Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Neighborhood Knowledge is coming to you!

Sure, you know your neighborhood. But what about others? Humanities DC's commitment to the residents and learning takes on an exciting new form next Tuesday, December 16.

With the help of Big Bear Cafe, we'll focus the spotlight on Bloomingdale, first stop in our mad concert tour of DC neighborhoods.

But this isn't your ordinary talking head format. It is the residents who breathe life into a neighborhood, and that's where you all come in. Our program will explore Bloomingdale through the voices of its community.

Hear our panelists discuss the neighborhood's past and present. More importantly, join the conversation!

Share your photos, stories, videos, art, and anything else that addresses the evolution of Bloomingdale's urban space and community.  Bring them with you, or upload in the comments below.
We can't wait to hear from you!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Neighborhood Knowledge: Bloomingdale

Good Hope, Sawmpoodle, Sursum Corda... Washington DC counts 112 neighborhoods. How many do you know? Find out with a new slot in the Humanitini program: Neighborhood Knowledge. In this recurring series, we criss-cross the city east to west and north to south to explore the diverse geographical and social tapestry of its communities. 

On Tuesday 12/16 at Big Bear Café (6:30-8:30pm), we'll focus on Bloomingdale, past and present. The neighborhood's growing development in the last few years has brought in its wake a new economic reality along with, inevitably, demographic change. Rather than tracing its evolution through charts and percentages, we'll focus on community voices. 

We want to hear from you -- Bloomingdale residents and enthusiasts old and new, former and current. We're interested in the architecture, stories, traditions, and most of all, the multiple facets of lived experience that make up the neighborhood's history. From childhood to churches, parks to parades, street art to community relations, we welcome an array of approaches to the theme of urban transformation. 

Please contribute to the conversation by sharing your photos, posters, stories, little-known facts and more! Together, they'll set the stage for discussion and become part of Bloomingdale's collective neighborhood knowledge.

HOW: For images, you may post digital, scanned photos to this blog by uploading them in the comments section. 

OR you can bring hard copies to Stu Davenport at Big Bear Café  which he'll exhibit on the walls for all to enjoy. 
We look forward to hearing from you!


WHEN: Tuesday, December 16; 6:30-8:30pm.
WHERE: Big Bear Cafe, 1700 First Street NW
WHO: Our panel includes
Natalie HopkinsonPh.D, author of Go-Go Live Ph.D, author of Go-Go Live ( 
Saaret Yoseph, multimedia storyteller; director/producer of The Red Line D.C. Project (
Scott Roberts, community activist and blogger of Bloomingdale
Autumn Saxon-Ross,Ph.D., program director for place-based initiatives for the National Collaborative on Health Equity. 
WHAT: Free! Register here:

Bloomingdale and Ledroit Park in 1901.