Best Up-and-Coming Visual Artists in Washington, D.C.
Dubbed, “The Governor of U Street,” Sheldon Scott is “one to watch.” Scott is a performance artist, storyteller, actor, writer and monologist who got his start performing the spoken word at Busboys and Poets. Although performing in art galleries is perfectly fine, Scott feels that audiences for those venues are limited. He wants to break down those conventions and bring the party to the people. As a result, Scott is co-founder of Animals & Fire—a platform to support and promote performance artistry and performance art literacy in the District. Along with co-founder Armando Lopez-Bircann, Animals & Fire selects and curates featured artists who conduct performances as well as a five-day workshop. Upon the conclusion of the workshop, attendees deliver an ensemble performance. The ultimate goal is to increase artists’ exposure, connect them with audiences and encourage a sense of community among DC performance artists.