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, Nurish 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.
Kate Taylor Davis
Kate has worked for and with DC area arts organizations since 1999. She joined the staff of ARCH Development Corporation in May of 2013 to become the first director of the Anacostia Arts Center. Previously she was the director of external relations for Imagination Stage, chief marketing and communications officer at Olney Theatre Center, assistant director of education and programs at the Association of Children’s Museums, and she interned with The Kennedy Center and The District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC), among others. She is occasional lecturer on the topics of marketing and event planning at local universities, and Kate has served as a committee member for The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, vice president for The League of Washington Theatres, keynote panelist for Theatre Communications Group, and a grant panelist for Arlington County. In her spare time she helps produce off-beat art events. Kate holds an M.A. in Arts Management from The American University and a B.A. in English from The University of Michigan.
Piper Grosswendt is from Hawaii and studied English and visual art at Bowdoin College. When she is not working in the creative economy in Anacostia, she can be found at a museum, on her bike, or in her painting studio.
Kau Wondor Korto
Kau was born in Washington DC to West African immigrants and has lived in Liberia and Philadelphia. She graduated from Penn State University, and majored in International Politics. She served in Peace Corps/Guatemala 2011-2012 and moved back to DC in 2013 to pursue a career in the federal government.
Brian Americus Smithen received his Bachelor’s of Science in Apparel Design and Merchandising from Virginia Tech. He has several years of experience in retail management and visual merchandising and has started his own design company.
Amy Lokoff is recent graduate of American University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and Secondary Education. In addition to her job at the arts center, she works as a Library Associate for the DC Public Library. When she isn’t working, she enjoys exploring DC’s diverse neighborhoods, going to farmer’s markets, and reading graphic novels.