Our Approach

We Pursue Solutions

In the face of all the challenges that we live with as individuals and communities, pursuing solutions can feel impossible. We are emboldened by the wisdom, “You are not obliged to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.”

With Partners

There is an aphorism that says, “To go quickly go alone. To go far, go together.” In our work we commonly partner to increase the quality and impact of our practice.

For Fun

Suffragist Emma Goldman is reported to have said, “If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution,” which reminds us that even while addressing serious topics the arts have a valuable capacity to entertain.

Day Eight creates...


From dance to spoken word poetry, Day Eight produces performances.


Our commitment to documenting the work of artists includes partnering with scholars.


Our arts journalism fellowship, annual arts journalism conference, and summer intensive, are unique learning opportunities.


Our events are developed with communities and community partners.

Ecological Engagement

Our social practice arts projects include the Anacostia Swim Club, an eco-arts retreat, and connected somatic projects.


Our exhibitions are grounded in scholarship and connect the work of contemporary artists to broader social practice issues.

REcent News and Updates

Announcing the 2024 D.C. Poet Project Winner

At a culminating reading event at the Anacostia Public Library Sunday, May 4, Amuchechukwu Nwafor [...]

2024 DC Poet Project Culminating Event May 4 at Anacostia Library

Day Eight is pleased to announce the finalists in the 2024 DC Poet Project competition: [...]

Register for Day Eight’s Summer 2024 Middle School Writing Camp at the Shepherd Park Library

Register Your Child for Day Eight’s Summer Writing Camp for an Unforgettable Literary Adventure!  Looking [...]

Announcing the 2023 College Student Arts Journalism Competition Winner

Day Eight’s is excited to announce the winner of our 13th annual DC-area College Student [...]

Call for Poetry Submissions: Celebrating Black History 

Day Eight’s literary magazine, the Mid-Atlantic Review, is pleased to announce an open call for [...]

Applications Open for Spoken Word Workshop Series with Regie Cabico

Day Eight is pleased to announce that applications are open for a spoken word workshop [...]

Announcing The Mid-Atlantic Review 2023

Day Eight is pleased to announce release of The Mid-Atlantic Review 2023, a print compendium [...]

Application open for Spring 2024 Writing Program for Middle and High School Girls

Day Eight is pleased to open application for our spring 2024 enrichment writing intensive for [...]