Sports and Art Collide on H Street

An interactive pop-up art installation that explores the relationship between sports and art is the latest cultural hub to land on H Street in Northeast.

The Future of Sports debuted Friday, Oct. 6, hoping to bring a new experience to the District with interactive museum-like spaces featuring soccer, basketball, football, track, tennis, boxing, yoga, volleyball and cycling.

Nicole Pinedo, the 28-year-old mastermind behind the two-story exhibition, got the inspiration for the space from her father Mario Pinedo, a member of the Bolivia’s 1994 World Cup soccer team.

“My love for sports started there, on those D.C. soccer fields watching my father,” Pinedo said. “His passion inspired my own — the love for creative expression and art that makes life feel vibrant.”

Nicole, the founder of creative event planning company Made in the District, said she’s been driven to create since her childhood.

Her goal is to build new ways of seeing D.C., its people and its spaces to leverage the dynamic life of the city into something that both energizes and benefits the community.

“We started as a production company producing music videos, then we started applying the same creativity to digital materials, events, and now art installations,” Nicole said. “We thrive on unique experiences and unexpected connections.”

With 10,000 square feet of games, the space includes a hologram basketball court, football arcade room and a volleyball court made of salt.

Guest can sign their name in the coloring locker room and play in a graphic soccer room installation by local artist Matt Corrado.
For $15, visitors have 30 minutes to explore the installation, with bar service and happy hour starting at 5 p.m.

“The Future of Sports” will continue through Thursday, Nov. 30.

Leading a team of all women unified in their commitment to immersive art experiences, Pinedo said she challenges them to help bring to life her vision of a world of sport that is so striking as to blur the line between athletics and art.

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at E-mail: Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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