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Journey Anacostia Public Art to be Dedicated in Ward 8

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Journey Anacostia Public Art to be Dedicated in Ward 8

Journey Anacostia is a public art sculpture and mural by DC artist Wilfredo Valladares.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) are pleased to invite the public to the Dedication Ceremony for the Journey Anacostia sculpture and mural project on Saturday, June 22, 10:00 am at 1201 Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE.

Journey Anacostia is a public art sculpture and mural by DC artist Wilfredo Valladares. The installation reflects the diverse history and heritage of the Anacostia community and seeks to inspire the viewer to establish a dialogue on the interconnection of the past, present and future of Anacostia. The walls behind the sculpture were transformed with a colorful mural created in collaboration with youth from the United Planning Organization’s POWER Program.

“We are delighted to bring more public art to Anacostia, a neighborhood steeped in much of the proud history of Washington, DC,” said DCCAH Executive Director Lionell Thomas. “Public art provides a welcome opportunity to showcase our identity and connection to the community.”

DHCD Director Michael P. Kelly adds, “The corner of Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave SE is the gateway to Ward 8, and this installation will finally give the Historic District the entrance it has long needed. For many, this is their first sight when crossing the Anacostia River – and I think they will agree that this is a much better reflection of this culturally rich community than the vacant lot that was previously at this site.”

DCCAH is responsible for providing grants, programs and educational activities that encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities so that all District of Columbia residents and visitors can experience the rich culture of our city.  As the Nation’s Capital, the District of Columbia is a world–class cultural destination. The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) will be the leading voice for arts and culture in the city, thereby elevating the impact of the arts and humanities locally, nationally and internationally.

One tool with which the agency accomplishes this goal is our DC Creates! Public Art Program. This program is responsible for purchasing, commissioning and installing public art works throughout the District to cultivate dynamic, vibrant and nurturing communities through the use of art and design. DC Creates! provides opportunities for individuals to encounter art in parks, libraries, community centers, government offices, bridges and other public venues.

The mission of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is to create and preserve opportunities for affordable housing and economic development and to revitalize underserved communities in the District of Columbia. With its Housing Resource Center and administrative offices located across the street from Journey Anacostia, DHCD has taken on a stewardship role in Historic Anacostia, leading to a number of innovative community development projects in the neighborhood.