ADC is a 20 year old community based organization that believes arts and the creative economy can bring revitalization to Anacostia.
Founded in 1991, ARCH Development Corporation began providing small scale neighborhood and business development. In 2004, the Board developed a strategic plan that lead to a change in focus. ADC believes that, in collaboration with other community groups, arts and cultural activities will not only support the individual artist, but it will fuel economic growth while providing programming for residents that is currently unavailable
ADC feels that properly organized facilities and development programs designed to attract artists, performing arts groups, theater companies and other creative community-based organizations can serve as the engine for neighborhood economic development. This approach will yield other benefits. It will nourish the spiritual and creative energies to allow the community to reinvigorate itself. The creative economy also can bridge the many differences that seemingly divide the residents of Anacostia such as age, gender, income, race and ethnicity.
Current ADC projects include:
The HIVE 2.0
The Gallery at Vivid Solutions
Vivid Solutions Archival Print Lab
Eat Shop Live Anacostia
The Storefront Improvement Program
Small Business Technical Assistance