Press Preview for “A Right to the City” exhibition

Media only: 

Amy Kehs                            
(202) 309-5543

NOTE TO EDITORS: Media interested in setting up interviews with staff should call Amy Kehs.


Press Preview for “A Right to the City” exhibition


Wednesday, April 18
10 to 11:30 a.m.


Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Pl. S.E.



Lori Yarrish, director, Anacostia Community Museum
Samir Meghelli, curator, Anacostia Community Museum

The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum opens its signature 50th anniversary exhibition, “A Right to the City,” Saturday, April 21. A press preview for the exhibition will be on Wednesday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

After a half-century of population decline and disinvestment, Washington, DC, today is home to a rapidly growing population, rising rents and home prices, major new development projects, but also deepening inequality. “A Right to the City” explores more than five decades of neighborhood change in the nation’s capital as well as the rich history of organizing and civic engagement that accompanied it. Highlighting six neighborhoods across the city—Adams Morgan, Anacostia, Brookland, Chinatown, Shaw, and Southwest—the exhibition tells the story of how ordinary Washingtonians have helped shape and reshape their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways: through the fight for quality public education, for healthy and green communities, for equitable development and transit, and for a genuinely democratic approach to city planning.

# # #