Union Market District Announces New Art, Cultural Experiences This Fall


Museum for Black Girls, New Murals, Group Show of Deaf Artists
Curated by Gallaudet University among September-October Activations 

EDENS announced today new installations and activations in Union Market District that showcase the neighborhood’s diverse mix of artistic talents and cultural offerings. Highlights include a new, large-scale mural installation by DC-based artist Clarence James, the grand opening of Museum for Black Girls, and a group show curated by Gallaudet University of Latin American artists who are Deaf.

There’s no better time to visit the District: Union Market (“the Market”) celebrates its 10th anniversary this month, and La Cosecha’s annual Voces Latinas celebrations extend through October—there’s plenty of activations here to alleviate post-Labor Day blues:

The Museum for Black Girls | 1256 4th St NE | Opening September 6  

This Labor Day, the Museum for Black Girls, an interactive, multi-room art installation will pop-up in Union Market District after successful runs in Denver and Houston. Conceived and produced by Charlie Billingsley, this immersive experience provides an open platform for creative black women to produce their own art installations or performances.

Festejamos el arte de los Sordos | Balcon (inside La Cosecha) | October 1 – 30 

In its first-ever collaboration, Gallaudet University and La Cosecha are partnering to provide a Deaf experience through art. Curated by Leticia Arellano, an ASL evaluator, trainer and mentor at Gallaudet, this exhibition features works by Deaf artists from Latin American countries.

“Lead Me, Guide Me” | Mural by Clarence James | 4th St NE + Morse St 

Inspired by the artist’s grandmother, Clarence James’s quadtych of portraits are intended to offer a moment for meditation and alignment with universal truth, allowing spirit and intuition to be our guide through a specific use of mixed media materials and an eclectic iconography of figurative elements. A graduate from Howard University, Clarence has exhibited his work through art pieces, mural installations and immersive experiences in DC, New York, Los Angeles and Miami.

“Cusqueñita” | Mural by Roberto Seminario | 1280 4th St NE (inside La Cosecha) 

The city of Cuzco is embodied by this girl in traditional clothes, worn with pride for her roots. A metallic circle represents the gold of Incan ancestors and beyond, set against a background inspired by the Mountain of Seven Colors. A generous gift from the Embassy of Peru, Cusqueñita is the culmination of a live painting event during celebrations of the 201st anniversary of Peruvian independence. Roberto Seminario, aka “Sef,” grew up in Peru’s historic Pueblo-Libre district where he started as a graffiti artist.

DC Mural Tours | Union Market District | Thurs, Fri, and Sat  

DC’s only guided tours of murals and public art in Union Market District and NoMa resume on Thursday, September 24, after a late-summer hiatus. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11:00 am (tickets are required), visitors can explore the ever-changing street art scene in these neighborhoods. For more information, visit

For more information about these and other happenings at Union Market District, please visit: and follow @unionmarketdc.

About Union Market District 

Pioneering vision is the driving force behind Union Market District, an historically relevant neighborhood of sights, sounds and tastes that continues to thrive today. Expanding beyond its origins as a food market to include shopping, dining, arts, entertainment and community events year-round, Union Market District is a discovery destination—a place for creative enterprise and authentic experiences.

More than 35 independent merchants and purveyors of food and drink operate within the Market, alongside a unique mix of small businesses, nationally recognized retail brands and highly rated restaurants located throughout the broader Union Market District. La Cosecha, a contemporary Latin American marketplace and culinary embassy located in UMD, is designed for community and conversation—carried by a philanthropic mission to foster business education throughout Latin America. An open-air rooftop bar and green space with stunning 360-degree city views distinguishes Union Market District as a destination like no other.

About EDENS 

EDENS is a retail real estate owner, operator, and developer of a nationally leading portfolio of 110 places. Our purpose is to enrich community through human engagement. We know that when people come together, they feel a part of something bigger than themselves and prosperity follows—economically, socially, culturally, and soulfully. EDENS has offices in key markets including Washington, D.C., Boston, Dallas, Columbia, SC, Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte, Houston, Denver, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. For additional information, visit or follow @WeAreEDENS.


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