Summer Arts Festival CANCELLED 🗓

Please Note: Summer Arts Festival 2017 has been CANCELLED

We want to THANK YOU for your interest in the RIAMS Summer Arts Festival 2017. After careful consideration, we have made the very difficult decision to CANCEL this year’s event. Due to logistics beyond our control, we don’t feel confident that we could produce the caliber of event that artists, vendors, and attendees alike have come to expect from RIAMS by June 10.
Please stay tuned for updates on next year’s event!
And in the meantime, please plan to join us Saturday, September 30 from 10am-4pm for our annual RIAMS Fall Fest!

Art Enables Exhibitions Running Thru September

The first exhibit, Ward 5 Wonders, includes work by six local artists who either live or work in Ward 5 in Washington, DC. Adam Bradley and Sarah Wegner both work in bronze, creating humanoid figures that struggle through issues of identity, aging, fear, and pain. Duly Noted Painters and Shawn Lindsay also represent humanity in their artwork, using dramatic, vivid, and unnatural colors of paint to elevate the mundane. Kim Bursic seeks to capture fleeting moments in her abstracted landscapes, painting images of destruction and chaos to symbolize moments of great change in her personal life. Shani C. Hernandez creates abstract paintings that visually represent her personal experiences, often using found objects and discarded electronics to criticize the disconnect found within human nature.

The second, New Works, features original work made within the past six months by Art Enables’ resident artists. As artists with disabilities, their themes can range from loss, love, past trauma, travel, and family to favorite TV characters and pop culture references, but they all have one commonality – a desire to share their story and unique perspectives with the world.

Guests can meet some of the New Works artists at the free Second Saturday Workshop on September 10th, 2016 1 – 4pm.

For more information about these events and the Art Enables artists, visit