The Arts Center opened in 2013. It is 9,300 square feet, and includes a 1,000 square feet Black Box Theater; space for five galleries/boutiques; a short term exhibition gallery called Blank Space SE, a café, and an 800 square feet lounge area. Learn about the building’s history.

While The Arts Center is new, its parent organization, ARCH Development Corporation, has been working in Anacostia since 1991. For the majority of its history, ARCH focused on neighborhood small scale business development and general business support.

Our Mission

We’re dedicated to creating a home for small businesses, artists, arts and cultural organizations to fulfill our commitment to the revitalization and sustainable economic development of Historic Anacostia.


Jess Randolph


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Jessica Randolph is a proud Howard University graduate
from the DMV. She often refers to herself as a DC, Prince
Georges County hybrid of sorts. Her mission is to help small
businesses, artists, and non-profits grow with digital media
and storytelling. Her business, JessBe Creative, emerged as
she learned more about the needs of new and old business
owners. Jessica has a range of experience including
contributing video to Presidential campaigns and cable
television development. She’s also the co-host of Melanin
Moves, a podcast dedicated to black creatives around the
world. She plans to step into the political arena with her
skills in the near future.