Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Come on down to Anacostia this Friday as we celebrate EotR artists! 
Both receptions are free and open to the public!
Another project of ARCH Development Corporation, a nonprofit with 20+ years in Anacostia. 

Inside Outside
Gabriela Bulisova
opening reception: Friday, July 13, from 6-8pm
This project offers the first-person accounts and insights of formerly incarcerated men on the process of reentry. It casts light on their plight in the hope that we will do more to help these men succeed in becoming productive members of society and caring family members.

The United States, with more than 5.1 million people confined in prisons or jails or under some form of correctional control, has the highest incarceration rate in the world.  The United States also imprisons more of its racial minorities than any other country in the world. In Washington, D.C., the numbers are even higher - three out of every four young black men are expected to serve some time in prison.

Working with formerly incarcerated men has been a humbling experience. The burden of conviction and the constant reminders of the past are constant sources of pain and anguish that rarely wane. Although these men have firmly resolved to turn their lives around, they often waver, and the challenges they are confronted with make them want to give up. If one cannot find a job, if he cannot provide for his family, he is always tempted to find an easier way to make money, by returning to selling drugs or "hustling."

-Gabriela Bulisova

Rik Freeman
6th Annual East of the River Exhibition
opening reception: Friday, July 13, from 7-9pm

Artists Include:
Tommie Adams, Melani Douglass, Jonathan Edwards, Rik Freeman, Jonathan French, Lawrence Green, David Allen Harris, Khanh H. Le & Thanh T. La, Bruce McNeil, Terence Nicholson, Luis Peralta, Tim Rodgers Jr., Earl Rodrigues, Danielle Scruggs, Deborah Terry and Sidney Thomas

Local historian, Dianne Dale, will be selling copies of her book The Village That Shaped Us. DC in Black Tours will be in attendance and available for booking sightseeing tours of Washington DC, including tours in Anacostia.

Local steel drummer Francis Richards will perform from 7:30 - 8:30pm.

Both opening receptions are free and open to the public. See you on Friday!

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