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.
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.
Harvey Fitz is an Alexandria, Virginia native and a graduate of Virginia State University with a BA in Mass Communications: Radio & Television Production. He currently resides in the Washington Metropolitan Area and is a freelance photographer, theatrically trained actor, and spoken word artist. Harvey has been writing and performing spoken word poetry for 10 years and has been acting every since early childhood. He was also a part of a collective of students and professors at Virginia State University that revived its theater organization and program during the 2006-2007 school year. As a result, his Alma Matter is currently ranked among the top theater schools in Virginia; as well as acting and performing schools in Virginia. In his spare time, Harvey can be found in a local library lost in a book, or in a random neighborhood (mainly a festival or farmer’s market) with his Canon DSLR shooting guerilla-style
Maryann Taruc is a self-taught visual artist who lives and works in the vibrant art scene of Washington, DC. She studied at Corcoran School of the Arts and Design majoring in Fine Arts. She is also a consultant, photographer for Turnaround Arts, a program of The Kennedy Center and has assisted in the organizing of large scale productions such as the 2018 Turnaround Arts Talent Show, The Turnaround Arts National Summer Leadership Retreat and the Love Train Music Video. Other than being a part of the ARCH team, the artist spends her time working out of an empty office space downtown DC creating paintings that are generally anonymous subjects working with acrylic on canvas and oil on wood. She holds great value towards the concept of emotional intelligence, realism, abstract and color theory and devotes her life to bridging the gap between the creative realm and everyday society.
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.