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HCWD, THEARC and St. Elizabeths East Finish Ward 8 Festival Series

Art activity taking place at The Arts & Humanities Festival at St. Elizabeths Ea

Southeast Residents Celebrate the Arts

Sam P. Collins, The Washington Informer

Byron Granderson couldn’t believe his eyes when he entered the gates of St. Elizabeths Hospital in Southeast. Vendors showcased an array of tasty treats, people danced to the sounds of D.C.’s own Experience Unlimited, and canopies dotted the landscape – each offering a different activity of which to enjoy.

11th Street Bridge Park Receives Matching Gift

The 11th Street Bridge Park has very exciting news to share regarding efforts to create DC's first elevated park over the Anacsotia River! Earlier this month the 11th Street Bridge Park received a $100,000 gift to support our nation-wide design competition, lead an economic development analysis and implement a health impact assessment. Now every donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000. To learn more about the project or make a donation, click here.

THEARC and The Humanities Council of DC Announce Call for Local Artists for Community Arts Festival

The Humanities Council of Washington, DC, in partnership with THEARC, is looking for artists and performers for The Arts and Humanities Festival at St. Elizabeth's! The Arts and Humanities Festival at St. Elizabeth's is gearing up to be a celebration of the culture, creativity and community of the Ward 8 neighborhoods and the expansion of the East Campus of St. Elizabeth's.

"Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life" Opens Exclusively in DC July 20 and 21 at THEARC Theater

Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life, a story about making hard choices between career and true love, travels from Buffalo, New York to the nation’s capitol for three exciting performances on Saturday, July 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. sponsored by WHUR-FM 96.3 and on July 21 at 2 p.m. THEARC Theater is located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue, S.E. Washington, D.C. 20020.

Art of the Heirloom Exhibition on View at The Corcoran Community Gallery at THEARC

Art of the Heirloom: Cultural Seed Savers

Presented by the Hudson Valley Seed Library

Art of the Heirloom is an exhibition of artist’s interpretations and contemplations of heirloom seeds and the cultural importance of preserving garden heritage. The diversity of the artwork reflects the diversity of heirloom seeds and their stories. It is curated by the Hudson Valley Seed Library and will be on display here at THEARC in the Corcoran Community Gallery throughout the month of June. A piece even features our very own Keith Cook – a staff member of BBAR!

Summer Opportunities: THEARC's Organic Garden

Building Bridges at THEARC would like to announce the following vacant, seasonal positions at our Organic Garden:


ArtReach and GW’s Corcoran Arts Program Prepares D.C. Art Students for College


Eleven young artists sat quietly in the brightly lit room at THEARC in Southeast Washington, studying their images in mirrors propped in front of them. Each student had the same assignment—create a self-portrait.

Fifteen-year-old Amari Walton displayed a contorted facial expression as she explained that it wasn’t her favorite exercise.

“It looks way better now… the way it is supposed to be,” said Ms. Walton, who has been taking the portfolio development class at ArtReach for the last four years.

ArtReach at THEARC

Southeast DC Young Artist Show on View at ArtReach Gallery

ArtReach Gallery at THEARC’s newest exhibition, Southeast DC Young Artist Show, features high school students living East of the River. The eclectic pieces represent a central theme of “Community” and represent each student’s unique sense of their surroundings through photography, painting, and drawings.

Curated by Maya Simkin, Larry Cook, Susana Raab, Wesley Clark, Christie Neptune, and Shaunte Gates. Sponsored by a grant from Eagle Endowment at American University and a partnership with ArtReach at THEARC.

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ArtReach at THEARC

The Washington Ballet Students Dance Around the Town

One of The Washington Ballet's (TWB) DanceDC schools had an exciting opportunity to perform for the new Chancellor of DC Public Schools, Antwan Wilson, at Beers Elementary School last week. The students staged a rendition of Green Eggs and Ham, displaying their graceful footwork for Wilson during his second day on the job.

THEARC Announces New Executive Director

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -  The Board of Directors of Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rahsaan Bernard as the new Executive Director of the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC). Bernard will transition from his current role as BBAR’s Director of Development effective immediately.