Dirt is an independent platform and resource for accessible critical arts discourse within the DC, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) area.

Founded by a collective of art writers, art historians, artists, and curators, DIRT hopes to be an answer to the problematic lack of coverage, visibility, criticality, and authenticity within our immediate art community.

DIRT seeks to survey, publish, and disrupt the cultural landscape through essays, public intervention, exhibition reviews, poems, interviews, and other non-traditional formats.

With a focus on highlighting the DMV’s art, culture and history, we will use our online platform to advocate for our community’s network of artists, exhibitions, events and happenings in both traditional and unconventional spaces, while mediating within the rapid changing of the city to imagine areas of growth.

Paying homage to the history of DC arts, DIRT pulls its name from the Museum of Temporary Art (MoTA) exhibition archives (one of DC’s first alternative art spaces which ran from 1974 to 1982.). This show exhibited various forms of dirt taken from Washington, DC: construction sites, Rock Creek park, etc., and drew upon the urban fabric of the city to creatively and critically respond to gentrification in DC. We are inspired and driven by this spirit and aim to re-invigorate the art scene that MoTA participated in. Symbolically, dirt is essential, basic, needed for all things to flourish while containing the remnants of the past.