Welcome to the home of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (NLAPW), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of professional women in arts, letters, and music that was founded in 1897.

The mission of the National League of American Pen Women is to support and promote creative excellence and professional standards among women in the arts.





Several events are coming to Pen Arts in September and October — if you’re in D.C., stop by and see what all the buzz is about!


Here’s a preview:

  • First Friday Dupont (a tradition every first Friday of the month)
  • GROWN Writers Circle (an ongoing event we’re proud to host at Pen Arts)
  • Art All Night DC (a new event that we’re really excited about)
  • Million Mats DC (back by popular demand)

And don’t forget our special event, Alla Prima Oil Painting Workshop on September 26 — spots are still available!

Check out the complete event descriptions


Pen Women and The Future is WITA 

Recently, a group of women gathered at Pen Arts to discuss a Pen Arts benefit event as part of the WITA (Women in the Arts) campaign. We’re excited about all the energy and the ideas at the meeting — and plan to move forward. 

Learn more


Less than $5,300 Left to Raise Toward $25,000 Matching Grant!

The McGrath Family Trust made a $25,000 matching donation to NLAPW in honor of Angeline Nanni, the last remaining member of World War II and Cold War era code breakers, on the occasion of her 100th birthday. The McGrath family feels the League deserves the funds because it broke barriers in its founding and continues in that tradition today. 

Click to learn more about how to donate and how the funds will be spent

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Come See Us During First Fridays Art Walk

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The Pen Arts Gallery has been selected to participate in the Dupont Circle Art Walk!

Every First Friday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m., join us for live musical performances by local artists, refreshments, and mingling with other art lovers. View and buy art created from the 1900s to today by Pen Women and D.C. artists.

Follow @penartsDC on Instagram for more details!


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