Love, Hope, & Art: Woven Thread at Anacostia Arts Center

By Editorial Team on September 12, 2022

Sat, September 17 2022 — Fri, October 14 2022

Courtesy of Anacostia Arts Center.
Opening: Saturday, September 17 from 4pm to 7pm

Join Anacostia Arts Center, The National Symphony Orchestra, Don’t Mute DC, and Luis Del Valle for a special experience. Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity for our region to celebrate Latinos and Hispanic cultural influences in the Arts. Nicaraguan born, District of Columbia raised, award-winning artist Luis Del Valle has partnered with the Anacostia Arts Center to host Love, Hope, & Art: Woven Thread, a curated group exhibition in celebration of Hispanic Heritage. On September 17th, Love, Hope, & Art will open with an experience provided in partnership with Don’t Mute DC and the National Symphony Orchestra. It will be on display at the Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, DC, from September 10, 2022, to October 14, 2022.

The opening ceremony will includes sounds from the National Symphony Orchestra and a performance from GoGo All Stars curated by Ron Moten of Don’t Mute DC. The performances kick off at 4 PM– so attendees are encoraged to arrive at 4 PM sharp. Attendees can register at the followng link:

Participating artists include Carmen Torruella-Quander, David Amoroso, David Dez Zambrano, Joel Vincii Ulmer, Katty Huertas, Keiona Clark, Levi Robinson, Luis Del Valle.

About the Anacostia Arts Center:
Anacostia Arts Center is a home for the arts, culture, and small businesses, where the physical space is used to employ and nourish the local arts and creative economy. Within the Anacostia Art Center, community members will find our Black Box Theater, The Fresh Food Factory, Nubian Hueman, Mahogany Books, Chirokei LLC, Elife, Vintage and Charmed and a lounge area. On our lower level, you will meet the entrepreneurs participating in our incubator program, The Hive

About Don’t Mute DC
The #DontMuteDC hashtag was coined on Twitter by then-Howard University senior Julien Broomfield during a 2019 springtime battle over music and public space on an iconic street corner in Washington, DC’s Shaw neighborhood. Peace activist Ronald Moten and cultural scholar Dr. Natalie Hopkinson co-created a petition, which drew more than 80,000 supporters from all 50 United States and 94 countries.

Since winning the return of go-go music to that street corner, the movement has racked up a growing list of other victories in public policy, the arts, and preservation: The group has been the subject of a number of documentaries, as well as given invited talks at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Forum, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, American University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, DC Public Libraries, and Empower DC and countless faith organizations, schools and community organizations throughout the region.

About The National Symphony Orchestra
The mission of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), in residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is to engage audiences locally, across the country, and around the world through excellence in performance and education.

About Luis Del Valle, Artist and Curator:
In 2013 Luis was selected as the winner of the East of the River Distinguished Artist Award. That year he was also a finalist for the District of Columbia 28th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. These accomplishments preceded the presentation of the National Museum of Catholic Art and Library National Artist Award by Prince Lorenzo Maria De Medici in 2014, and his selection as the artist commissioned for the 2015 Beijing / District of Columbia Sister Cities Project. The latter project resulted in a panda statue painted by Del Valle that was given to the Mayor of Beijing as a state gift from Mayor Muriel Bowser. Del Valle is also the recipient of the 2015 National Museum of Catholic Art and Library Portrait Award. In 2017 Luis was honored with the NCIS Director’s Coin by NCIS director, Andrew L. Traver. In 2019 Luis was awarded 2nd place in the Chroma International Juried art exhibition by Art Impact international.

Luis has exhibited his works at various museums and institutions including; NCIS headquarters, V.A., Vatican City, The Embassy of Italy, The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, The Historical Society of Washington DC, The Vatican Embassy in DC and the Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Museum in Baltimore, MD.

Luis continues to grow his unique personal artistic sensibility remaining an active leader in the metropolitan arts world. His commitment to the arts community is well known in the District of Columbia and abroad.

Luis believes that artistic development is a critical element in community development; the arts facilitate improvement in quality of life by providing tools to modify behaviors through the channeling of self- expression into productive work.

To learn more about Luis and his artistic career please visit his site at

Anacostia Arts Center is located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE.