The Arts Council, currently consists of both formal and informal arts groups in our parish. Here is a brief description of each:
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 20 years ago by a member of our parish, the late Mary Craighill, the St. Mark's Dance Studio has been training dancers primarily in ballet and jazz. Classes for both children and adults, beginner and advanced, are available and open to both parish members and the community. Private ballroom lessons are also available for wedding parties. For more information, please contact Rosie Brooks at 202/543-0054.
Music at St. Mark's: This program brings professional musicians to our beautiful space. Concerts are announced as they are scheduled and have included choral pieces and instrumental music ranging from Renaissance to contemporary.
St. Mark's Players: Originally established to create "chancel drama," parishioners soon broadened their scope and included more popular kinds of theatre. The Players celebrated their 30th anniversary season in 2011 . For information about up-coming productions, auditions, or opportunities for volunteer work, see St. Mark's Players.
Visual Arts Group: Those who engage in painting, sculpture, or their many permutations are encouraged to share their work with the parish through art shows and liturgically-oriented events. Visit the Visual Arts section to see work shown at recent exhibits. Visit theLiturgical Arts section to read about works that St. Mark's artists have created for use in our own church and as gifts to congregations with which we have a special connection.
Yoga Center: For more than 20 years the St. Marks Yoga Center has offered time for meditation and body awareness. All are welcome.
Informal Arts Groups:
Architects: Our neo-Romanesque-style church was completed in 1894. We are fortunate to have a number of architects who act as volunteer consultants to the parish as we continue to maintain and refine our beautiful space. While this group is mostly informal, architects new to the parish are always welcome to participate in decisions affecting our space.
Fiber Arts: St. Mark's is unusual in that it has virtually no original needlework, save two banners, neither by parishioners. With renewed interest in liturgical textiles, this group welcomes all the needle arts, from embroidery and needlepoint to weaving and knitting. The Fiber Arts group is just getting started and would be delighted to include newcomers. Members can also provide instruction in most of the needle arts for young people ages 12 and above. Email Michelle Strange, or call 301/270-5179 (knitting), or Susanne Allen at 202/547-1636 (needlepoint, etc). Meetings are monthly.
Writers: We are pleased to have a number of published authors and professional writers among our members. We support the work of the members of this informal group by holding book signing parties when a new work is published.