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Anacostia Community Museum Features Robert Garcia as the 46th Anniversary Benefit Luncheon Presenter

Robert Garcia, Esq., founding director and counsel for The City Project in Los Angeles, is the featured keynote speaker for “Deepening Understanding,” the 46th anniversary luncheon of the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum. The luncheon, a fundraiser for the museum, will take place Friday, Sept 13, at noon at the National Press Club Ballroom. Inspired by the museum’s new mission adopted in 2009, the theme of the benefit refers to the evolution of the nation’s first federally funded community museum from a specific ethnic orientation to a focus on contemporary urban communities. The museum’s advisory board, chaired by James Larry Frazier, organizes the luncheon, and proceeds will benefit the museum’s exhibitions and public programs. For ticket information and sponsorship opportunities, the public may call 202-633-4875, email or visit

“This year’s luncheon theme is a reflection of the museum’s new vision for the future… to be a catalyst for critical thought and discussion about issues that impact people living in urban environments —addressing  unique distinctions as well as universal connections,” said Camille Giraud Akeju, director of the museum. The event also celebrates the museum’s groundbreaking new mission exhibition extended to Nov. 3, “Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement,” which examines citizens’ efforts to restore rivers—including the Anacostia River, Washington’s “other” river—in six urban communities worldwide as well as the cultural, historical and ecological importance of such waterways. 

The Anacostia Community Museum opened in southeast Washington in 1967 as the nation’s first federally funded neighborhood museum. Adopting its current name in 2006, the museum has expanded from a solely African American emphasis to a focus on social and cultural issues impacting urban communities. For more information on the museum, call 202-633-4820 or 202-633-5285 (TTY); for tours, call 202-633-4844.