Free Event on Resilience in the Face of Disaster

By Ben Curran Hello and greetings from the SW Emergency Preparedness Task Force otherwise known as “SW Strong!” We are a small but growing group of mostly SW residents interested in building a “disaster-resilient community” in SW—a community that is well-informed, self-reliant, supportive of all of our neighbors and ready to bounce back in the event […]

Waterfront Village Seeks New Executive Director

By Ann Kurzius Longtime Southwest activist Bob Craycraft has announced he will be stepping down as Executive Director of the Waterfront Village by the end of the year.  “Bob was one of the instigators and architects who created our senior village from scratch,” recalls President Barbara Ehrlich. “In May 2013 we held the first community […]

DC STORM & Jefferson Students Tackle Hampton Roads, VA

By Jay Shorter On the weekend of June 28 through June 30, DC STORM (Students Taught Organization and Respect through Mentoring) traveled to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. All members of DC STORM attend middle school at Jefferson Academy. The trip was considered a college tour led by Jay Shorter and Ronald Hines and […]

Amidon-Bowen Tutor of the Month

By Ava Millstone Thank you to all of our neighbors who tutored young people at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School this year. The tutoring program, part of Southwest Neighborhood Assembly’s Education and Scholarship Task Force, had a successful first year and is recruiting volunteers for next year. Read more below about Amidon-Bowen’s Tutor of the Month: Audrey […]

Jazz Night DC Presents Ben Sands: “This is My Story”

Fundraiser for the SWNA Scholarship Program By Vyllorya Evans Among the stellar jazz performers that Westminster’s Jazz Night DC has promoted, on August 9 at 6 p.m., saxophonist extraordinaire Ben Sands, affectionately known as SW’s Favorite Son, will lead a winning line-up, premiering his autobiographical presentation of art, music and the spoken word. “I believe […]

Strength, Beauty and Power: An Exploration of Women at the National Museum of African Art

By Sheila Wickouski In adjoining galleries at the National Museum of African Art, two exhibits offer rare experiences in considering different expressions of art that emphasize the strength, beauty and power of women.  I am…Contemporary Women Artists of Africa (through July 5, 2020)features works of 27 artists from 10 African countries who explore through media as […]

Here’s to the Next Chapter…

By Katelynd Anderson, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief, “The Southwester” This issue is my last issue as Editor-in-Chief, as I am leaving the neighborhood to put down roots in another quadrant of the District. It is only fitting that my last “official act” as a Southwest resident is to bid adieu to this neighborhood through the medium that gave me […]