Belmont Arts began in 1992 at the corner of 18th Street and Belmont Rd in the Adams Morgan community of NW Washington DC. This cooperative of Art and Enterprise was the idea of Jamal and Rashida Mims owners of the Sun Gallery, which occupied the street-level of the building.
1800 Belmont Arts became home for many of the District of Columbia African- American art innovators. The three-story building was divided into several spaces that became artists studios, galleries, boutiques, classrooms, and meeting rooms. After the close of 1800 Belmont Arts in 2002, the spirit of Belmont continued to live and thrive as “Belmont East” on 12th Street, NE in the Brookland community of Washington, DC.
The Belmont Legacy Project is a reunion of art and community.