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.



Kate Taylor Davis

Vice President, ARCH Development

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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 and was promoted to the role of Vice President in January of 2016. 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.


Camille Kashaka

Event Coordinator

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Camille has been working in the arts since coming to DC in 2004 to attend Howard University for Theater Arts Administration. In 2013 she received her MA in Arts Management from American University. She joined the ARCH team full time in 2014. She spends most of her time stage managing, theater managing, writing, or singing (loud, proud and off key).

Terence Nicholson

Terence Nicholson

Cultural Programs Coordinator

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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.


Amy Lokoff

Operations Coordinator

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Amy started working at Anacostia Arts Center part-time in 2013. She was hired full-time in 2014. 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.