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.
Camille Kashaka has been working in theatre since graduating from Howard University in 2008. She has worked as a stage manager, production manager, and lighting designer for theatre/dance/concert companies around the DMV. She has also taught theatre and stage management at the Senegalese-American Bilingual School as well as Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Camille obtained her Masters of Arts from The American University in 2013 in Arts Management.
Associate Creative Director
Terence Nicholson is a born Washingtonian and longtime native of Anacostia. He joined the ARCH team full-time in 2015. A graduate of the Corcoran School of Art and recipient of the Rosenbaum Memorial Scholarship Award, Terence has traveled extensively as a vocalist and musician with saxophonist Steve Coleman, Omar Sosa and hip hop band, Opus Akoben. As a visual artist, Terence has shown artwork at Honfluer Gallery in three of the East of the River art exhibitions. Terence also teaches Tai Chi, Kung Fu and fronts his rock project called Thaylobleu.
Connectivity and Visual Art Coordinator
Amy started working at Anacostia Arts Center part-time in 2013 and joined as a full-time staff member in 2014 as the Operation Coordinator. A graduate of American University, Amy received her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and Secondary Education. When she isn’t working, she enjoys exploring DC’s diverse neighborhoods, going to farmer’s markets, and reading graphic novels.