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

Day Eight recruiting fall 2023 Back to School with Joy youth/caregiver workshop pairs

Day Eight and DC Schools are partnering on Bring Joy Back to School, a Student and [...]

Day Eight announces the 2023 Luce Prize winner

Day Eight is pleased to announce that poet Juliana Schifferes has been awarded the 2023 [...]

A Rabbit in Search of a Rolex by Regie Cabico forthcoming from Day Eight Books

Day Eight is proud to announce a forthcoming poetry collection by Regie Cabico from our [...]

Announcing the 2023 D.C. Poet Project Winner

At a culminating reading event at the Anacostia Public Library on May 7, Brandon Douglas [...]

Register for Summer Writing Camp with Day Eight

Register Your Child for Day Eight’s Summer Writing Camp for an Unforgettable Literary Adventure!  July 10th-14th, [...]

Day Eight’s 2023 Arts Journalism Institute

Spend a week studying with leading arts journalists at Day Eight’s third annual Arts Journalism [...]

2023 DC Poet Project Culminating Event May 7 at Anacostia Library

Day Eight is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2023 DC Poet Project competition: [...]

Announcing our 2022 Arts Journalism Competition Winner

Day Eight’s is excited to announce the winner of our 13th annual Arts Journalism Competition, [...]