Author Archives: Jess

Sharon Hughes Gautier

It is with a heavy heart that the ARCH Family announces the death of one of its founders. Sharon Hughes Gautier who died on  January 7th after a short, but devastating illness. Sharon was not only one of the original staff but also the one who inspired the development of ARCH Training Center and ARCH Family Services which over 25 years provided more than 11,000 DC individuals and families with job training, education, and social services. 

Sharon was also the originator and funder of the Honfleur Gallery “East of the River Distinguished Artist Award” which annually recognizes a living East of the Anacostia River artist for creative excellence as well as for having a significant impact on the cultural landscape of Washington, DC.

Review: ‘Guerrilla Theater Works 3: A New Nation’ by Convergence Theatre

The overarching point of the Convergence theater piece is that there isn’t any “they.”  There are individual people, all with names, dreams, hopes, fears, and children of their own. Using four excellent actors – Fabiolla da Silva, Sebastian Leighton, Cristian Camilo Linares, and Karoline Troger – and a skilled production team, the group, under the direction of Natalia Gleason-Nagy and Elena Velasco, has devised a series of spoken, projected, and movement vignettes (“snapshots”) that vividly present the thoughts, feelings, and lived realities of immigrants’ journeys. Rather than having a linear plot, A New Nation creates a mosaic of the current immigrant experience. Read the full review here!

Resident Theatre Incubator Workshop tackles “Gentrifying Anacostia”

 Musical ‘East Of The River’ Examines A Gentrifying Anacostia.

Nothing says “gentrification” quite like the opening of a Whole Foods. That’s the message, at least, of a new musical about the idea that a location of the largely organic, high-priced grocery chain could one day open in Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia neighborhood. This workshop was funded in part by ARCH Development Corporation. Read and listen to the full interview here.

MahoganyBooks featured in Vanity Fair

 “Culture and community have always been who we are,” says Ramunda Young, one half of the couple behind the beloved 11-year-old online retailer Mahogany Books, which opened its first brick-and-mortar shop late last year. The bookstore, situated in Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia, is the predominantly black neighborhood’s first in more than 20 years—a fact Ramunda herself calls “unfathomable” in what is widely considered the country’s most literate city. Read the full article here.

Nubian Hueman wins City Paper Award Best Manifestation of Black Excellence

With Nubian Hueman, owner Anika Hobbs has created something of a safe haven, a space in which black people can celebrate Pan-Africanism and the global reach of their blackness, and do the Wakandan salute in peace. Southeast D.C. proved to be the perfect place for Hobbs to showcase the beauty of black culture in the city. “Anacostia was one of those places where it just felt like the heart of Nubian Hueman, which is community,” Hobbs said in an interview with Live Anacostia. “We felt at home here.” Read full article here