Good As Green comes to Anacostia.

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

About Good As Green www.goodasgreen.net

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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Anacostia Arts Awarded by NBC4

Anacostia Arts Center Director, Camille Kashaka receives the NBC4 2018 Working for the Community Award.

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

 

Athbheochan: Untranslatable Wisdom

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.

Anacostia Arts Center presents: East River Jazz Brunch

(Washington, DC) As a home for arts, culture, and creative expression, the Anacostia Arts Center in partnership with East River Jazz, hosts a monthly series of afternoon jazz through September. Guests can enjoy brunch at the Arts Center Café, before listening to cutting edge jazz presented by regional jazz musicians.

East River Jazz Brunch will take place on the second Sunday of each month, beginning January 14, through September 9, 2018 at 3pm. The event is free and open to the public. Brunch can be purchased at the Arts Center Café from 11am – 3pm. Anacostia Arts Center is located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE Washington DC 20020.

The first performance of this series, will present the East River Collective, an eclectic ensemble of Baltimore-based jazz artists featuring: Craig Alston (saxophone), Theljon Allen (trumpet/flugelhorn), Todd Simon (piano), Blake Meister (bass) and Dana Hawkins (drums). A creative mix of regional jazz artists, that are sure to entertain the residents of Anacostia and community at large.

About East River Jazz:

Vernard R. Gray, East River Jazz curator/director is a native Washingtonian whose career, from the mid-60s to present day has included documentary photography and videography, art gallery curating and management, wearable art designing, oral history recording, and jazz culture curation. Gray’s Miya Gallery project founded 1976, in downtown DC, led the Black Arts movement of the 1970s through 2000s. He has presented more than 300 jazz performances in the Washington-Baltimore region since 2008.

About East River Collective:

Craig Alston is a multi-instrumentalist from Baltimore who is best known as the saxophonist for ‘Fertile Ground’. He has traveled across Europe and Asia, sharing a unique blend of jazz, soul and world music. This broad exposure has allowed him to learn and grow from the various musicians and styles encountered. Alston also performs as an independent artist, playing the saxophone, bass or keyboard. He has played with jazz legends such as Larry Willis, David Murray, Oliver Lake, John Hicks and Jimmy Heath. Alston is the director and instrumental music teacher for the Maryland Summer Center; his program focuses on teaching gifted students the fundamentals of jazz. Although Craig is a jazz musician at heart, he also plays rhythm and blues, soul, hip-hop and gospel.

Theljon Allen was inspired by the legendary Jazz musician, Clifford Brown, to become a trumpet player. He heard Brown perform Joy Spring on the radio and thought it was the “slickest ever”. Allen began playing music around the age of 4-years old, experimenting with the violin. Listening to Jazz expanded his view of music and different possible genres. He’s stated that the trumpet can be a challenging instrument to play and requires daily practice. Allen’s dedication and mental approach, have crafted his skill to its current professional level. Allen’s musical life has been most impacted by saxophonist/ flutist and composer, Gary Thomas. He draws inspiration from Doobie Powell and considers Keyon Harrold as his current favorite trumpet player.

 Todd Simon is a highly sought-after musician, composer and arranger in the Washington, DC and Baltimore area who also served 4½ years for the United States Naval Academy Band. He studied piano and organ with Tim Murphy and saxophone with Gary Thomas at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Upon graduation in 2007, Todd rose quickly through the ranks of the Baltimore/DC jazz scene. While enlisted, he performed for former Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and astronaut Neil Armstrong. Todd’s 2013 debut CD of all original compositions, Simon Says earned him a 2014 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award and a 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award.

Blake Meister. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Meister began playing electric bass, later honing his skills on the double bass and piano in college. A member of the first full class to matriculate to Peabody’s jazz studies department, he attracted attention as a student, receiving both the Alice and Leary Taylor and Richard Franko Goldman Awards in performance; as well as multiple development grants. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in orchestral studies at Catholic University’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. Before joining the Peabody Conservatory faculty, Meister began as a faculty coordinator in the preparatory division, helping to create a more comprehensive jazz studies program. As a recipient of many awards and grants, his debut album, Septagon was named album of the year by CapitalBop and Washington City Paper. Meister is quickly garnering recognition among musicians and critics alike.

Percussionist Dana Hawkins is a graduate of Berkeley College of Music and a DC resident. During a Master Class session led by Grammy-nominated artist, Meshell Ndegeocello, Hawkins was among a select few students, who were given the unique opportunity to play songs from Ndegeocello’s Cookie album. Her guidance has followed him throughout his career. After Berkeley, Hawkins came upon a fortuitous opportunity in New York City to work with the solo bass/electronic compositions of Evan Marien. The pair worked with Grammy Award winners and nominees including: Jack DeJohnette, Stanley Clarke, Meshell Ndegeocello, Esperanza Spalding; they have also been featured in Modern Drummer (US) and in Bass Player Magazine (US, UK, Japan). In 2013, they released an album titled Collections featuring live recordings.  With their music being compared to the melodies of Squarepusher, the textures of Weather Report, and the tranquility of Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy series composer), this progressive collaboration of bold bass artistry, dynamic electronic production, and prodigious drumming, has paved a new path in electro jazz.

About Anacostia Arts Center:

Anacostia Arts Center is a project of the ARCH Development Corporation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a home for small businesses, artists, arts 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, a black box theatre, two boutiques, a physical therapy studio, an artist exchange and book store.

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Washingtonian Selects the Center as a Unique Co-working Spot in DC

A conglomerate of art exhibitions, boutiques, independently owned shops, a lounge area and a café, Anacostia Arts Center was created in 2013 to support the economic development of the neighborhood. But, over the past couple years, the lounge area—a space you pass through to get to the rest of the building—has morphed into a co-working spot.

The room has huge bay windows and skylights, and on the walls, artwork from rotating exhibits, making it an inspiring environment for getting work done. Read more here.

Metro Weekly Covers Doc About LGBT Entrepreneurs in Anacostia

When it was founded, a decade ago, the Check It was a support group for LGBTQ youths fed up with being bullied and mistreated. It quickly evolved into a gay street gang, whose members became notorious for viciously attacking their enemies. They became “the predators instead of the preyed-upon,” says gang counselor Ron “Mo” Moten.

Hoping to steer the kids clear of trouble, Moten introduced them to documentary filmmakers Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer (The Nine Lives of Marion Barry).

Read the full article here

The Washington Informer Highlights East of the River Artists

Between the two galleries housed in the Anacostia Arts Center and the Honfleur Gallery on Good Hope Road, there’s no shortage of art that conveys the level of talent that lies East of the River in Wards 7 and 8.

​The 11th annual East of the River Exhibition at the Honfleur Gallery features three female artists who have their own distinct styles and inspirations, but the pieces on view have a strong affinity between them and come from similar creative places. Each artist makes an individual statement about spirituality, identity and the repetition of forms and textures, but together they create a continuum. Read full article here

DC Music Download Features Anacostia Arts Center

“We have performance space, and we use that to facilitate other groups coming in.” These groups can be small theater or dance organizations, or any, as [Camille] Kashaka called them, “individuals with a dream.”

The Center’s programming efforts have had a positive impact on the community, encouraging more people outside the neighborhood to check out the area. And it’s created a word-of-mouth buzz that is keeping the momentum going. Kashaka noted that the performers and patrons are often pleasantly surprised by their experiences, which is helping generate more grassroots promotion for Anacostia. Read more.

ARCH Announces the 2017 East of the River Distinguished Artist Award Recipient

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Honfleur Gallery is proud to present James Terrell with the 2017 East of the River Distinguished Artist Award. Honfleur Gallery exemplifies high standards of art and culture from across the city and nation. In 2012, the East of the River Distinguished Artist Award was created, to celebrate the exemplary caliber of artists from Ward 7 and 8.

Over its six-year history, the East of the River Distinguished Artist Award celebrates the achievements and contributions of East of the River artists who, individually and collectively, have made a positive impact on the state of the arts in Washington DC. The judging panel is composed of individuals who were past recipients of the award. Representing a variety of artistic disciplines, well versed in the history of the arts and with specific knowledge of the neighborhoods. James Terrell was selected by this panel of his peers to receive this auspicious award based on the aforementioned criteria. Read the full press release here