Thursday, August 6, 2015

Living Diversity Book Available!

We are proud to announce that our new book: Living Diversity The Columbia Pike Documentary Project is now available from Amazon! 

Mimi Huynh, Duy Tran, Paula Endo, Lloyd Wolf, and Aleksandra Lagkueva each has contributed a suite of images as part of the team effort powerfully documenting & presenting the community's culture. 

Significant essays by noted cultural, academic, and community experts have been contributed to the book to help understand and introduce this exceptional body of work.

Check out this beautiful, meaningful work, distributed by the University of Virginia Press.

Click HERE to buy the book!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Solstice Party

The Matheson/Troutman family hosted their second annual Solstice block party for neighbors and friends in the 3400 block of South 6th Street, in the Penrose section of Arlington, adjacent to Columbia Pike.

The moon bounces were rented from Arlington County Parks and Recreation Department, there were sno-cones for the kids, plus other merriments and good community cheer.

Darcy Troutman also does excellent family and other photography. Her website and blog can be found at:

Photography by Lloyd Wolf.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Patrick Henry School - Ms. Constantine's class project on Columbia Pike

The third grade class at Patrick Henry School, led by their teacher, Ms. Dahlia Constantine, are engaged in a community action and advocacy project about the neighborhood they live in.

Lloyd Wolf, chief photographer of the Columbia Pike Documentary Project, has been working with the class, particularly a group of five lively students (Natalia, Mika, Lidya, Colby, and Malachi), who have taken examining and promoting locally-owned small businesses as their mission.

On their own they have set up a website, TrythePike, and are creating a poster which they will place around the community as part of their work informing residents about local business resources, and encouraging them to patronize them.

Here is the poster they created:

Other class groups are working on issues related to green spaces, promoting affordable housing, kid-friendly spaces, and protecting animals, both wild and domestic.

Watch for more to come.

Here are two pictures of the team that created the website and poster.

Photography of the kids by Lloyd Wolf.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Flores Gambino 50th Annual Memorial Day Picnic

This year was the 50th annual celebration of the Flores Gambino Family Memorial Day Picnic, in the Penrose neighborhood off Columbia Pike.

Homegrown live music, homemade covered dishes, a pig roast, barbecue, relatives, friends, neighbors, moon bounce for the kids, and much cheer.

This event genuinely is "all good."

Thanks to Maria Flores, Joe Flores, Maria "Pete"Durgan, and the whole merry and diverse Flores Gambino clan. May you celebrate at least fifty more together.

Photography by Lloyd Wolf.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Patrick Henry School- Third grade field trip

Students from Ms. Dahlia Constantine's 3rd grade class at Patrick Henry School are working to document and create advocacy projects about issues of concern in their community, which is along Columbia Pike.

These photographs were all made during their visit to the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO), where they heard from the director, Takis Karantonis.

Note: All students in Arlington County Public Schools have their own Apple iPads issued to them for use.

Thanks to Ms. Constantine and all her energetic students, and to Takis Karantonis.

Photography by Lloyd Wolf.

Monday, May 18, 2015


We have received advance copies of the book.

Take a look - and hold October 17, 2015, for the reception and book signing event, at the Arlington Mill Community Center!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Living Diversity | press proofs

Here's a progress report on Living Diversity. The book is now in production, and will be released through UVA Press in the late summer. We are editing the press proofs from our printer now.

Here are some shots from today of the proofs laid out for checking at the CPRO office.

Much thanks to our great designer, Matt Langley of Basis Branding, and to Takis Karantonis of CPRO. 

And thanks to all of you who supported the community and made it all possible. 

Those of you who donated at levels to get books and/or prints will be receiving them, ahead of the official publication date, after the books arrive from the printer, hopefully in a couple of months.

Look also for a book release party this fall!

And again- THANK YOU!