On March 27, I went to Artini an annual fundraiser and cocktail party held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Artini is hosted by the Corcoran’s 1869 Society, a group of young professionals who have an interest in the arts and networking with like-minded individuals.  In addition to Artini, they sponsor the Fall Fête as well as numerous happy hours throughout the year.

I went to Artini with my friend/ex. It’s nice that we have so many shared interests and he was just as interested in going as I was. When he dropped me off to park I knew it was going to be an amazing event. 

The entrance of the Corcoran if you’ve never been is covered in beautiful white marble.  As I walked up to the building, there was a sign stating the museum was closed for a private party.  Once I walked into the door, I saw a massive staircase with multi-colored lights shining up the columns and a large crowd of people dressed to the nines.  It seemed like all of the young and beautiful people, surprising of all ethnicities, were gathered in one place. 

We were greeted by 6 stations to our left and 6 to the right, each was manned by a local mixologist (aka bartender) who created a special cocktail inspired by artwork on exhibition at the Corcoran.  My favorite drink by far was the Dark & Stormy prepared by Vannara of J&G Steakhouse at the W. It consisted of rum, lime juice, ginger beer and something called John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum. Absolutely delish!  All of the bartenders were so friendly and eager to please their awaiting public, one even made his drinks to the beat of the music, a true performer.
The food was definitely not what I expected, but was good nonetheless.  They had mini-burgers, demi-hot dogs, fried mac & cheese triangles, hummus & crackers, and truffled popcorn.  Glad they had something substantial because after testing out all 12 drinks if all we only had light finger foods everyone would’ve been drunk by the end of the night.  Then again, many people were but everyone seemed to have fun.
The DJ (Chris Nitti) started off playing techno music.  There’s something about techno that always gets people moving.  After a few drinks and touring the Turner to Cezanne exhibit, the DJ started playing “What is Love” made famous by Saturday Night Live and A Night At The Roxbury.  We instantly sarted doing the infamous head jerk to the beat along with others on the dance floor.  Next thing I know he started playing 80s music and everyone’s was dancing and singing along loudly.  By the end of the night he was playing Alicia Keys & Jay-Z’s “New York”.   I love a versatile DJ!
Not only was Artini an event I hope to place on my calendar for the next few years all of the proceeds go to support ArtReach, the Corcoran’s community outreach program. ArtReach extends the resources of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design to underserved communities in Washington, D.C. through free high-quality arts education programs.  Cheers to the 1869 Society for putting on such a wonderful event!
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