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Story District

Story District

While D.C. may be known as a government and nonprofit hub, I’m finding a whole new side of Washington every day. This weekend I went to the celebration of SpeakeasyDC, a storytelling organization where I take a class, rebranding itself as Story District. They had a carnival-type atmosphere of dozens of arts organizations from all over the District. We visited all of the different tables that highlighted the creative work of storytellers, comedian, writers, filmmakers, and visual artists. It was an inspiring and spirited evening that made me so happy to live in this city and be a part of its creative evolution. Here is a list of the participants from that evening. I hope you’ll check them out and support their incredible work!

  • Batala – an all-female Brazilian dance and drum corps
  • PoeMC – rappers
  • The Originals – dancers
  • Soul & Ink – interactive screen printing
  • Acre 121 – a local bar in my neighborhood that offers live music every weekend
  • Better Said Than Done – storytelling
  • BrandDave – artist
  • Creative Mornings / DC – monthly get-together for creatives
  • Dance Place
  • DC Shorts – short film festival
  • Docs in Progress – documentary makers
  • Figment DC – free arts exhibition
  • Flashband – musicians collective
  • General Assembly – co-working space for entrepreneurs that offers classes and events
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Impact Hub DC – co-working space for social entrepreneurs
  • Men’s Story Project – storytelling organization that shatters male stereotypes
  • Mortified DC – a storytelling project that features storytellers telling embarrassing moments from childhood
  • Photography by Alexander
  • Possibilities Publishing Company – independent small press
  • Recreative Spaces – temporary creative art spaces for hire
  • Sixth & I – performance space
  • Split This Rock – youth storytelling organization
  • Washington DC Comedy Writers – free Monday evening group of comedy writers
  • Washington Improv Theater
  • Women in Film & Video
  • Atlas Performance Space

About Christa Avampato

I make a living in business and I make a life as a writer, artist, and yogi. I use my business and storytelling skills to build a better world. My first novel, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, will be published in the Fall of 2017 by Thumbkin Prints, a children's and YA imprint of Possibilities Publishing Co. My creative career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, and financial services. In every experience, I have used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, program, and events to help people live happier, healthier lives. A recovering multi-tasker, I am a proud alum of UPenn (BA) and the Darden School at UVA (MBA). When not in front of my Mac, I’m on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. I am proud to New York City my home, and I've been called the happiest New Yorker by friends and strangers alike. They're right. Follow my adventures on Twitter at and Instagram at


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