The Arts have long been an important part of our community life. In the 1990s, the Arts Council was created to bring all the arts groups under one leadership team. Over the years, the Council has contributed to parish life by introducing an annual parish picnic and fair and proposed what has become our annual parish-wide calendaring. The Council coordinates numerous groups and welcomes those interested in introducing a new arts-related activity or resurrecting one that has been inactive.
Choir at St. Mark's: We offer choral opportunities for singers from age 6 and up, with our Children's Choir, Boys & Girls Choir, and the Chancel Choir. Please click here to learn more.
Dance Studio: Founded more than 50 years ago by parishioner and professional dancer, the late Mary Craighill, the St. Mark's Dance Studio has been training dancers in ballet and jazz. In years past, the Dance Company performed in the DC area as well as traveling to the then-USSR. Classes for children and adults, beginner through advanced, are open to both parishioners and the community. Exercise classes and private ballroom lessons for wedding parties are available. The Studio is open and active six days a week. For more information: Rosie Brooks, Director, 202/543-0054.
St. Mark’s Music Studio: We have long had a strong music program. Helping that along is the opportunity for personal music development through lessons in piano, organ, voice, strings, percussion, etc., depending on the instructors available. For information contact Jeff Kempskie, Studio Director and Director of Music.
Music at St. Mark's: A concert series coordinated by the Director of Music that includes a variety of performers and provides a venue for the biennial Washington Early Music Festival in June. Contact Jeff Kempskie, Director of Music.
St. Mark's Players: Established in the 1950s as "chancel drama," parishioners soon moved on to Gilbert and Sullivan and, eventually, to popular plays and musicals. The Players are now a non-profit participatory theater company presenting three highly acclaimed productions each year in the Nave. For information about this season’s productions, auditions, and opportunities for volunteering, visit the Players website at stmarksplayers.org.
Yoga Center: For nearly 40 years the St. Marks Yoga Center has offered time for meditation and body awareness. All are welcome.
Inactive Arts Groups: These groups are currently looking for leaders to revive their role in the community!
· Fiber Arts Group: Anyone with an interest in needlepoint, embroidery, quilting, etc. should contact the office.
· Writers Group: An informal group of amateur writers met to share and critique one another’s work.
· Visual Arts Group: Those with artistic bent (painting, sculpture, collage, photography, etc.) presented annual shows of liturgical or secular work. Several have produced items we continue to use or as gifts to our sister congregation, Lichfield Cathedral.