DC Grants Anacostia Nearly $4 Million for Arts and Culture District

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development announced a nearly $4 million grant to the Anacostia Business Improvement District to support the creation of the Anacostia Arts and Culture District.

Ward 8 in Washington DC will soon be a marquee for the arts.

Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development announced a nearly $4 million grant to the Anacostia Business Improvement District to support the creation of the Anacostia Arts and Culture District.

“The Anacostia Arts and Culture District is about creating new opportunities to showcase and support the artists, creators and entrepreneurs who keep DC creative,” Bowser said in a press release. “We know how important it is to invest in art – to inspire people, to grow and preserve our culture, and to bring the community together. We look forward to working with the community to give Ward 8 another spotlight and destiny.”

A press release said this grant will help fund new events and programs that would engage people in the area and bring visitors to Ward 8.

In addition, it provides opportunities to support local artists working in media, including visual arts, food, theatre, music and film.

“Ward 8 is home to a vibrant arts community, and arts and culture are a major driver of tourism in the district,” Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio said in a statement. “We know how much art and culture make our neighborhoods more vibrant. Not only will this grant support local artists and enliven the neighborhood for its residents, but it will also bring more customers to restaurants and stores and create jobs for Washingtonians.”

Bowser said this is an investment in the recovery and growth of the economy in Ward 8. It will also support better access to the neighborhood through a neighborhood shuttle for residents and visitors.

“We look forward to working with the community to bring this new spotlight to the arts community in Ward 8,” she says tweeted.


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