Solas Nua

Solas Nua, ‘new light’ in Irish, is the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to contemporary Irish arts. Based in Washington, D.C., our mission is to bring the best new Irish artistic talent to American audiences.
For more information, visit their website


Our education mission is to connect emerging Irish art to an environment of learning and growth.

Description of Education Initiatives: Through theatrical productions, literature, music, dance and visual arts, we help our audiences understand the historical and contemporary underpinnings of Irish art. Most recently we brought high school students from the District of Columbia to a theatrical production centered on Frederick Douglass's 1845 transformative trip to Ireland. In-school workshops preceded the performance, introducing the students to the history and themes of the production. 

Partnership with DC Collaborative

DC Collaborative Member since 2017

"The DC Collaborative connects us to like-minded organizations and provides professional development and resources that amplify the impact of our work. We are grateful for the logistical and networking skills that help move our projects forward."

Arts and Humanities for Every Student Provider 

Solas Nua is an AHFES Provider! Teachers can view their AHFES Catalogue here.

Fun Fact! Solas Nua's theatrical productions shine as "site specific": in an abandoned warehouse, a pier on the Anacostia River, a church sanctuary, private homes, outdoor public spaces, and more.

Contact their education department: Kate Meenan-Waugh at

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Mailing Address: 975 F Street, NW
Office Location: 923 F Street, NW, #303
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.470.6467

The DC Collaborative is a FY19 Service Organization grant recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.