Catharsis on the Mall

November 9th – 11th



Catharsis on the Mallexists to create accessible spaces for healing. We do this by expanding the bounds of expression, connection, and inclusion in public and civic places, through direct engagement in participatory art, political action, holistic modalities, and sacred practice that restores ourselves and our communities, fostering social change.

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Get involved with organizing, building, and running the event.

Support Us

We need financial support for 2018 infrastructure, large format art, and local grants.

Support Us

We need financial support for 2018 infrastructure, large format art, and local grants.

Art Theme 2018

Photo by Doug Sanford

Photo by Kris Northern

Catharsis 2017 Media Advisory

WASHINGTON, DC – Catharsis on the Mall, an annual public vigil dedicated to a creative community experience at which all are welcome, will host a press conference on Friday, November 10, from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in the northwest quadrant of the Washington Monument Grounds...
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Judge Won’t Allow 24-Foot Bonfire Near White House

A federal judge has refused to allow activists to burn a 24-foot-tall "Temple of Rebirth" this weekend on a section of the National Mall near the White House. The Friday afternoon ruling was taken in stride by organizers of the Burning Man-style event who hoped to...
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A Ceremonial Temple Burning Will Once Again Take Place On The Mall

On a cool weekend last November, more than 2,500 miles away from Black Rock City, fire performers encircled an elaborate temple near the base of the Washington Monument. When they stopped spinning and breathing the flames, artist Michael Verdon walked up to the...
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This 45-foot statue of a naked woman could be coming to the Mall for four months

A 45-foot-tall statue of a nude woman, weighing in at 16,000 pounds, will greet visitors on the Mall for four months if activists have their way. They say the steel statue would stand in a yoga mountain pose near the Washington Monument facing the White House,...
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Catharsis on the Mall to Hold Annual Healing Vigil During Planned “Military Parade” Over Veterans Day Weekend, November 9-11

WASHINGTON, DC – Catharsis on the Mall, a public vigil designed to create an artistic space for healing and transformation, is fundraising and calling for participants for this year’s occasion. Now in its fourth year, the vigil has been held annually during Veterans...
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