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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!

Self-Taught Artists

As with formally trained artists, self-taught artists created artwork inspired by their experiences and communities. Some artists are self-taught for financial reasons; art classes might not be affordable, or family responsibilities meant foregoing art school for full-time employment. Others prefer to follow their own visions rather than the influence of peers, popular trends, or creative movements. Many use materials at hand, or found objects for a variety of reasons, including thrift, inventive resourcefulness, and/or concern for the earth. In any case, their ingenious artwork expands the scope of American aesthetics.

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