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The Anacostia Community Museum’s indoor gallery will be closed Sept. 18 through Oct. 31 as we bring our next exhibition to life. Even though our gallery is closed, join us at any of the dynamic upcoming events planned over the next 6 weeks. More information about our events is available at: We look forward to seeing you soon!

Music in DC

Imagine Washington, DC as a musical map. Contralto Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial, after her concert shifted from a private, segregated auditorium to the public, inclusive space of the National Mall. On sports fields, marching bands high step at half-time. Drum circles gather Sundays in the park. Jazz spills out of churches, and clubs pulse with the percussive patterns of the Caribbean: cadence, calypso, dancehall. Go-go, DC’s home-grown fusion of funk, blues, soul, and salsa, syncopates city streets. Sheet music, instruments, and performance programs hint at how music moves the District.

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