Mission and History
Who We Are
Pyramid’s mission is to create a collaborative community that fosters the artistic disciplines of papermaking, printmaking, and book arts. We equip, educate, and exhibit in our historic Hyattsville home.
Our vision is to create an artistic hub in Hyattsville that inspires local and international artists, elevates the local arts and small business scene, and enhances the quality of life for artists and neighbors.
Our pledge is to show up with respect for all communities with whom we work, and welcome those whom we have not yet met. We commit to ongoing reflection and identification of patterns of discrimination that should be interrupted or changed by the work of our organization or the artists who create here.
Our core values include Artistic Excellence, Infrastructure for Artists, Hand-On Experiences, Grit, and Collaboration.
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center was founded in 1981 by noted artist and teacher Helen C. Frederick to provide a setting for artistic collaboration and dialogue. A 501(c)(3) non-profit contemporary arts center, Pyramid Atlantic receives federal and state funds as well as generous support from private foundations, corporations, and local businesses. In addition, we count individual donors and our members among our most valued supporters. We are located in the historic Arcade building in the Hyattsville Gateway Arts District. The facility features a papermaking studio, print shop, letterpress studio, bindery, and a darkroom. We also have private studios and a gallery.