There was a time when neighbors knew each other, and supported those in need. There was a time when neighborhoods spoke out against negative things happening around them.
There was a time when we could talk, play games that weren't plugged in, learn from each other or just sit and enjoy a cup of coffee on the front porch. Rather than reminisce on the old days, the Emergence Community Arts Collective believes we can revive them. The ECAC, located at 733 Euclid St. NW, Washington DC builds on the strengths of the community by providing informal and formal gathering space, capturing neighborhood history, engaging new and old residents in civic discourse, and reconnecting the generations of residents. ECAC is a model for a true community center designed to rebuild the social networks that are critical to community development.
Mission: The Emergence Community Arts Collective is a cultural arts and community center with a mission to empower the human spirit. Through programs and partnerships, we engage community members of all ages in civic engagement, volunteerism, arts, education, support groups, social activities, and heritage. The resulting social capital generated from these activities strengthen the community by transforming fearful, isolated residents to engaged, empowered citizens.
Volunteers Needed! For ECAC end of year fundraising Letter Stuffing. Sat Dec 16, 2017, 2-6pm at ECAC. Fun and Food for Funds 😁 Call to confirm: 202-462-2285,
The annual ECAC Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner still continues, and will take place Thursday, November 23, 2017, starting around 3pm. Free to all! Bring a dish (or just come and eat), as we remember Sylvia, and commune with others in the spirit of Community and Friendship.
Diverse City Fund
Thinking about applying for a Diverse City Fund grant this fall? We'll be holding two simultaneous information sessions for prospective applicants on Wednesday, September 7 at 7 PM. Members of the Board of Instigators and Grantmaking Teams will be available to discuss the work we do and answer any questions you may have.
The sessions will cover the same material, so please attend whichever session is most convenient for you!
One session will be at the Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW, in Conference Room #2.
The other session will be at the Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE, in the Meeting Room.
RSVPs are not required, but they are very helpful for as we plan the infomation sessions, so if you are planning to attend, we’d love to have you RSVP on this form: https://goo.gl/forms/I4IxFZp25r7DjKf62
ECAC’s Raw Food Festival has been selected as a finalist for the Green Festival Community Award. If we win, we will use the award to provide access to deserving community members. But to win, we need your vote.
Please take a second and cast your vote for the Emergence Community Arts Collective by May 5 at Green Festival Community Award voting link DC is right below New York.
We would highly appreciate if you could share these great news with your friends via email and on Facebook.
Thanks a million!
Voting link: http://www.greenfestivals.org/awards/green-festival-community-award.html
Raw Food Festival
The Emergence Community Arts Collective (ECAC) is a wonderful treasure. The ECAC provides affordable space for artistic, environmental, and health events, like the Raw Food Festival. Rooms are $20 per hour and Sylvia is very accommodating. You have an event and she has space, it will work.
More than that Sylvia Robinson helps you grow. A few years ago, I was looking for a space for a talk, she helped. This year, I organized a Salsa Extravaganza for 100 people at the ECAC. And now the 2nd Annual Raw Food Festival with 7 chefs, 10 talks, 6 exercise demonstrations, and hopefully well over 200 attendees.
Attend wonderful events, create your own, but most importantly take advantage of this wonderful local treasure. More info at http://www.ecacollective.org/
Photos from the Warehouse Theatre at Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC on September 27, 2014
Photos from the Warehouse Theatre at Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC on September 27, 2014
Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday, October 11 it is going DOWN in the DMV. Yes that's right! Don't forget to sign up for the big ECAC 3rd ANNUAL BOWL-A-THON! The fun takes place at Howard University Blackburn Center Bowling Alley from 6:30pm until 9pm. Sign up today: [email protected] or call her at (202) 462-2285.
Get your teams and pledges together and join us! This is one night you don't want to miss!!! #ECACLOVE #Funners #Bowling #DMV #FunRaising #ToManyHashtags #SeeYouThere ;-)
THE ECAC 3rd ANNUAL BOWL-A-THON
Friday October 11th from 6:30-9pm at the
Howard University Blackburn Center Bowling Alley
Sign up today: [email protected]
The Emergence Community Arts Collective is forming a team of bowlers who will help us fun-raise in support of our cultural arts and community center & Building Campaign. To join, raise at least $30 in pledges from friends, family or co-workers for either a per-pin rate or a flat rate. All proceeds support the ECAC. After the event, bowlers will come back to collect pledges.
How Can You Support This Event?
1. Join the team of Bowling Angels If youre available on October 11th and are willing to collect at least $30 in pledges, you can join the team. No skill needed. If you're interested just email Sylvia at [email protected] and you will receive a pledge sheet.
2. Make a Pledge If you would like to make a flat rate or per pin pledge, reply and I can sign you up today or donate online at http://www.ecacollective.org/
ECAC is a model for a true community center - not one imposed on a community, but one built by the community. Our activities are designed to rebuild social networks, empower people and organize around a common vision. “Discover” the treasure that has always been here serving the community since 192...
Check out this blog post in Curbed about ECAC! Great photography!!! Artist Haven Launches Fundraiser to Preserve Building, History http://bit.ly/1bsn6bb
The building that houses the Emergence Community Arts Collective (ECAC) has been a staple of the Shaw neighborhood for over 100 years,...
Saturday September 28th from 7pm 3am @ The Warehouse Theater: Art All Night in Shaw
Based on the Paris's Nuit Blanche festival, Art All Night will bring together performers, musicians, poets, fashion designers and visual artists at 12 venues in Shaw on September 28th from 7pm 3am.
The ECAC will host a showcase at the Warehouse Theater at 645 New York Avenue all night featuring:
Capoeira with the International Capoeira Angola Foundation Swing Dance with Markus and Tren
Cuban Salsa with Barbara Leonard Gabrielle Bernstein
Bellydance with Belladonna
Hip Hop with Bomani Armah
Rock & Soul with The Coolots
Poets and Hip Hop Artists Droopy The Broke Baller and Dwayne The Crochet Kingpin
Plus local poets Brandon Douglas, Shay, Christopher Thomas, Wheeler Light, Gina Elle and more.
The event is free for all! Come out and party ALL night with us while enjoying some of the BEST in DC performers!
Save the Date!
ECAC's 3rd Annual BOWL-A-THON!
Friday October 11th from 6:30-9pm at the HU Blackburn Center Bowling Alley!!!! We are forming a team of bowlers who will help us fundraise in support of our Building Campaign. Each bowler will be given pledge sheets to request pledges from friends, family or co-workers.
Interested? Email Sylvia at [email protected] saying "I want to bowl!" for registration forms & info!! Hope to see you there!!!
Luci Murphy performing. "Together we stay here right where we belong, we ain't gonna move.." #dmv
This Weekend! Labor Day Weekend 2013: ECAC Building Campaign Launch Events
The ECAC is launching a campaign in the 10th year of the buildings purchase to restore and rebuild parts of our building that have suffered through heavy rains, hurricanes, high winds, and aging since 2003. Well also take this opportunity to strengthen our community connections through our Community Wall Project, telling the stories of the community to all who visit. This permanent art installation on the front retaining walls, once they are rebuilt, will lead us into a new phase of growth. We will officially launch this campaign on Labor Day Weekend with the following events:
Saturday August 31st from 10-5: Volunteer Day
We will be working on indoor and outdoor projects to spruce up the center for upcoming activities. You can register by emailing [email protected] or call (202) 462-2285. If you have carpentry, drywall repair or masonry skills and can donate time for small projects at any time, please contact us. Those who volunteer on August 31st will receive an ECAC Service Coupon for each hour worked, which can be credited towards the Benefit Party.
Saturday August 31st at 8:00pm: Benefit Party
Party with us as we welcome Bomani Armah, poet,hip-hop artist and producer most known for his 2007 viral video hit Read a Book. Also performing will be the Coolots, the original all female Rock & Soul band hailing from the Washington, DC area. Food will be available for sale by Rakhels Raw Cuisine.
Sunday September 1st from 3pm 11pm: ECAC Showcase & Luci Murphy Birthday Bash
Celebrate the best of ECAC with a gathering of fun and entertainment. Our lineup will feature a demonstration of the African-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira Angola, the young DC Dynasty Cheer All Stars, Grammy Nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist Christylez Bacon, Plus a special birthday celebration and performance by Luci Murphy - a D.C. native who has been singing songs of liberation and freedom over the last 50 years in English, Spanish, French, Creole, Portuguese, Zulu, Arabic, Hebrew, Swedish, Cherokee, and ki-Swahili. Your entry fee will be a completed pledge card, indicating the amount you will commit to the 2013/2014 Building Campaign.
Food tickets will be $5 and will feature the best Georgia Avenue cuisine: Dulcinea, Mama Chuys, Salt & Pepper, Howard Deli, Sankofa, Yes Organic, At Home Catering, and Everlasting Life.
We've also collected great raffle prizes from Red Rocks, Alero, Etete, Lost Society, Ulah Bistro, Menchies and more.
Donations can be made with cash or check or on the website. www.ecacollective.org
Save the dates and GET READY for an exciting week full of fun events, friends, family, food, and more! It all takes place during Labor Day weekend. We'll be raising funds for ECAC and bringing the community together during the kickoff of our big ECAC Building Campaign for 2013/2014!!!
See the flyer below for a list of planned activities. Please share this info with your FB friends. We hope to see you there!!!!!!
Ms. Lynn French and Dr. Gail Holness
733 Euclid St NW
Washington D.C., DC
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