"Awesome People in DC You Should Know" Series
Find travel inspiration and discover new wonders for your adventures in DC as some of the city's movers, shakers, explorers and creatives share tips on exploring the city even during the quarantine and what they're looking forward to once the restrictions lift.
DMV-native Dominic Green is a multi-disciplinary artist and storyteller who is currently focused on film, photography and play-writing; he has written and directed two film shorts "The Black Body" and "Awaken, Brown Eyes" which premiered at Atlas Performing Arts Center's "Intersections" festival earlier this year.
From a young age, Dominic has been fascinated with the duality of good and evil. This fascination was rooted in a spiritual upbringing, and stories of good and evil found in biblical text. Through these stories, Dominic developed a curiosity around the backstories of their characters, and how a moment seemed to shape the rest of their lives. Dominic uses his lens and writing to explore this central tension, and inherent questions of fairness and bias rooted in perception. We've said it once and we'll say it again, look out Spike Lee!
Find out what local places Dominic credits as some of his favorites and his suggestions for discovering spots that tend to be overlooked.
The content below has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity and length.
What local spot in DC brings you joy and why?
A local spot that brings me joy is a fairly new spot called The Nicholson Project located right near Anacostia Park off of Nicholson Street. It brings me joy because it's a location that showcases talented artists work from the DMV area and it also has a neighborhood garden. It's a great space that brings people to the area of the city that sometimes get overlooked.
What recommendations do you have for people to explore and discover DC while staying at home?
I would recommend that people follow @dcist, @wamu885, @eastcityart, and a host of other local publications and people on Instagram to see the city from all angles.
What's something new you've found out about DC while staying at home that you didn't know before?
One thing that I've found out about D.C. is about St. Elizabeth's Hospital and how it was used as a base for experiments with drugs and other substances around the 1940s. I think that it's fascinating.
Editor's Note: Opened in 1855, St. Elizabeth's Hospital was the first federally-operated psychiatric hospital in the United States. Today, it operates in a limited capacity with a majority of the campus undergoing development. The east campus was converted into the Entertainment and Sports Arena, operated by Events DC, in 2108. It's home to the Washington Mystics, the Capital City Go-Go and houses a practice facility for the Washington Wizards.
What's the first thing you're looking forward to doing in DC after the COVID restrictions are lifted?
The first thing that I look forward to doing once restrictions are lifted is going to the art museums again. I used to attend them frequently before COVID to get inspiration and some thinking time for my work.
Share your tips for ways locals and tourists can discover the "real DC" once things return to "normal."
Locals and tourists can discover the "real DC" by going to the Anacostia Arts Center to check out amazing shows by local artists and visit a great bookstore called Mahogany Books.
Follow Dominic Green on Instagram @thewritingdirector to stay up-t0-date on his latest projects. He's always working on something amazing!
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