It is with great sorrow that the staff of the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum and I report the passing of Steven Cameron Newsome, former director of Anacostia Museum for twelve years. Steven leaves behind a considerable legacy of cultural activism and achievement, and a strong network of artists, cultural professionals, colleagues, and friends. Under his leadership, a new award-winning museum facility was also designed and construction completed. He served on many boards of cultural organizations in the Washington D.C. area, including the American Association of Museums, Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, and the Maryland Humanities Council. He also served a term as President of the Mid-Atlantic Museums Association.
Before coming to the Museum, Steven served as director of the Banneker-Douglass Museum and also served as director of the Maryland Commission on African American history. After leaving the Anacostia Museum, he became Executive Director of Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council, and founding director of Prince George's County African American Museum and Cultural Center.
Steven was an indefatigable networker, and enjoyed mentoring artists and young people involved in the arts. He leaves behind many friends and colleagues who deeply mourn his passing.
Camille Giraud Akeju, Director