013: Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper: Better Cities.
  • Dec. 17, 2013: Crafting Local Brews & Spirits.
  • Jan. 14, 2014: The Future of Union Station.
  • Jan. 28, 2014: Growing DC Tech Cluster.
  • Feb. 4, 2014: Nature in the Urban Environment.
  • Feb. 18, 2014: NPR Spotlight.



1200 First Street, NE (Corner of First and M Streets, NE)
Closest Metro: NoMa/Gallaudet U (Red Line)

All lobby project events are free and open to the public.


About The Lobby Project

The Office of Planning’s (OP’s) Temporary Urbanism program transforms vacant spaces into active ones through arts, cultural, and other programming. As part of this program, OP is undertaking a ‘Third Place’ initiative that is intended to create a vibrant destination where people can socialize and work in what was previously an underutilized space. The initiative leverages OP’s previous temporary urbanism efforts as well as OP’s Creative DC Action Agenda and DC Vibrant Retail Toolkit, which together promote placemaking, entrepreneurship and vibrant destinations in emerging neighborhoods. The Lobby Project is made possible through a grant from the DC Office of Planning.

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