Sign of the Times Cultural Workshop & Gallery, Inc., since 1970 is a year-round cultural art center that help raise self-esteem in inter-city, at-risk youth in the Ward 7 & 8 encouraging them to become active in their communities and be evolved and expand their horizons in the visual, performing, literary arts, history and computer literacy.
Programs: Our year-round workshops are conducted in and after schools, libraries and at the gallery by professional instructors in their perspective fields, with emphases on hands on learning, field trips, visual aides and lecture demonstrations. Since 1970, SOTT has enriched the lives of more than 10,500 children, youth and seniors in the Washington community.
Gallery: Sign of the Times Gallery (formally Mrs. Powell’s) open June 2, 1972 is the first art gallery east of the Acosta River in the Ward 7 community. Our gallery showcase the many talented children, youth and young adults artistic expressions within there our community, though group, one man and woman exhibits. Local, National and Inter National artist who have showed in our gallery are; Sam Gilliam, Lou Stovall, Mike Easton, Perry Martin and Michael Platt. Also our gallery is a showcase for cultural exchange by co-sponsorship of exhibits with the Anacostia Museum (formally Anacostia Neighborhood), National Museum (formally the African Museum) and Fond Del Soul Galley.
On March 29, 2007 Sign of the Times formed a partnership with the McDonalds in Ward 7 and opened another first the “Minnesota Avenue Showcase” a 8’x 4’ enclose display case which is an alternative gallery showcasing that has had eleven exhibits for two weeks from DC and Charter Public Schools and organizations: Davis, Drew, Huston, Kenilworth, Nalle, Randle Highlands, River Terrance Elementary. Garnet-Patterson Middle, H.D, Woodson Senior High, Seed Public Charter and Sign of the Times Youth exhibit. The students, principles and art teachers are invited to the opening and receive “Certificate of Talent” from the Sign of the Times and McDonalds gave complementary Happy Meals to each of the young artist who’s artwork was part of the exhibit. This is a year-round program under the supervision of the Sign of the Times to showcase the artwork of our talented students give them total exposure to the greater community east of the Anacosta river. If your school, church, organization or family has artwork that they would like to be considered for the “Minnesota Avenue Showcase” give us a call (202) 399-3400.
The Sign of the Times is well know for its historical mural program that has specific expertise in coordinating mural projects, since 1972 when Jerome Wheeler a summer student apprentice in the program painted the first mural “The Creator’s Gift”. Since then hundred of youth with the oversight of professional muralist have been designed and painted murals throughout and beyond the Ward 7 community. Some of our most outstanding murals are:
U.S. Urban Housing Development (HUD) mural
Afro-American mural (Benco Shopping Center)
Afro-American mural II (Safeway Store, Ward 7)