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.

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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

Waking Up From The American Dream

Photo by Doug Sanford

Photo by Kris Northern

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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Free Festival Brings Yoga, Film Screenings, Classes, Dancing to the Mall

Although the National Park Service denied Catharsis on the Mall a permit to erect a 45-foot statue of a giant woman, the free festival will still bring art, music, yoga and dance to the District beginning Friday. The all-night, all-weekend affair begins at noon...
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Organizers scrap nudity plans for weekend festival outside the White House

Participants and artwork at this weekend's Catharsis on the Mall event will be fully clothed, as organizers have scrapped all plans to include elements of nudity for the event. Activists originally intended to bring a 45-foot-tall statue of a nude woman to the base of...
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No naked woman on the National Mall, but lots of other wild art

Catharsis on the Mall starts Friday. It’s button-down DC's version of the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert. But what’s fine in the middle of nowhere can be super controversial in the middle of Washington. The National Park Service decided a 45-foot sculpture...
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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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