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What has Rock Creek Park meant to you this spring? Create by the Creek is an invitation to make art inspired by the park we love.


Any time between Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 21, find a safe, quiet spot in Rock Creek Park. Draw or paint a landscape—or a single flower. Write a rap or a poem. Take a photograph, record a TikTok, or make a collage.

Then share artwork using the hashtags #createbythecreek, #rockcreekpark, #loverockcreek, or  #summerintheparks. To see what other people have been making, check out Create by the Creek on Instagram.  Or follow the event on Facebook.  

Visitors to Rock Creek Park are urged to practice social distancing, to recreate responsibly, and to bring all art supplies back home.  For updates, visit the Rock Creek Park alerts and conditions page.  For more information on visiting hours, park rules and regulations, road closures, parking, restrooms, etc., check the National Park Service website.





People of all ages and artistic experience are encouraged to participate in Create by the Creek, and special art supplies are not required.  Not able to make it to Rock Creek Park right now? Print up this simple Peirce Mill diorama project.


Artists have been drawn to Rock Creek Park for over a century. A 1903 article called Peirce Mill a “mecca for amateur painters and sketchers.” In the 1970s and 80s, the carriage house at Peirce Mill was known as the Art Barn, a gallery devoted to local art.

Click here to learn more about the history of artists at Peirce Mill!


Create by the Creek evolved from last year’s Art Barn Reunion & Landscape Meet-Up. Even if we can’t meet-up this summer, we can still celebrate art and community in Rock Creek Park.