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Engaging Our Youth
On June 19, 2018 we kicked off the first ever Hip-Hop Academy at the Anacostia Arts Center. The goal for the program is to use hip-hop as a means to create career skills in the music and creative arts industries. Students are learning the four pillars of hip-hop: Emcee’ing - Breakdancing - Graffiti - DJ’ing
Their final performance will take place on August 18 @7PM in the Black Box Theatre (inside the Anacostia Arts Center).

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Get to know AAC
All too often first time visitors exclaim "I didn't know all this was even here!" Let me tell you a little more about who we are. Grab your coffee and check this out.

The Anacostia Arts Center is led by community based nonprofit organization, that has been rooted in Historic Anacostia for over 35 years! We are located in what used to be a Woolworth's. Beginning as a job training center, the arts center came to be in 2013.

The Anacostia Arts Center is a home for art, culture, and small businesses. We don't teach art classes but if you're looking for a space to lead a class, we can do that. In line with our vision that Anacostia should be a vibrant residential and commercial neighborhood, we are home to five black owned - women owned businesses, with a sixth coming in September! Can you say#BlackGirlMagic

Each month we host two free live music events: All The Way Live Tuesdays! and Second Sunday Jazz, both of which are open to the public. During the holiday season, you can get a free photo with Santa at our annual Selfies with Santa event. We also have a Black Box Theatre, where we host theatrical performances, dance productions, comedy shows, workshops and more. Seasonally we provide funding for theatre companies to produce a new production through the Resident Theatre Incubator Program. We're currently accepting proposals.

There is always something happening at the Anacostia Arts Center, you can keep up to date with all our events on our website. Also, as a nonprofit organization we welcome your generous donations, which enable us to provide free events, theatre and gallery space as well as a home for arts, culture and small business!
Live Music
All The Way Live Tuesdays! has a two more performances before our season closer this series exemplifies the vibrant creative economy of DMV talent.

Join us on July 31 from 7-9PM for a free live performance by Prowess the Testament.

Vendors will also be on site.
A New Nation
A New Nation is the latest performance piece generated through Convergence Theatre’s Guerrilla Theatre Works model, a synthesis of performance art, poetry, interviews and physical theatre. 

July 6 - 29, 2018 @8PM $10 (Ward 8 resident tickets $5)
Kwanza In August
Live music, theater presentations, comedy stand-up, community mixers, free workshops and a visual arts exhibit are highlights of this three-day festival.

August 3 - 5, 2018 FREE
As The Beast & Dragon Clash
The Beast and Dragon Clash (B&DC) incorporates jazz, soul, classical, rock, heavy metal and other genres, and features dance, art, and a video installation. Three years in the making, the B&DC represents–and is represented by–some of the greatest artists in Washington DC: the recorded voices of Raheem Devaughn, Christie Dashiell, and Solomon Howard.

August 11, 2018 @8PM $25
The Creative Entrepreneur Gallery is featuring the work of Paulie Boyd. He has a strong track record as a creative director, innovator and artist.
His passion for bringing visions to life is undeniable. Whether it's branding, designing, decor, graphics, event themes, campaigns, art or marketing, he leads a great team on every endeavor.

Exhibition runs July 20 - August 23, 2018 in the Hive2.0 1231B Good Hope Road SE WDC 20020
We're looking for you. Our end of year holiday exhibit will showcase Afrofuturistic art. With roots in science fiction, the visual art uses current and historical artistic themes to project the future of political, cultural and the economic themes of black people.

Submit your interest here.
We're looking for makers and creatives who are ready to get their products in front of consumers. The Anacostia Arts Center Artist Market will be a three month market featuring products made by DC residents.

Submit your interest here.
When you give to the Anacostia Arts Center, you sustain Anacostia Arts.
1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC, 20020 - (202)-631-6291