Vernard Gray seethes with frustration every time he hears people talk about certain historic D.C. neighborhoods as “up and coming,” as if to completely overwrite the history of longtime residents who have called the places home for decades.
That is why Gray, 76, a D.C. native, artist, curator and longtime cultural activist in the local arts community, has just launched a website called Made East River that offers a comprehensive directory of people who make artistic products or offer creative services in Wards 7 and 8.
“We’ve got stuff of value east of the river,” he said. “Let’s discover it. Let’s explore it. Let’s make something happen.”
Gray has picked a pivotal time to start his project. In the face of rapidly encroaching gentrification in Southeast — and with it, the threat of massive change and displacement — he is hoping that Made East River will help the area take charge of its culture and history and preserve a narrative directed by African American residents.
Majority-black Southeast is too often treated “like the backwater of the city,” Gray said. “Gentrification is happening. There’s no way of stopping it. But when they show up, they’ll think, ‘Okay, there’s something happening here.’ And they’ve got to honor that.”
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#SAVEDC From Gun Violence! Help M.I. to Raise the Awareness – Saturday, August 15th @ 6:45 PM
Help M.I. to Raise the Awareness!
A gun violence discussion with the community & families of Davon McNeal & Carlos General
Saturday, August 15th
Saturday’s virtual zoom which will begin at 7p.m. Please find the enclosed link for tuning in below. The event will be live streamed on YouTube as well as Facebook in addition to Zoom.
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We have to do something about the continuous loss of life and the disconnection of our youth!
There are many philosophies surrounding the nature of this senseless gun-violence and the cycles of despair that many of our youth are caught up in.
Please plan to participate as we feel that it takes a village to not only come to the table but to remain at the table, as we peel back the layers and address this matter and all of the supporting circumstances that have us as a culture losing our young men and youth daily.
M.I. wishes to extend a very special “thank-you” to the family members who are courageously willing to come forward for the benefit of saving our youth despite the loss and unfortunate situations currently facing their families. The show of humility and understanding is not taken lightly and we are forever indebted to your sacrifice and for you heeding the call.
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Topic: Help M.I. to Raise the Awareness! #SAVEDC
Time: Aug 15, 2020 06:45 PM Eastern Time
The Colored Section : The Art of Zsudayka Nzinga & James Terrell RECEPTION
About this Event
JAMES STEPHEN TERRELL
James Terrell is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Northeast, Washington, DC. His paintings incorporate ideas of ancestry and identity alongside formal concerns of color and composition. Terrell holds a MFA in painting from Parsons School of Design and a BFA from Howard University. He has exhibited throughout Washington, DC for over 15 years, including at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum and the Howard University Gallery of Fine Art. He works as an art teacher in the DC Public Schools.
Zsudayka Nzinga is an acrylic artist from Denver, CO. her career as an artist. Her work is largely composed of messages regarding the experience of the black woman in america. Its aim is to start creating pieces that are definitive around the culture of “black”America as a tribe of new American African people. Zsudayka Nzinga’s work contains a lot of patterns and symbolism. The patterns are inspired by textile fabrics, Ankara and other culture fabric patterns and stained glass. There are often recurring images. She uses stained glass styled line work to communicate things are always in a state of change, coming together or moving apart but all are pieces that tell a story.
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