Art in the Park(ing lot) Brings Free & Fun Activities to Rhode Island Ave NE this Summer

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July 8, 2016, WASHINGTON, D.C. – ReCreative Spaces, Mid­-City Development, and local artists and organizations are pARTnering to launch Art in the Park(ing lot) this July in the NE DC neighborhood of Brentwood. Through a series of fun, interactive events for all ages, the initiative seeks to promote local engagement and neighborhood wellness, while also increasing curb appeal of a dilapidated shopping center along Rhode Island Avenue NE.

In July, programming will kick off with a series of hands-on art activities, live music and dancing, and other wellness events (TBA). Mid-City launched this initiative, which will bring together local groups, organizations, and community members, as a way to make the Rhode Island Avenue NE experience more dynamic and inclusive in the coming years. ReCreative Spaces will curate, produce, and manage these free outdoor events and workshops, specifically tailored for local interests in the parking lot of what was formerly known as Brentwood Village Shopping Center (1301 Rhode Island Ave NE).

With input from the community and through collaboration with local artists and organizations, ReCreative Spaces will host weekly activities through mid October, which will transform the parking lot into a colorful oasis to be enjoyed by all. Events kick off with a chance to join local artists for visual and performing arts workshops, and include an opportunity to help beautify the parking lot. This event series is FREE, open to the public, and family friendly. For the latest updates, to offer input via a brief online survey, and for more information about Art in the Park(ing lot), visit

Weekly Programming – July
Building + Art | Saturdays, July 16, 23, 30 | 10am-12pm | FREE
Movement + Music | Thursdays July 21, 28 | 6-8pm | FREE
1301 Rhode Island Ave NE
Additional dates + activities TBA!
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Mid-City Development offers a proud tradition of expertise in the development, acquisition, oversight, and management of multifamily rental housing. Unlike other real estate development and investment firms, Mid-City focuses on long-term value and enduring relationships, proudly carrying on the tradition of strategic public-private partnerships and quality housing established by our esteemed founder, Eugene F. Ford. Founded 50 years ago, Mid-City is a family-owned firm with a 40-year history of committed investment in the Rhode Island Avenue Corridor. Dedicated to RIA’s sustainable evolution, Mid-City will remain invested in the community indefinitely. For more information on the new development, ‘RIA’, visit

ReCreative Spaces designs places for communities to gather and share their passion for art of all kinds. We work with property owners, developers, city agencies, small businesses, and organizations to drive awareness and traffic into otherwise underutilized spaces. By offering site-specific programming and events we aim to cultivate artistic expression, build community, encourage social collaboration, and increase civic participation.


Artists, creatives, and community organizations interested in participating in Art in the Park(ing lot) programming may fill out the brief online survey or contact us directly;


This post is a copy of a recent press release from ReCreative Spaces shared with permission.