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Date Night @ Anacostia Arts Center: Art All Night, September 25 | 5 PM to Midnight



Anacostia Arts Center will be opening its doors for a special Open House to celebrate this year’s Art All Night! We’re doing something special for the lovers, so bring your special someone! Expect a night full of live performances, a candle-making class for couples, and local makers with special pieces to take home. We’ll also open the Honfleur Gallery, currently home to Sara Dittrich’s Keeping Pace, for gallery visits.



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Open House @ Anacostia Arts Center | August 29 2:30 PM – 7 PM

Open House @ Anacostia Arts Center is a celebration of the creative ecosystem thriving in DC. This month, expect an afternoon full of music, activism, poetry, and a Black owned business showcase. Vendors include Ejima Yarn, The Kitchen Physician, Black Squirrel Company, and DC Honey.

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3:00 to 7 PM: Black Owned Business Showcase

Come shop with us! Our Black Owned Business showcase will feature local makers and creatives with one of a kind finds.

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3:00 to 7 PM: Black August Celebration w/ Nubian Hueman

Black August is an annual commemoration and prison-based holiday to remember Black freedom fights and political prisoners and to highlight Black resistance against racial oppression. Nubian Hueman and See Squared will be leading a special letter writing workshop where participants will write to Black women political prisoners.

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4:00 to 7 PM: Release: An Open Mic Experience 

Our friend, DJ Artis, will be in the house to host a special community open mic. Release A space for artists to share, develop and let their crafts. This open mic is for creatives of all ages, gender expressions, and skill sets. Come share your poetry, music, and stories with a community ready to receive you as you are.

The open mic is a free community building experience for local artists to grow, develop and share their craft.

NO HATE SPEEECH PERIODT!Limit to 2 pieces 5 min max time

Blood Memories: Celestial Reflections of Our Ancestors

For Black Americans, Generational memory is the great miracle of Pan Africanism. While many Black Americans may never know their ancestors’ names and geographic origins, many have received a wealth of cultural memory passed down for generations. A wide array of distinct African traditions have driven the Black community forward in the face of decades of systematic oppression in America. This magic isn’t a mistake or a happy coincidence. The passing down and celebration of African memory is our birthright. Blood Memories: Celestial Reflections of Our Ancestors celebrates the wonder of African beauty, and survival, in America.

Blood Memories runs from August 13, 2021 – October 2, 2021 in the Anacostia Arts Center at 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington DC 20020. The Opening Reception will be held on August 21 from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM. The event will feature a brief artist forum, live music, and karaoke. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM.


More about the artists:


Rashad Ali Muhammad is an interdisciplinary artist of the African diaspora from the Washington metropolitan area. Muhammad builds a sense of wonder and mystique in his art as he blends his lived experiences, vivid imagination, and refined aesthetic to create striking representations of the human spirit. His formal education in Graphic Design and Photography at American University helped develop his style and artistic choices. Muhammad’s series of work featured in Blood Memories centers on collage. Collaging reminds him of his ancestor’s ability to create new ways of existing from disparate sources. While ties to their indigenous homes were broken, they blended their knowledge and skills in a new world to survive and persevere. Collage fuses various repurposed material, each with a distinct meaning, combined to create new connections and meanings that captivate and engage the mind.


As a digital artist, Dominiqua Eldridge pushes herself to create and design balanced, clean,cohesive, colorful, and detailed pieces. Her work depicts black women and men who represent the identity of Black culture in America. With a Digital Art & Design background, studied at Towson University, Dominiqua uses her learned skills and techniques to create digital and mixed medium art. Her work has been featured in “RAW Washington DC presents OVATION” at Howard Theatre, “Meridian” at Towson Arts Collection, and “Mickalene Thomas: A Moment’s Pleasure” at The Baltimore Museum of Art (currently installed till late 2021). With just four years under her belt, Dominiqua continues to push forward in her art career, proving to the world that digital art is a form of fine art!


Call For Artists: East of The River Show + Auction

DC Artists East + Black Artists of DC (@zsudayka) are searching for #Ward7 + #Ward8 based artists to participate in this year’s East of The River show and auction.
Ready to apply? Send us an artist biography and work samples to be considered. Apply by 5/7!

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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 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.