American University Museum | New Perspective on the New Thing Panel Discussion

By East City Art Editorial Team on February 5, 2024
Joel Jacobson, Stevie Wonder performing free concert at 18th Street NW and Florida Avenue NW, 1967. Photograph, 58 x 46 in
Talk: Saturday, February 10 at 2pm

Organized by Jackson-Reed High School’s Digital Media Academy in conjunction with their student organization The Community Coalition for Change.

In 1966, Howard graduate student, architect, and filmmaker Colin “Topper” Carew opened The New Thing Art & Architecture Center in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. Initially founded to cultivate opportunities for black architects, Carew’s vision evolved into a multi-disciplinary organization that hosted hundreds of concerts, workshops, and free classes for area youth between the years of 1966 and 1972. As a “community architect,” Carew’s herculean efforts in providing arts programming, educating the youth, and building community has had a lasting impact on the fabric of the city.

Discover the influential role of The New Thing in the cultural landscape of this era through this collection of photographs (some never-before exhibited), taken by Joel Jacobson and Tom Zetterstrom, which document the wide array of programming and community events the center had to offer. Within the collection, you’ll catch a glimpse of famous blues and jazz musicians, as well as soul and rock personalities, such as Stevie Wonder, The Soul Searchers, and Mance Lipscomb, to name a few, in addition to photos of the youth of Adams Morgan engaging in workshops, classes, and programs that were provided for free by The New Thing over the course of seven years.

American University Museum
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW