The Economic Enhancement Committee works on economic development behind the scenes.
Business Assistance Grant
Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets offers business assistance for retail businesses (shops, restaurants, services, galleries, and museums) in our service area. If you need ideas for your façade, getting control of your Yelp account, marketing through FaceBook, or setting up events through Eventbrite, this program is for you. The business assistance grant is for consulting time and will be offered until funds are expended by September. Click here for an application.
First Friday is a perennial favorite in Dupont Circle, organized over the last 30 years by galleries around the neighborhood. Ten or so galleries, retailers, embassies, and historic houses stay open late the first Friday of every month to showcase a new artist. This free gallery walk is a great introduction to fine art, including world class painters and emerging artists. Marketing First Friday has made a dramatic increase in visitors by using social media. New faces are coming to galleries for the first time, and it is remarkable. www.FirstFridayDupont.org.
Art All Night
Each September, we organize Art All Nigh, thanks to a grant from the Department of Small & Local Business Development and support from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. This year was successful with 14 locations attracting 17,000 people. The number of galleries and art spaces was varied, and we attracted visitors to all locations. www.artallnightdupont.org.