Daily Archives: November 16, 2015

African Drumming Classes/Events

Interested in learning African drumming or purchasing artworks from Ghana? For now you can do that just a short walk, bike ride, or drive away from Trinidad.

Cultural DC, an organization that makes space for and supports visual and performing arts, is becoming more involved in art related events in and around Ivy City. They are joining forces with D. B. Lee Development and Construction and Brook Rose Development on an arts-focused hotel at 411 New York Avenue NE. While that project has not broken ground yet, they are already supporting some arts space in the area.

Hands on Drums is one of the groups being supported by Cultural DC. Hands on Drums represents artisan drums and craftworks from Ghana. They have started a pop-up store, community space, and arts empowerment initiative at 1518 Okie Street NE in Ivy City. Through the end of January they will be holding weekly drum classes on Sundays, drum and dance classes on Tuesday, and family drum circles on Saturdays. There are additional events planned, including an African bazaar and artisan market on December 19th. Check their website for more information on Hands on Drums, a full roster of events, and class fees.



Housing-First Units Open on Owen Place

A few of Trinidad’s newest residents moved to the neighborhood in October as Open Arms Housing, Inc. completed and opened their housing-first units on Owen Place. The units, their second project in Washington, DC, provide permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless women and are a model for ending chronic homelessness in the city. The project begins with providing permanent housing and then addressing other services based on individual need. Funding for the projects are from a mix a public and private entities. Construction was recognized back in April as Open Arms Housing and their construction partners moved forward with building plans.

A recent Washington Post covered the project on Owen Place and provides an introduction to some of our newest neighbors. Stop by and say hello to welcome them to our community!

November TNA Community Meeting — 11/24

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Monthly Community Meeting
November 24th, 2015
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Trinidad Recreation Center 1310 Childress St. NE


  1. Welcome
  2. Public Safety Update from MPD
  3. Guest Presentations
    1. Office of the Student Advocate – Faith Gibson Hubbard, Chief Student Advocate
    2. DC Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education – Joyanna Smith, Ombudsman for Public Education
    3. Garage Construction Project – Alex Hastings, Trinidad Resident
  1. TNA Business
  2. Community Updates
    1. Mayor Bowser’s Office of Community Engagement
    2. Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie’s Office
    3. ANC 5D Commissioners
    4. Announcements

NO DECEMBER TNA MEETING – Next Meeting – January 26th

TNA’s monthly meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month

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