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

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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The Gingriches Were Very Alarmed About A 45-Foot-Tall Naked Sculpture

WASHINGTON — Three weeks before the National Park Service denied an activist group’s request to erect a giant statue of a nude woman on the National Mall, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke received an email from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.). The Oct. 3...
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No, you cannot have a giant bonfire on the Mall to mourn Trump’s victory

It started as a fringe Washington protest. The plan was to stay up all night, have a bonfire and march to the U.S. Capitol to demand more funding for veterans and research for post-traumatic stress disorder. But after Tuesday’s election, it morphed into something else...
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Catharsis on the Mall Launches Crowdfund to Install Giant Sculpture of Woman at the Washington Monument for Annual Healing Vigil

WASHINGTON, DC – Catharsis on the Mall, an annual public vigil dedicated to building community by creating space for healing and transformation, which coincides with Veterans Day weekend, is fundraising for this year’s upcoming event and also for the installation of...
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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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