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Phase 2 of Art Place is under construction and scheduled to open in 2025.

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Art Place creates a unique destination, a collective, in which shared experience and community thrive.

Building a diverse and inclusive Art Place community is the only way to realize our vision for a safe, multicultural, multi-sensory experience at the intersection of art and place-making. Only from fostering respect among an inclusive team, to booking diverse performers and featuring under-represented voices and artists will Art Place achieve our highest potential.


Driven by a trio of interwoven cultural venues the Arts Place community will be celebrated through thoughtful shared experiences and the love of the arts.

Where art is part of daily life. Where creativity is a common thread. Where curiosity and wonder are an ever-present creative spirit.


Through our food, our architecture, and our programming Arts Place is all about partaking, not just watching or observing.

The curation and activation of common areas will allow guests to participate in an immersive journey from the moment they set their eyes on Arts Place.


We’ll engage the creative class while connecting to the heartbeat of Fort Totten - the locals who have lived there for generations.

‍Our ‘All Walks, All Hours’ approach will fuel our endeavors in the local neighborhood surrounding Arts Place as we become an asset for Fort Totten.

What is Art Place?

Performance Venue

Exciting performances
that capture the imagination.

A new 35,000 square-foot artist-friendly performance venue will feature touring artists, theater, and community programming. Events will be designed for full-day activation of Art Place: from a coffee offering at 7am to a nightcap after a show.


Ever wonder what it's like to bend steel with a blow torch?

A Maker Space for resident artists and guests, an Immersive Art experience and active programming along the 4th Street Walk will enliven Art Place throughout the day.

Neighborhood Retail

Explore fresh new retail options at Art Place.

When complete, Art Place will feature a 25,000 square-foot Aldi grocery store and bring an additional 27,000 SF of walkable retail to Fort Totten. Today Art Place (Phase 1) includes Love and Care Development Center, Ramdass Pharmacy, ShiningStars Dentistry, T-Mobile, DMV Urgent Care, Rocketship Public Schools and the just opened 40,000 square-foot OneLife Fitness and Sports Club.

Residential Apartments

Find your home at
Art Place.

Completed in 2017 The Modern at Art Place is a 520 unit apartment building which includes 100 affordable units just steps from the Fort Totten Metro Station. Art Place Phase 2 will include an additional 294 units framing the 4th Street Walk. 30 affordable artists residences and a new Maker Space in the expanded apartment complex will ensure art is not just experienced at Art Place but made.

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Food & Beverage

Celebrating the Art of Food

The new experimental Food Collective at Art Place is designed to highlight the art of food… a place where 20+ chefs can start up, be creative, and test new ideas. Anchored along 4th Street Walk the Food Collective, a Tap Room and a Speakeasy will accommodate friends meeting for coffee, families eating lunch before visiting the Explore! Children’s Museum or couples on date enjoying dinner before a show at the Performance Venue.

Family CEntered

Art Place is for Families

Along with children’s programming at the performance hall, Art Place will be home to the new Explore! Children’s Museum Hub. An engaging collection of exhibits and activities designed to spark creativity and wonder.

Explore Museum

About Us

Art Place is a development of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation the largest private, independent, local foundation dedicated exclusively to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The Foundation is the legacy of Morris Cafritz - one of Washington’s leading commercial and residential builders from the early 1920’s to the mid-60’s—and is committed to improve the quality of life for residents of the area.

In just the last ten years, $185 million has been awarded to more than 961 organizations in categories including Community Services, Arts & Humanities, Education, Health and the Environment.

Retail Leasing




Residential Leasing

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Art Place Address

5300 South Dakota Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20011

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