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Anacostia Arts Center is hiring for a Program Assistant


This position reports directly to the Director of Anacostia Arts Center and assists in the visual arts programs of ARCH.  It is responsible for ensuring the exhibition programming meets a high standard quality and is in keeping with the organizational priorities, mission, and vision. This position is required to work events and days when the galleries and arts center welcome high volume of guests. Consequently, the position will work a flexible schedule, including at least one weekend day and evenings as needed.

Candidate should have a bachelor’s degree, significant art handling and installation experience, Knowledge of trends in US arts movements, proficiency in Microsoft Office, excellent communication skills, and familiarity with the DC arts and culture scene.


  • Assist in visual programming, in collaboration with ARCH Team, for all gallery spaces and for any off site opportunities
  • Coordinate with artists for exhibitions, from contract to de-installation
  • Maintain current efforts for artist participation in DC Artists East website. Including finding and sharing artists, updating the homepage with news, promoting the site as a resource, and mining the collective power of the site for opportunities for East of the River Artists
  • Respond to sales and artist queries
  • Work with ARCH team on other creative programming such as performing arts schedule and community engagement events


  • Execute all installation and de-installation of artworks both within ARCH spaces and off site.
  • Ensure that galleries are well kept and have proper supplies and equipment
  • Schedule, install, and curate informal exhibition in ARCH spaces such as Hive 2.0, 1227, and AAC Lounge/Hallway


  • Welcoming visitors/onsite relations/gallery sitting
  • Create reports for grants including user reports, event reports, and other stats/facts as requested
  • Serve as event manager when needed
  • Work as part of a team to promote the galleries, ARCH, and Historic Anacostia.
  • Other duties as assigned

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