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“This Anacostia coworking venue is full. Here’s how it is weathering the pandemic.” Via Washington Business Journal

The Hive 2.0, a hybrid coworking space, theater and retail hub in D.C.’s Ward 8 is full — despite the vast economic damage wrought by Covid-19.

“We found that amazing to be quite honest with you,” said Duane Gautier, the CEO of Arch Development Corp., which runs The Hive 2.0 and owns the Anacostia Arts Center building on Good Hope Road SE where it is located. The Hive offers members a low-cost place to work and help navigating the often complex world of business regulations.

The organization had braced for the worst.

“We thought the waitlist would go away and we were going to lose 20 to 25 or maybe even more of our members,” Gautier said.

Instead the coworking venue saw one private office member downgrade to a desk membership, and one private office member leave. But its waitlist for desks remains, and it is in the process of converting that now-available private office into additional space for its 64 coworking members.

The surprising, not-bad news is good news at a time where hundreds of thousands of small businesses have closed, unemployment remains high and coworking as an industry has taken hit after hit. RGN Group Holdings LLC, the company that operates Regus shared office suites, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for a segment of its portfolio, and once omnipresent coworking giant WeWork is closing locations across the country and locally amid repeated devaluations.

But all is not blue skies for The Hive, which has seen foot traffic drop at its retail spaces, which includes MahoganyBooks, fashion and gift boutique Nubian Hueman, vintage shop Vintage & Charmed, vegan restaurant ELife and organic grocer Fresh Food Factory. The organization decided to waive rent payments during the pandemic, and those retail businesses will begin paying again in September, Gautier said.

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A Statement from ARCH Development

The murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of the police have been a painful reminder of how prevalent violence against African Americans is in the United States.

We also realize that the great race-based economic, health, and educational disparities within our country must be addressed.

We stand in solidarity with local organizations strategizing to inspire positive change in our communities.

It is not enough to just speak out against the racist sentiments that permeate our country.

It is not sufficient to just say “BLACK LIVES MATTER”.

We must ACT on these realities facing our society.

Furthermore, it is critical that, on a local level, the voices of the community be heard and acted upon.

We challenge all not only to protest and speak out but to invest in Black initiatives, art, and businesses, especially in your neighborhoods.

Out Of Chaos, Opens 10/11 at 6:30 PM

Award-winning artist Luis Peralta Del Valle was selected for a solo art exhibition at the Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, D.C. Luis is a Nicaraguan-born, District of Columbia raised artist who is known for his vibrant and colorful abstract paintings and his lifelike portraiture. 

Del Valle will exhibit “Out of Chaos.” The show features his Out of Chaos Series, a physical manifestation of his work and philosophy; Love, Hope, and Art.

Luis believes that amazing things can be born out of the struggle and pain that we experience when it is channeled correctly. He has used his pain, frustration and setbacks to push himself into manifesting new creations, full of purpose, inspiration, and passion. 

Transforming repurposed street signs, Luis captures the essence of Dorothy Johnson, Misty Copeland, Frederick Douglass, and other iconic figures who have converted their pain, challenges, and frustration into purpose. They not only transformed their lives but influenced the lives of others for generations. Similarly, Luis brings together the chaotic elements of life and graffiti art through the metamorphosis of his pain onto the weather-beaten and otherwise damaged street signs. 

Everyday street signs are transfigured from one symbolic vocabulary to a new one rooted in love, hope, and art. Visions of strength, determination, prosperity, and beauty, are created using refined elements of traditional portraiture and the embedding of positive messages. Luis connects the visual and symbolic in a way that provides literal interpretations to the viewer. The power of messaging in the signs is volumized by the overlaying of the images of these powerful people, creating new directions for us in our lives. Warnings of potential danger, “YIELD,” cries for help and change, “STOP,” and various direct commands to avoid impending danger, such as “LEFT TURN ONLY” and “ROAD CLOSED AHEAD,” are given a purpose greater than directing our path in traffic. 

The dates for the exhibition are October 11, 2019 through November 15, 2019. 

ARTIST/CURATOR CALL

Artist Proposal Submissions for Vivid Gallery 2020 Season
January through September 2020
Deadline for submissions: October 31, 2019
Submit to: Duane Gautier at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Telephone 202-365-5586
For questions or further information, either email or call.

Fresh Food Factory, Food Giveaway

The Fresh Food Factory and The Fresh Food Factory Market are social enterprises that engage low-to-moderate income residents of the Greater District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) in Food Equity and Economic Development opportunities that increase the quality of their professional, financial, and nutritional welfare. The Fresh Food Factory hosts a food giveaway for Ward 8 residents in need on Tuesdays at 1 PM.

Distinguished Artists Award Ceremony

Two Anacostia Artists have received the 2019 East of River Distinguished Artist Award Presented by Honfleur Gallery and ARCH Development Corporation. This award recognizes living East of the Anacostia River artists for creative excellence as well as for having a significant impact on the cultural landscape of Washington, DC. Everything kicks off at 6:30 PM on 8/9.