Anacostia Playhouse 2017 Season Calendar

The Anacostia Playhouse is located at 2020 Shannon Place SE. To learn more about the Anacostia  Playhouse including productions, rental opportunities and community projects visit www.anacostiaplayhouse.com.

Save the Date! The ABID Annual Meeting is March 17th!

The Anacostia Business Improvement District (ABID) is inviting all members to the ABID Annual Meeting on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Anacostia Arts Center located at 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington DC 20020. During this meeting we will be going over the following items:

  • 2016 year in review
  • ABID goals for 2017
  • Election of a new member to the ABID Board of Directors

Your attendance is greatly appreciated. Please stay tuned for more details. For more information contact Amanda Stephenson, Executive Director at amanda@anacostiabid.org.

Register now for Bike To Work Day on May 19th!

On Friday May 19, 2017 Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association invite you to celebrate bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work. Be one of the first 16,000 to register by May 12th and attend a pit stop in D.C., MD, and VA to receive a free T-shirt, refreshments, and be entered into a raffle for a new bicycle!

To register and to learn more about Bike To Work Day including DC pitstops visit www.biketoworkmetrodc.org.

Feb 17 & 18 | Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration Events

Friday, February 17, 2017

Kick-Off Party with Nucleus

7:00 pm
Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC, 20020
Get down in celebration of Frederick Douglass’s birth with a live band! Nucleus will perform. Douglass loved music – he sang, danced, and played violin with his guests at Cedar Hill.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Opening Ceremony
10:15 am – noon
Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE, Washington, DC, 20020
Keynote address by Dr. Leigh Fought, Le Moyne College, author of Women in the World of Frederick Douglass; music by the Washington Revels’ Jubilee Voices; and speech recitals by students from the annual Oratorical Contest.

Historic Photography Demonstrations
Noon – 4:00 pm
Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC, 20020
Frederick Douglass was the most photographed American of the 1800s. Learn about how photos were taken back then and maybe even sit for a portrait! Demonstrations by Rob Gibson, Gibson Photographic Gallery.

The Life and Times of a Frederick Douglass Portrait
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W Street SE, Washington, DC, 20020
Explore the long and complex history of a rare and stunning painting of Frederick Douglass that hangs at Cedar Hill. Presentation by Lisa Struckmeyer, Prince William Historic Preservation Office.

Douglass and Shakespeare
Two Shows: 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm
Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC, 20020
Actor Darius Wallace portrays Frederick Douglass in this original one-act performance that reveals how Douglass was inspired by the works of William Shakespeare.

Douglass’s Love for Art
1:00 – 1:45 pm
Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC, 20020
Frederick Douglass used visual art as a political tool. Learn about his favorite artwork and the relationship between nineteenth-century art and reform movements. Lecture by Sarah Cash, Associate Curator, National Gallery of Art, and Dr. Ka’mal McClarin, Museum Curator, National Park Service.

Art Comes to Life: Tours of Frederick Douglass’s Home through the Eyes of His Portraits
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W Street SE, Washington, DC, 20020
Take a guided tour of Cedar Hill and see actors bring portraits of Frederick Douglass’s family and friends to life.

Children’s Art Activities
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W Street SE, Washington, DC, 20020
Fun activities by EYL: Enjoy Your Life 365 Project.

“I am the Painter”: Frederick Douglass and a Life of Art-Making
2:00 – 2:45 pm
Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC, 20020
For Frederick Douglass, art-making was a radical statement of equality. Dr. Celeste-Marie Bernier, The University of Edinburgh, co-author of Picturing Frederick Douglass, gives a special presentation on the ways in which Douglass maintained control of his image through photographs, portraits, drawings, and sculpture.

Grow-Your-Own-Food Workshop
2:00 – 2:45 pm
Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC, 20020
Frederick Douglass grew all kinds of fruits and vegetables on the grounds of his 15-acre Cedar Hill estate. Steve Coleman from Washington Parks & People will teach you the skills to grow and maintain your own urban garden.

Dance Like Douglass: African-American Dance and Culture
3:00 – 3:45 pm
Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC, 20020
Frederick Douglass was known to cut a mean “pigeon wing.” Join Dr. Tamara L. Brown and dancers from Bowie State University to learn African-American dance traditions from the 1800s to today.

The Douglass Kitchen: African-American Culinary Traditions
3:00 – 3:45 pm
Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC, 20020
Learn about Frederick Douglass’s culinary life during his early years and under the roof of Cedar Hill. Presentation by Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson, University of Maryland-College Park.

Feb 18 | Nubian Hueman presents Black Love Experience

Tickets are still available! The Black Love Experience will take place at the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd SE.

Originating from the masterminds behind Nubian Hueman, The Black Love Experience is a conglomerate of artistry and inventiveness geared towards creatives, revolutionaries, kindred souls, and fearless visionaries celebrating ourselves under the canopy of all things Black. This event connects the vibrant creative community of the Washington DC Metro Area and beyond, through expressions of music, art, wellness, and creative commerce, but most of all it’s good vibes and togetherness. To contain it under the guise of a party, pop-up, concert, or gathering of any kind would be an understatement.

A portion of our proceeds go towards organizations and schools in our local community.