ArtReach Community Gallery Presents Roger Isom Jr., MPH, Voice of The Residents: Understanding Physical Activity in DC Ward 8

By Editorial Team on September 30, 2019

Wed, 02 October 2019 - Thu, 31 October 2019

Untitled, Researcher F, 11×14″, photo print, 2019. Courtesy of ArtReach GW.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 2 from 6pm to 8pm

ArtReach GW Community Gallery presents its highly anticipated community driven exhibition, Voice of The Residents: Understanding Physical Activity in DC Ward 8, by Roger Isom Jr. MPH, at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC). ArtReach GW is located at the THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE, Washington DC, 20020.

Kicking off the ArtReach GW Community Gallery fall exhibition lineup, Voice of the Residents: Understanding Physical Activity in DC Ward 8 will be featured from October 1 – October 31, 2019. This collection welcomes residents to amplify their voices in District-wide decisions that impact their quality of life. This exhibition visually narrates the lived experiences of eight Black male adult residents living in DC Ward 8. The photographs taken by these men represent the strengths and challenges to physical activity in the community. These residents share a valuable perspective that has been historically omitted in the field of population health. This exhibition is the residents’ platform to share their own perspective on physical activity as it pertains to DC Ward 8 culture. More importantly, this collection speaks to the existing strength, untapped potential, and cultural pride of Ward 8 residents that can mobilize them to reclaim their neighborhoods.

Notable Ward 8 landmarks, including Anacostia Park, Frederick Douglass House, and The Big Chair, were widely photographed as cultural drivers of safe and enjoyable physical activity. The design of healthy communities has the potential to build community solidarity, allowing for residents from all walks of life to cross paths. This exhibition is a call to action for all community members, businesses, educational institutions, and public or faith-based organizations to engage in meaningful dialogue facilitated by the collective voice of these men as told by their photographs.

About Roger Isom, Jr., MPH

Roger Isom, Jr. is a recent graduate of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. Mr. Isom understands that physical activity is a vastly different lived experience for Black residents. His cultural identity as a Black man is integrated into his current initiatives as a forward thinking public health professional. His community-engaged participatory research studies the intersection between physical activity and the socio-cultural environment. Roger Isom, Jr. is a PhD candidate in the Physical Cultural Studies program at the Department of Kinesiology within the University of Maryland College Park.

About ArtReach GW

As a part of the the George Washington University’s Honey W. Nashman Center Civic Engagement and Public Service, ArtReachGW builds programs and partnerships that foster community connections and civic engagement through the visual fine arts.

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday through Saturdays from 7 am – 10 pm
  • Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm

THEARC is located at 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE.