JHI Foster Bey, Multi Disciplined Artist, Art Instructor
JHI is a very dynamic multi disciplined artist who often addresses social issues in his work. He has contributed to the lives of many youth East of the River and throughout the District as a mentor, youth program coordinator and arts instructor. His story is very inspiring.
Juanita "BZB" Britton, Curator, Entrpreneur
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Rick Freeman, Narrative Painter
Rik Freeman was born in Athens, GA in 1956, and began his professional career as an Artist/Muralist in Washington, DC in 1989, where he has painted numerous murals throughout the metropolitan area. Including his most recent commissions Shaw Rhythms, in 2003 for the new Washington Convention Center Washington, DC and Arl@200, in 2002 at the Arlington County Courthouse Arlington, VA.
Omékongo Dibinga, Poet, Author, Educator
Omékongo Dibinga is a Les Brown Platinum Motivational Speaker, diversity educator, trilingual poet, CNN contributor, and positive rapper. He is the Founder and CEO of Free Your Mind Publishing. His Urban Music Award winning work has best been described by Nikki Giovanni as "outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old." His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree, was described by Essence Magazine as "a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit."
Melvin Deal, African Heritage Dancers and Drummers
Melvin Deal has been instructing African dance and drumming in Washington, DC for over 30 years. His commitment to uplifting the Ward 7 & 8 community is outstanding. Deal's program gives many young people an opportunity to learn culture, heritage, and discipline while being exposed to new and exciting things.
Amber Robles-Gordon, Photography, Mixed Media
Amber Robles-Gordan's work is a unique blend of photography, painting and found objects that make her mixed-media pieces demand attention and wow patrons.
Bruce McNeil, Photographer
Bruce McNeil is an outstanding photographer who is always on the move. His work is always unique and inspiring.