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.
Associate Creative Director
Jess Randolph is a proud Howard University graduate from Washington, DC. Her career blends the line between artist and business owner, inspiring the unique programming offerings produced at ARCH Development. Her business, JessBe Creative, emerged as she learned more about the needs of new and old business owners. She is dedicated to helping small businesses, artists, and non-profits grow with digital media and storytelling. Jessica has a range of experience including contributing video to Presidential campaigns and cable television development.
Program Coordinator: Creative Programs
Terence Nicholson is a visual, performing, and martial artist who integrates these disciplines throughout his work. Unbound from any one medium in his art making, he is particularly sensitive to the quality of rawness in his materials. He is a follower of Taoist thought, which values a state of “emptiness” as key in a true creative process. Listening, being the primary tool developed from this state, he is able to use it as he explores his materials along with conceptual themes of social justice, especially as they relate to gentrification, class, trauma, and spirituality.