Monday, July 29, 2013

Ward 8 Lights Up on August 10 for LUMEN8ANACOSTIA Finale

Media Contacts:

Philip Hutinet

Kate Taylor Davis

For Immediate Release
July 24, 2013


ARCH Development Corporation is proud to announce the lineup for the LUMEN8ANACOSTIA finale. The Festival, which opened June 22, aims to literally light up (Lumen) Ward 8 (8) through arts.

The August 10 LUMEN8 finale runs from 6:30 pm until 11:00 pm at two locations: Honfleur Gallery and the Anacostia Arts Center (1241 and 1231 Good Hope Road SE). The event is FREE and open to the public.

The night starts at 6:30 pm at Honfleur Gallery with the presentation of the second annual East of the River Distinguished Artist Award to Luis Peralta Del Valle. Presentation with award panelists will occur promptly at 7 pm. Honfleur's exhibit Mynd Up by BK ADAMS * I AM ART and The Gallery at Vivid Solutions' exhibit Chocolate City Rest in Peace by photographer Steven M. Cummings will be on view until 7:30 pm.

Events continue at the new Anacostia Arts Center starting at 7:30 with live music, light-up dance performances, art exhibitions, a pop-up restaurant from Los Verracos-serving reasonably priced Jerk Chicken, Jerk Tofu, Mint Limeade, and delicious Alfajores for dessert, and free chair massages from the advanced students at Potomac Massage Training Institute.

The Afro Funk All Stars will open the Center at 7:30 pm with a set of Afro-Cuban funk and jazz. Ras Lidj and Deep Band will play starting at 9 pm, combining the vibes of Roots Reggae with Dancehall and DC's own Go-Go scene to create the genre they call "Regg'Go." Lighting up the late-set at 10 pm is the queer discopunk band Glitterlust, known for its light show, wild costumes, and interactive performances.

In between the music, performers Strange Powers and Ben Drexler will be hooping and spinning LED elements to light up the black box theatre. After dark, dancers Eleni Grove and Matina Phillips electrify the Lounge with lighted human tableaux.

Exhibits at the Anacostia Arts Center include Elsabé Dixon's interactive Wings, Weaving, and Worms; paintings from Gustavo Diaz Sosa; Film. Still: Ward 8 Students Abroad curated by BRAY Creative and Nomenclature; the Anacostia Art Gallery and Boutique, featuring art from the African Diaspora; and for the night internationally recognized neon artist Craig Kraft will literally brighten the Anacostia Arts Center.

LUMEN8ANACOSTIA is funded in part by the DC Office of Planning and a grant from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Washington City Paper, Hill Rag and East of the River are media partners for this event.

A full schedule of events is available:
Press images are available upon request.

About ARCH Development Corporation:
Founded in 1991, ARCH Development Corporation (ADC) is, at its core, a small neighborhood-based organization with its entire focus on the economic regeneration of the Historic Community of Anacostia in Washington, DC, using arts, cultural and the creative economy.

ADC believes that properly organized facilities and development programs designed to attract artists, performing arts groups, theater companies and small businesses can serve as the engine for neighborhood economic development.

ADC projects include Honfleur Gallery, The Gallery at Vivid Solutions, Anacostia Arts Center, The Hive + The Hive 2.0, and LUMEN8ANACOSTIA.



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