Day Trip to Hyattsville’s Arts District

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Just a quick 30-minute drive from National Harbor, you’ll find the town of Hyattsville, an up-and-coming Washington, D.C. suburb. The best part of Hyattsville is its growing arts scene. This community boasts a number of independent galleries as well as Busboys and Poets, a gathering place featuring poetry slams and more.

Hyattsville is the perfect place to explore the local arts scene, so make plans to spend a Saturday in this nearby small town. Here’s a quick guide to exploring the arts:

The Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance curates numerous exhibits and works with the City of Hyattsville and the Prince George’s Arts Council to cultivate a thriving local arts community. The Alliance offers show space, educational workshops, and art program venues so the public can explore their local artists and learn a thing or two themselves. Many of the members also teach private lessons if you want to discover your inner Picasso.

artdc Gallery hosts shows featuring Washington, DC metro area artists in the Lustine Center gallery, a 500-square-foot space with expansive glass windows. Stop by to see interesting exhibitions of sculptures, paintings, mixed media and more.

Art Works Now provides affordable art classes and projects for adults and teens. The organization is active in social justice issues and bringing art to the community, therefore reducing economic barriers to art education. Art Works Now is always looking for volunteers, so it’s a great opportunity to get involved in the arts while you’re giving back to the community.

DC Glass Works and Sculpture Studios offers glass blowing classes, studio space and equipment rentals, and special workshops right here in Hyattsville. The studio hosts periodic open houses, so be sure to check out the website and mark your calendar.

The CREATE! Arts Center offers everything you can imagine, as it relates to the arts, from art camps and classes to art therapy and parties. The center offers classes and workshops for both adults and children, and it also hosts Women, Wine & Art Workshops for groups.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center holds a variety of art classes to people of all ages throughout the year. For example, adult classes this fall include Metal Jewelry Making, Digital Photography, and Adventure into the World of Mosaics.

Greenbelt Recreation ARTS offers classes for kids, teens and adults in everything from ceramics and drawing to dancing and fiber arts. Classes are affordable, too, and additional workshops and events are offered throughout the year.

The Montpelier Arts Center is located next to Montpelier Mansion in Laurel and offers classes, performances, and art shows year-round. The Center has an interesting selection of classes like cartooning, rug hooking, welding, and bronze casting. Independent study is available as well.