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Bob Martin, former Commodore of the Washington, DC, Seafarers Yacht Club ACM Registrar Habeebah Muhammad gives visitors a look at objects from the Plummer Family Collection. Go-Go group Cold-Hearted Band plays at Citified, ACM's portion of the Folklife Festival, July 30, 2012. Bob "the Griot" Smith tells stories to young people at a Mardi Gras program. Diane Cameron, Audubon Naturalist Society, and Jorge Borgantes Montero, Anacostia Watershed Society, at the "Citizen Scientist" community forum ACM Museum Academy campers recite their "Emerging Waters" poems inspired by the Reclaiming the Edge exhibit. The Metro Mambo Series drum circle with musicians Rudy Morales, William "Rashidi" Bowe, Rob White, and Sam "Seguito" Turner

Mission

The mission is to enhance understanding of contemporary urban experiences and strengthen community bonds by conserving the past, documenting the present, and serving as a catalyst for shaping the future.


Vision

Our vision of the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum is to challenge perceptions, generate new knowledge, and deepen understanding about the ever-changing concepts and realities of communities.


Values

Community Empowerment: Through engagement and education, present programs that are informed by and showcase the diversity of issues, people and places.

Discovery: Explore and bring to light new knowledge and ideas, and serve as a catalyst for shaping the future.

Excellence: Deliver the highest quality products and services in all endeavors.

Integrity: Carry out all our work with the greatest responsibility and accountability in an environment that is engaging, stimulating, nurturing and respectful.

Service: Sustain an ongoing commitment to community documentation and the stewardship of cultural legacies.

ACM is committed to:

  • providing the catalysts for critical thought about issues that impact society;
  • convening stakeholders and collaborators around shared community issues; and
  • employing cutting-edge approaches in museology and community outreach

We believe that active citizen participation in the documentation and use of cultural and historic assets is a powerful instrument in creating and maintaining a sense of community and civic responsibility.

The museum's work is achieved through development of museum collections, engaging exhibitions, research and documentation that examine the development of communities, and through diverse community and educational programming.