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Eco-Friendly Business Incubator Opens New Art Gallery East of the River in the Heart of Ward 7.

Center for Green Urbanism and Tubman Mahan Gallery on East City Art
The Center for Green Urbanism and the Tubman-Mahan Gallery located at 3938 Benning Road NE Washington, DC 20019.

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Across the Anacostia river, just a five minute bike ride from H Street NE, past Interstate 295 and the PEPCO auxiliary power plant, a large hill rises 157 feet above Benning Road.  Its well tended lawn and the bustle of street below distract passers-by into thinking that they have merely passed parkland on their way east.  However, above the grassy knoll lies 50 acres of parkland forming Fort Mahan, one of the 18 forts built around DC to protect the city during the civil war.
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Zandra Chestnut, Groundwork Anacostia Advisory Council Member.

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Mid-way between the summit of Fort Mahan and Benning Road, a four-square, Craftsman style detached home houses the new Center for Green Urbanism in the Ward 7 neighborhood of Hillbrook. Scheduled to open to the public on October 15, the eco-friendly center will serve both as a business incubator and will house the new Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery.   Business incubators are an innovative approach to business development; they provide shared business services such as a fixed address (or brick-and-mortar in business lingo), a conference room, a kitchen as well as Internet and print services at a fraction of a cost of renting commercial office space.  Unlike most business incubators, as an added bonus, entrepreneurs at the Center for Green Urbanism have access to Fort Mahan’s trail system and can go for a run or a hike during their lunch break.
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A quick lunchtime hike to stir the senses and get the creative juices flowing?

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The first tenant of the business incubator is Groundwork Anacostia, an organization dedicated to connecting Ward 7 residents to the environment through education, reclaiming vacant or derelict land for recreational use and by caring for the Anacostia river and its tributaries.  Dennis Chestnut, the executive director of Groundwork Anacostia, has ambitious plans for the Center for Green Urbanism.  The Center already boasts  a number of eco-friendly features such as low flow toilets and energy star appliances but Chestnut intends to go further.  The Center will set up terraced vegetable and herb gardens in the back yard, solar panels, a demonstration wind turbine and rain barrels which will eventually be decorated by local artists.  Groundwork Anacostia’s track record includes a partnership with DC Greenworks which led to the  construction of the first DC library green roof right across the street from the Center for Green Urbanism at the Benning Library.
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Dennis Chestnut Executive Director of Groundwork Anacostia

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The other tenant of the Center for Green Urbanism will be the Tubman-Mahan art Gallery.  The gallery will be run by Sharon Burton of Authentic Contemporary Art.  Burton chose to name the gallery after two civil war heroes, the indefatigable and courageous Harriet Tubman and the military architectural genius Denis Hart Mahan for whom the adjacent parkland is named.  Burton has been running Authentic Contemporary Art (formally Authentic Art Consulting) since 2005 which now serves as an alternative source for emerging and contemporary art. Based in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area, Authentic Contemporary Art (ACA) creates opportunities for art collectors and emerging contemporary artists to connect through exhibitions and through a juried online art gallery.
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Sharon Burton Director of the Tubman-Mahan Gallery

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Tubman-Mahan’s inaugural show, ReCREATE, scheduled to open October 15, attracted artists from all over the country.  In keeping with the Center for Green Urbanim’s eco-friendly approach, Burton’s call for entry required artists to create works from recycled materials.
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The Center for Green Urbanism and the Tubman-Mahan Gallery are located at 3938 Benning Road NE Washington, DC 20019.  For more information call 202-506-3867, fax:  202-506-3871, email [email protected] or visit them on the web at http://www.centerforgreenurbanism.org Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm.  The Center is open on Saturday and Sundays only for scheduled activities.  Refer to the calendar of events for scheduled activities.

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