For a majority of Washingtonians,Â Anacostia is a place on the Green Line where people live, work, and play, but not a destination. However, in the last ten years new museums and galleries have been sprouting up and the area is undergoing increased development. Many of these Anacostia galleries and museums focus on community, the District, and what it means to live in and be a part of the Nation’s Capital. While the museums on the Mall reach capacity with sweaty hordes from out of town, these museums and galleries are local in focus, but national and international in scope.Â Take a Saturday and see some of the exciting things going on east of the river.
American Poetry Museum– Founded in 2004, this small Museum is part gallery, part literary gathering place. With monthly readings, author events, concerts, and exhibits, the American Poetry Museum is both a great place to quickly breeze through and a destination for a night out.Â Some of their events take place at local galleries so make sure to call ahead before attending a reading. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM to 4PM.
Honfleur Gallery– Dedicated to promoting artists in and from DC, the Honfleur Gallery is a good place to view the zeitgeist of local art. Rotating exhibits in a range of media make this an interesting place to visit from time to time. The Honfleur is partnered with The Gallery at Vivid Solutions. These two galleries will both be hosting the 4th annual â€œEast of the Riverâ€ juried exhibition starting July 30th, which features the work of 11 local artists. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from Noon to 5PM and on Saturdays from 11AM to 5PM.
The Gallery at Vivid Solutions– Â A smallish gallery with the feel of a neighborhood shop, the Gallery at Vivid Solutions shows exhibits ranging from abstract digital photos to photojournalism. Vivid Solutions is a photo print lab that houses the Gallery and has brought in some great shows, including alumni of local art programs. The Gallery at Vivid Solutions is open Tuesday through Friday from Noon to 5PM and on Saturdays from 11AM to 5PM.
The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum– The first federally funded neighborhood museum, the Anacostia Community Museum was founded in 1967 andÂ revamped in 2006. The idea of community drives the ACM. Not only does it document and explore the history of â€œcommunity,â€ the Museum also hosts public events, such as film screenings and festivals to expand and build upon community involvement.Â This museum is very family friendly and often has hands-on workshops during the weekend. The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is open daily from 10AM to 5PM.