Tour 2: East of the River: Exploring Justice-Centered Projects in D.C.

June 27, 2020, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Session Type: ARTventure

Welcome to the Congress Heights neighborhood of southeast Washington, D.C. This tour will start with a visit to the largest, social-sector facility in the country—the Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Campus (THEARC)—and the nonprofit, Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR), that manages the campus. You will also be introduced to BBAR’s varied facilities and projects including the Skyland Workforce Center, BBAR Farm, THEARC Theater and the 11th Street Bridge Park. During this tour you will learn about new models for collaboration, justice-centered community development, and the role of arts and artists in neighborhood planning. After a panel with BBAR staff and tour of THEARC, we will travel to the artist-led Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center to visit with southeast artists who anchor their work in social justice and activism. They will share their experience in working in a city that is undergoing vast economic and cultural displacement and the role that artists have to play in civic discourse.

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience.