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The #aCreativeDC FIELD GUIDE to COWORKING + MAKER SPACES
recommends shared workspaces for individuals, some more informal than others.
These are places where creative work + making happens – some membership-based;
some you can just D R O P on into.
last update: July 2017
Exposed DC's frequently-updated guide to photography studio space, in + around DC.
1506 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC
Space for bands and drum lessons for all: this is practice space/rehearsal room rentals by the hour (plus more - visit site).
Monday - Friday 1PM - 11:30PM; Saturday - Sunday 10AM - 8PM
Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Road, SE Washington, DC
Buckling down/spreading out with laptop or notebook is encouraged during open hours at this Anacostia E P I C E N T E R; the bright + sunny lounge area has a good amount of seating (both tables and a couch situation) and is great for meetings.
+++ open to the public; free wifi; coffee/food options in the building via Art-drenaline.
Tuesday - Thursday 10AM - 7PM; Friday - Saturday 10AM - 8PM; Sunday 10AM - 3PM
1800 Wyoming Ave NW, Washington, DC
BUREAU is a boutique co-working space in Adams Morgan, designed with entrepreneurs in mind and serving as a sanctuary for women to network, collaborate, and share ideas. This designer space is also available to rent for photo shoots, pop-ups, or private events, and hosts regular gatherings and specialty WERQshops to bring the local community together.
+++ wifi and a variety of beverages and snacks included
Contact for hours.
8121 Georgia Avenue Suite LL1, Silver Spring, MD
A ten minute walk from the Silver Spring Metro Station, Catylator (CAT-uh-later) is a maker space with programming + membership providing access to learning, access to new advanced technologies, and access to a supportive, inclusive, community whose culture is centered around people helping each other - we dig that, hard.
+++ 3D printers, woodworking tools, laser cutter, software, computers, and more. View the full equipment list here.
Visit site for hours, events, and membership info.
DC Fashion Incubator
@ Macy's Metro Center
An incubator space + program to support the fashion community by providing shared work + showroom space, educational programs, workforce training initiatives, and networking/mentoring opportunities.
+++ business mentoring, retail + publicity opportunities, small business technical assistance, technical design assistance, seminars/workshops in fashion design & commerce, financial planning, business planning, business registration, branding assistance, networking opportunities, legal and business assistance, and connections with factories and seed capital investors.
Members must commit to the one-year program and 35+ hours weekly usage of the space.
Visit site for membership application and other requirements.
The DC Public Library
26 branches // all four quadrants, Washington, DC
+++ open to the public; free wifi, free workshops + events, and infinite research resources.
Free, with some services requiring a DC Public Library Card.
Hours vary by branch.
Digital Commons - closed for renovations
MLK Jr Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW, Washington, DC - Ground Floor
The Digital Commons is a slept-on DC resource: with 70+ computers loaded with software incl. the Adobe Creative Suite, it also offers access to an Espresso book machine (SELF-PUBLISH ALERT) and meeting rooms/gathering spaces aimed at encouraging creation and innovation.
+++ open to the public; free wifi and all of the above
Free - see hours here.
FAB LAB DC ^^^
1418 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC
"Give ordinary people the right tools, and they can create the most extraordinary things." FAB LAB DC is a high-tech fabrication laboratory + community workshop space in the heart of DC, and at the forefront of /// an incredibly linked-in part of /// a global network of Fab Labs around the world. From fine art + furniture to Shelter 2.0, the revolution is being laser-cut/3D-printed on North Cap at the New York Ave intersection.
Offerings include workshops, events, speaker series, & exhibitions. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fab Lab at DCPL - closed for renovations
MLK Jr Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW, Washington, DC - Third Floor
The DC Public Library's Fab Lab is a DIY space for learning, making, and collaboration.
+++ 3D printing, laser cutters, soldering equipment, woodworking tools, and more.
Free with a DC Public Library Card. Most equipment requires an orientation workshop + training.
Monday - Thursday 12PM - 8PM; Saturday 10AM - 5PM
The Hive 2.0
1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC
"The great thing about HIVE members is not only do they contribute to our co-working community but to the community at large. Our members shop in local stores, provide services to local businesses, patron local arts venues, and employ local residents. So while we can't promise you a 'hipster's paradise,' we can promise that you will make a difference. In exchange for your support we provide below-market membership fees, nifty perks, and a low-stress co-working community."
+++ wifi, 24/7 access, flexible terms, meeting space, access to office equipment
Visit site for membership application.
The Lemon Bowl ^^^
3015 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Where the city’s creative and curious gather to learn new skills. Located in the Park View neighborhood, this former deli-turned-maker space houses expert-led workshops, intimate events and fruitful conversations between makers and those who didn’t know they were makers. See also: D E L I G H T F U L visuals.
Visit site for workshop + event calendar and membership information.
Locale Workspace + Locale Workroom
1320B H Street NE + 52 O Street NW
Intimate work environments for creatives who embrace a modern work lifestyle: the Workroom (at the 52 O Street Artist Studios) is for meetings, pop-ups, and event rentals, while the Workspace (located above farm-to-table fave Sally's Middle Name) is for getting your day-to-day. Minimal but warm decor = Instagram paradise at both locations (and sincerely - good people abound here).
+++ wifi, free coffee + snacks
Visit site for membership, day pass info, and location hours.
2439 18th Street NW, Washington, DC - upstairs
The Lookout is a video collective that operates like a co-working space for independent video professionals and boutique production companies. "We’ve built a strong community for video industry craftspeople that facilitates greater opportunities, more work, and actual ‘creative' collaboration. Our members are dedicated to producing amazing quality videos with heart." The space often hosts events + screenings - get to the Adams Morgan rooftop + catch the view to understand where the name came from.
+++ resources vary per membership option - visit site for more information.
703 Edgewood Street NE, Washington, DC
A culinary incubator in the Brookland/Edgewood neighborhood that supports up-and-coming food entrepreneurs by providing commercial kitchen space, institutional knowledge, and extraordinary opportunities. "Mess Hall supports a vibrant and diverse local food community. Our members come together to collaborate, leverage shared resources, and gain access to a breadth of professionals with decades of industry experience."
+++ 10k sq ft. w/4 shared kitchens, walk-in refrigeration, office space, storage, 24/7 access and event space
Visit site for membership information.
4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD
Around since 1981, Pyramid Atlantic relocated from Silver Spring to the Hyattsville Gateway Arts District in 2016. "We believe that prints, handmade paper and book arts are a source of inspiration, that experimentation leads to discovery, and that creativity is the cornerstone of the learning process. It is our goal to inspire artistic excellence, promote educational enrichment, and foster community engagement through programs and activities that promote the appreciation of these artistic practices." In short - if you work with prints or paper, this is your place. From their v. affordable Art Gym memberships to private studio spaces, there are a ton of ways to get in there and roll your sleeves up as a member.
+++ papermaking studio, print shop, letterpress studio, bindery, darkroom, wood shop, private studios for artists, gallery for exhibitions.
Monday 10AM - 6PM, Tuesday - Thursday 10AM - 6PM and 6PM - 9PM by appointment, Saturday 10AM - 6PM, Sunday 12PM - 5PM and by appointment
Share Space DC at Mulebone
2121 14th Street NW, Washington, DC
A free community work space on 14th Street, open weekdays in the bright/beautiful/art-filled dining room of Mulebone. We shot our #aCreativeDC ANTHOLOGY 002 there – check it.
+++ $3 unlimited coffee refills, a full menu of healthy eats, refreshing drinks, free wifi, color printing and inspiration.
Free. Open Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM
Studio Lab - closed for renovations
901 G Street NW, Washington, DC
Whether you're podcasting, recording your band, or looking for G R E E N S C R E E N time, DCPL's Studio Lab covers all things production. Available for band practice, video shoots, photo shoots, etc, the resources are free with a DC Public Library Card + orientation workshop.
Visit site for hours, orientation details, and release forms.
2619 Evarts Street NE Washington, DC
"TasteLab is a place where people have the time, space, and equipment to make amazingly delicious things at fair market prices in DC." The 8k sq. ft culinary incubator uses both fixed membership prices and flexible a la carte pricing for those looking to have a smaller footprint: "We love our city. We love great food and drink. We love helping people make amazing things."
+++ 2 large walk-in refrigerators + 1 walk-in freezer; individual locked/secure storage rooms; shared office space; 24/7 office and event space; fenced in parking lot and more.
Visit site/contact for membership info.
2110-B Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA
"TechShop is a 22,000 square foot do-it-yourself maker space located in metro-accessible Crystal City, w/a full-service wood shop, metal shop, a variety of CNC machines, electronics, 3D printing, lasers, and a textiles shop, among lots of other things. Our mission is to empower our community to design, create, make and build...we also welcome those who have never picked up a hammer in their life, but want to learn! Our amazing community of members help each other out, share project ideas, learn from one another’s experience and expertise, and have a lot of fun making cool stuff."
+++ 50+ classes and workshops, wifi, free popcorn + coffee
Open daily, 8AM - 2AM except for major holidays. Free tours offered daily, at the top of the hour, from 9AM - 9PM.
Visit site for membership info.
"Union Kitchen builds successful food businesses. Our operations drive value to food businesses and build success at every stage of growth. By working with our food system, businesses can make their products in our kitchens, move their products through our distribution channels, and sell their products at our corner Grocery stores."
+++ over 23,000 square feet of professionally managed kitchen space, vending and catering opportunities, access to investors and tools for success, preferred vendor relationships.
Visit site for membership info.
workFlow at Flow Yoga Center
1450 P Street NW, Washington, DC
A wellness-based co-working space in Logan Circle, blending quiet & natural-light filled work spaces, yoga and meditation breaks + community.
+++ Organic/local tea, coffee, snacks; 1 yoga class included per day, with 2-3 options for classes; meditation breaks; aromatherapy bar; one-on-one access to Flow teachers for personalized sessions, including Thai Yoga bodywork, yoga, meditation, stress management, + more.
Monday - Friday, 9:30AM - 4PM.
Membership + drop-in prices listed on website; free first visit.
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