Most of you have heard of the harrowing story of Lakira Renee Johnson “a 21-year old woman who was pregnant with twins. Around 10pm on August 30 as she emerged from a Northeast Washington, DC carryout store she was shot in the stomach. Police described her as a bystander who was not targeted by the gunman. Lakira went into labor unexpectedly at MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Saturday. Her twins were born alive and lived long enough to be named Heaven and Nevaeh – “Heaven” spelled backward. Lakira underwent additional surgery Monday to repair damage, caused by the bullet that struck her in the stomach, that could not be addressed until after the twin’s birth.”
Mayor Bowser has announced a search for suspects involved in what she called an “especially vicious crime”. So please donate if you can to help Lakira through the terrible incident and follow the other link to help solve the crime if you have any information.
The first exhibit, Ward 5 Wonders, includes work by six local artists who either live or work in Ward 5 in Washington, DC. Adam Bradley and Sarah Wegner both work in bronze, creating humanoid figures that struggle through issues of identity, aging, fear, and pain. Duly Noted Painters and Shawn Lindsay also represent humanity in their artwork, using dramatic, vivid, and unnatural colors of paint to elevate the mundane. Kim Bursic seeks to capture fleeting moments in her abstracted landscapes, painting images of destruction and chaos to symbolize moments of great change in her personal life. Shani C. Hernandez creates abstract paintings that visually represent her personal experiences, often using found objects and discarded electronics to criticize the disconnect found within human nature.
The second, New Works, features original work made within the past six months by Art Enables’ resident artists. As artists with disabilities, their themes can range from loss, love, past trauma, travel, and family to favorite TV characters and pop culture references, but they all have one commonality – a desire to share their story and unique perspectives with the world.
Guests can meet some of the New Works artists at the free Second Saturday Workshop on September 10th, 2016 1 – 4pm.
For more information about these events and the Art Enables artists, visit http://www.art-enables.org/events/.
Who could use an extra $50,000 to freshen up or improve their small business? Silly question, right? The Great Streets Small Business Grants Application period is open again until October 21, 2016. You can find out more and apply by visiting Great Streets Grants on the DC.gov website.
Great Streets will also be hosting an information session at 2012 Rhode Island Avenue, NE on Tuesday September 6 from 1pm until 2:30pm. Visit the Great Streets events page for more information.
Download the Great Streets 2016 Grants Flyer for additional information.
Vendors can now register for your spot at the Procrastinator’s Holiday Market. Register now through November 18th to avoid a $20 late fee that will be applied if you register after this date. In other words, vendors need to not procrastinate to get their spot lined up.
Last year’s market was a great success and a warm, friendly event for both vendors and sellers and the Rhode Island Avenue NE community. Make sure you get involved and get your wares out there.
Register here, don’t delay…do it, now. No really.