Wednesday, July 23, 2014

June 27th marked the 6 year anniversary of this blog.

6,135 published posts.
3,591 published comments.

Countless late nights, early mornings, and meetings, meetings, meetings. 

Was it worth it?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vendors and Volunteers Wanted for the HAT Festival @ Gateway DC

From the HAT Festival website:

Made possible through a grant awarded by the Deputy Mayor’s Office of Planning and Economic Development, the FREE festival series will be held over two, amazing weekends in August and October of 2014. The first date is August 2-3, 2014.

The heart of the festival is located in the center of one of the District’s most prized historic campuses, St. Elizabeths East, in the 1100 block of Alabama Avenue SE. The East Campus is the home of a new Gateway Pavilion currently which opened in September 2013. The Pavilion serves as a gateway to the St. Elizabeths East Innovation Hub and will usher in a new chapter of visitors to the campus, including local residents and the 3,700 U.S. Coast Guard employees. The Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival is the perfect platform to embrace the changes to the historic campus, while celebrating the District’s and Ward 8 community’s rich heritage, culture and creativity.

Festival events will kick-off on Saturday, August 2 at 1 p.m. The theme of this summer's festival is "Humanities, Arts & Technology at Work," and each day will include a fascinating, interactive display of the city's creative economy. Each date will feature an exciting scope of activities, live performances, art exhibits, readings and workshops, tech and food demonstrations, kid programming and other exciting activities that will be fun for the entire family.

Tweetings from @THEARC_DC!

If you don't know THEARC is a wonderful resource right here in Ward 8. They have great programming and on-site partners. Learn all about them by visiting them on the web at 

Of course you should be following and retweeting them on Twitter at: @THEARC_DC

July 26 | Delta Sigma Theta hosts Community Day @ THEARC

Anacostia's revitalization efforts continue with today's L'enfant Trust ribbon cutting ceremony

The plans for Saint Elizabeths East redevelopment may be considered Congress Heights' silver bullet but Anacostia's shotgun approach to community revitalization continues to dominate. 

Today the L'Enfant Trust held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their newly restored property on 2010 14th Street SE in historic Anacostia. In less than six months this historic preservation nonprofit totally rehabbed and restored this former shell into one beautiful single family home! The Advoc8te would have snatched it up in a minute if she could!  

The Advoc8te is about to run out to a meeting at Saint Elizabeths East but I wanted to post some pictures from today's ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. 

FYI - THIS HOUSE IS FOR SALE!!!!!! Contact Anacostia River Realty for details but be quick, this house won't stay on the market for long!

Monday, July 21, 2014

So about last night's Yelp! event in Anacostia...

Consider this a little post script to my earlier post.

Last night, as I was looking around the Yelp! event and appreciating all of the people of so many different backgrounds enjoying themselves IN ANACOSTIA I had a thought, "what could we do if we (ARCH) had more support and funding?"
The Yelp! 10th Anniversary Party drew over 1200 people to Anacostia -- on a Sunday! 
Because contrary to what some may think ARCH Development Corporation is a very, very small nonprofit organization. We have limited funds and a very small staff who work a lot of hours (you should see our timesheets).  The buildout of the Anacostia Arts Center (or The HIVE 2.0) wasn't cheap. We didn't receive any government funds or a Great Streets grant to do it (nonprofits are ineligible for that grant BTW). To be honest, considering all of the work we do at ARCH we receive very little (if any) funding to do it. We aren't unique in that. Nonprofits all over are filling the gap in more ways than one. East of the river nonprofits more than most.

For those who don't understand what ARCH does and why we do it (you can read our strategic plan here) I wish they could see the benefits of places like the Anacostia Arts Center (which is free and open to the public). To some, it may seem like just a cool place with art. In reality it is home to a collection of small and minority-owned businesses -- each providing a service and amenity to a community long underserved. Each small business contributes to the economic success of the Anacostia neighborhood and east of the river. Community revitalization is tied directly to job creation and small business development and that happens everyday at the Anacostia Arts Center (and the small businesses that call it home), and at The HIVE 2.0 which I manage.

Amir, owner of HOMME, a men's clothing and shaving boutique.
Now open inside of the Anacostia Arts Center!
Yelp! attendees perusing the merchandise at Nubian Hueman, an eclectic boutique inside of the Anacostia Arts Center.
Nubian Hueman is owned and operated by Anika Hobbs.