The historic neighborhood of Anacostia has been home to the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum for nearly 50 years, where it’s focused on African American history and culture. In the past decade or so, cheaper rents East of the River have drawn artists and arts organizations to the area, including the Anacostia Playhouse, which relocated from H Street NE. We explore the arts scene, and what increasing development and property values will mean.


  • Amber Robles Gordon Visual Artist
  • Camille Giraud Akeju Director, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
  • John Johnson Playwright

Photos: Anacostia's Art Scene

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