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.
A Vegan Pop-Up for a Food Desert
[Washington, DC.] Anacostia Arts Center (AAC) is thrilled to bring Good As Green to Historic Anacostia. In what has been a food desert for far too long, this nationally sought after vegan pop-up, will undoubtedly bring an alternative experience, to a community that is lacking in healthy options. Throughout the month of June, founder and former personal trainer Najla T. Williams, will prepare vegan breakfast and lunch dishes for customers who have eagerly awaited new food choices in the neighborhood.
AACaims to be a leader in this vibrant residential and, commercial neighborhood, while still retaining its historic charm. In November of 2017, the Center opened its doors to MahoganyBooks, the first bookstore East of the river in over twenty-years. With the same desire to provide much needed resources, Good As Green will join five other minority women-owned businesses within the Arts Center including: Nubian Hueman, Vintage & Charmed Consignment Clothing, The Den Reading Room & Artist Exchange and, Chirokei, LLC.
“In an area that is currently being developed from within and without, we’re embracing the vitality that has always been here, while bringing in new businesses and events that cater to the neighborhood” – Camille Kashaka, Director.
Passionately dubbed the New Black Wall Street, the business corridors of Good Hope Road, SE and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE are growing with young entreprenurial businesses and cultural organizations that serve Anacostia residents and, create a destination for visitors.
Good As Green will open, Tuesday through Sunday. Additional hours may run concurrently with the plethora of events which take place at the Arts Center. The address is 1231 Good Hope Road, SE 20020
Good as Green, LLC was formed by Najla T. Williams to continually assist others in transitioning to healthier alternatives and incorporating plant-based items into their regime.As a personal trainer, she saw that her clients were experiencing difficulty adhering to the 80% diet portion of the training. She offered to assist them by preparing their meals for them. Many of her clients have successfully transitioned or added more plant-based dishes to their lifestyles. Many of the non-vegan clients raved about the flavors and how fresh the food was, and so Good as Green was established!
Their focus is on changing the perception of vegan food by offering plant and whole grain-based food and superfoods. They creatively remix vegetables and fruit into familiar comfort foods. They pride themselves on offering actual vegetables and fruit, not soy and seitan.
About Anacostia Arts Center
Anacostia Arts Center is a project of the ARCH Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a home for small businesses, artists, arts and cultural organizations to fulfill its commitment to the sustainable economic development of Historic Anacostia. The 9,300-square ft. arts center opened in June of 2013 and includes, a Black Box theatre, two clothing boutiques, a physical therapy studio, an artist exchange and book store.
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NBC4 Washington presented the Anacostia Arts Center with a “Working 4 The Community”Award. The award recognizes the Arts Center for its contribution to African American culture and arts in the community.
Last year alone, the Arts Center brought 26,500 people into the Anacostia neighborhood, provided 2197 hours of free programing to the community, provided space for 135 artists and supported 258 small businesses and we’re not done! Anacostia Arts Center is a project of ARCH, a small neighborhood-based nonprofit organization with its entire focus on the economic regeneration of Washington DC’s Historic Community of Anacostia.
Watch the NBC4 news story HERE
by Meghan Walsh
(Washington, DC) Embracing her Irish roots, Meghan Walsh presents Athbheochan: Untranslatable Wisdom; an Irish Gaelic work which means “revival”. Each of the pieces in the series contain hidden, untranslatable words from all over the world embedded in a flowing and undulating series of three- dimensional relief mosaics of stone glass and other materials including tire scrap and a horseshoe crab carcass. Embedded in mortar and built to handmade substrates of mesh and mortar, each piece is a moment in the vastness of oceans – the vastness of wisdom that evolves with structured intuition.
Athbheachan runs January 26 – March 2, 2018 in Blank Space
inside the Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good Hope Road SE,
Washington, DC 20020). The opening reception will be held on
January 26, 2018 5-8PM. Meghan Walsh will host an artist talk on February 7 from 2-4PM. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10AM – 7PM and Sunday 8AM – 5PM.
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors, Walsh also earned a Master of Agriculture degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate Finance from Georgetown University. She is also a multilingual, owner/principal Architect of MW Architecture, her firm since 2001. As well as Founder and President of AXIS-MUNDI a 501c3 organization, focusing on sustainable design in the US and Brazil. Walsh’s work has been exhibited across the world from San Diego to Ireland; and has appeared in publications such as the Washington Post, Washingtonian and Institute of Architecture Journal, to name a few. With over twenty years’ experience, Walsh has helped to cultivate the skills of other students, as an Adjunct Professor at The Catholic University of America and Howard University.
About Blank Space:
Blank Space is located in the lounge area of the Anacostia Arts Center. The center is a project of ARCH, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a home for artists, arts, small businesses and cultural organizations, to fulfill its commitment to the revitalization and sustainable economic development of Historic Anacostia. The 9,300-square ft. arts center opened in June of 2013 and includes a café, black box theatre, two boutiques, a physical therapy studio, an artist exchange and book store.
Duane is honored as one of the “Washingtonians of the Year” in the latest Washingtonian. Also featured is Duane’s dog, Ariel. While dogs are not allowed in the Center, we make an exception for her.
The issue features “nine local heroes whose good works and generous spirits make Washington a great place to live.” Pick up a copy to read more!
Note: the artwork behind Duane is by artist S. Ross Browne and it’s entitled “Familiarity Breeds Approbation.”