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Looking for a unique venue for your next event?

Gallery interior - Rent this U Street space for your private event in DC

Smith Center and the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery are available to rent for your own special events! Located in the heart of DC’s culturally vibrant U Street corridor, within minutes of the Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan neighborhoods, our space is bright, versitile, and unique. We can accommodate receptions, dinners, fundraisers, classes, meetings, weddings, presentations, lectures and other special events for small groups up to 200 people.

From the modern sophistication of a thriving art gallery to the bright oasis of the inner courtyard, rooftop deck, and large sun room, Smith Center celebrates nature and the Eastern principles which guide its design.

Our space is an ideal venue for many types of events. Spaces include:

The Gallery
The street level gallery hosts exhibits throughout the year and is ideally suited for a cocktail, board meeting, dinner party, reception, or wedding celebration. Unlike the typical white cube gallery, the gallery space embodies and celebrates nature. Guided by Eastern design principles, reclaimed Brazilian cherry flooring represents the earth element, and floating ceiling panels against a blue-gray, backdrop bring in the sky element. The vital, living force of nature is represented by two Living Walls of plants at the front of the Gallery.

  • Size: 1,000 square feet
  • Capacity: 80 seated, 110 presentation, 160 standing reception

Teaching Kitchen and Program Space
Behind the gallery, this sunlit multipurpose room is ideal for classes, smaller meetings, dinners, and other more intimate gatherings.

  • Size: 600 square feet
  • Capacity: 45 seated, 60 presentation, 90 standing reception

Roof Deck & Courtyard Garden
This outdoor oasis in the heart of the U Street corridor makes for a fantastic gathering. Features include a window-lined inner courtyard, stone garden, and an expansive 2,500 square foot
rooftop terrace.

  • Size: 2,500 square foot
  • Capacity: 200 seated, 250 presentation, 400 standing reception


We can also offer the following onsite equipment and services to facilitate your event planning process:

  • Gallery chairs and tables for meetings
  • Plug-and-play audio system
  • Wi-Fi Internet Connection
  • Projector 
  • List of talented vendors from caterers, entertainers, photographers, servers, bartenders, and other event specialists to meet your every need.

Booking your Event

With exhibitions changing every month and regular programs at Smith Center, our schedule is booked with openings and programs months in advance, so ample notice of your event allows us the best opportunity to accommodate your needs. Please note, when there are sculptural works or installation pieces in the gallery space it is at the discretion of the gallery director to decide whether an event can be held in the space. 

For availability, rental agreement and questions please contact Melissa Torres of A Bond Event at 646-932-4532 or


For information on directions, parking, and public transportation, please visit the Directions page.


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