What is Day Eight?

The non-profit Day Eight is a leader in delivery of innovative community arts programming in the District of Columbia. Founded in 2005, the organization manages two programs: the arts magazine Bourgeon, and the dance company Bettmann Dances.

The arts magazine written by artists, Bourgeon works to increase participation in the arts and to improve access to the arts. Bourgeon serves as a bridge-builder between contemporary artists and audiences. The dance company Bettmann Dances provides communities with superior contemporary art experiences.

In some faiths it is said that the world was made in seven days. The name Day Eight asks us to remember that every day is the eighth day, the first day after creation. Day Eight’s programming strives to expand the understanding of possibility, inspired by the act of creation as necessarily connected to a moment in time. Remembering the moment of creation – this moment – may be helpful in allowing creation of future days that are happier, healthier, and more fun.

According to the United Nations Development Programme, there were 1.2 Billion malnourished humans in 2004. Even in a world of 1.2 BILLION malnourished humans, ESPECIALLY in a world of 1.2 billion malnourished humans, there is a place for art. Art makes us remember, and helps us transcend the decision and indecision that led to 1.1 billion malnourished humans.

The name for this non-profit, which is an arts non-profit, is a reference to both the process of life, and art – which is to say, the process of being in the moment. The world is created with every word, and every dance, in every moment. Every breath we take is a new beginning. Every time we blink we start again. Our programming is designed to contribute to the audience’s awareness through performances, classes, workshops, and publications.

Like many not-for-profits Day Eight benefits from the support of volunteer and in-kind contributions. If you’d like to be involved in our work, please email Day Eight founder Rob Bettmann at rob@dayeight.org. Day Eight also needs your financial support. Please visit the “Support” page on this website to make a tax-deductible contribution today.