A Platform for Arts Writing


Our publication program is a bridge-builder between contemporary artists and audiences. We believe that greater involvement in the arts can strengthen individuals and communities. The word Bourgeon is French for ‘bud’, as in, ‘a bud on the limb of a tree’.  Writing about art is not the flower itself; it is the bud. Click here to visit the online magazine website.

Jonathan Katz, Executive Director, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies:

“The book is full of revelations about works of art, about how artists work, and about the cultural richness of Washington, DC. Kudos to Robert Bettmann for giving us the fifty-first work of art, this well conceived and edited book.”

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Past funding partners include the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Humanities Council of Washington, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Bourgeon Book

In 2013, through support from Humanities DC and a successful Kickstarter campaign, Day Eight published a book featuring the writing of fifty artists. Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center, wrote, “I highly recommend it for any arts library.” Click here to learn more about the Bourgeon Book.

Student Arts Journalism

Day Eight supports an annual student arts journalism competition for undergraduates enrolled or recently enrolled at area colleges and universities. The DC Student Arts Journalism Challenge is designed to identify and support talented young arts journalists. Click here to learn more about our Arts Journalism Competition.

The Arts Writing Fellowship

Through support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Humanities DC, Brink Media, DCRE Residential, and The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Day Eight was able to create the DC Arts Writing Fellowship. Click here to learn more about the Fellowship.

The DC Poet Project

The DC Poet Project was designed to surface new poetic voices. Click here to learn more about the book by the winning poet, Susan Meehan.