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Statement on the passing of Lori D. Yarrish, Director of the Anacostia Community Museum

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) extends its sincere condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Lori D. Yarrish, who passed away August 6, 2018 at age 58.

Ms. Yarrish became Director of the Anacostia Community Museum in December 2017, after having served as the museum’s Acting Director since June 2016. Under her leadership, the Anacostia Community Museum expanded its efforts to connect with communities and broadened the social-impact thrust of its mission. In recognition of her work, Ms. Yarrish was named one of Washington, DC’s most powerful women in the arts by Washingtonian magazine in October 2017.

“Lori Yarrish’s work demonstrates the importance of education, history, and community in our city,” said CAH Interim Director Angie M. Gates. “She showed us that museums can be catalysts for positive change through learning and empowerment.”

Ms. Yarrish earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a master’s degree from Parsons School of Design. A celebration of life service will be held Friday, August 17, 2018 at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in the District.