Thursday, February 13, 2020

Exhibition in process- stay tuned!

Four artists of the Columbia Pike Documentary Project presented to Professor Emma Balazs' arts management class at George Mason University's Arlington campus. 

We shared our processes, and began plans for our upcoming exhibition there, "Transitions." 

Pictured are CPDP team members Dewey Tron, Xang Mimi Ho, Sushmita Mazumdar, and Lloyd Wolf, along with our curator, Emma Balazs and her class.

Photos by Sushmita Mazumdar.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Ethiopian Christmas party at ECDC - 37th year (portraits and a coffee service)

The Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC), holds an annual community festival to celebrate the end of Christmas according to Ethiopian Coptic Church practice. ECDC has been hosting this event for 37 years.

Thanks to Dr. Teferra and the capable staff for their much-needed work on behalf of refugees and immigrants, and for the wider Columbia Pike community.

The Columbia Pike Documentary Project will be collaborating with ECDC on a new grant funded by Virginia Humanities. Stay tuned.

Photography by Lloyd Wolf.

Dr. Teferra

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Transitions catalog at the printer!

Exciting news!

Transitions, the Columbia Pike Documentary Project's the new book length catalog, is now at the printers!

Elegantly designed by our team member Xang Ho, it is 296 pages long, with numerous in-depth interviews of Columbia Pike residents, business owners and community leaders by Sushmita Mazumdar and Lloyd Wolf, and insightful photo essays by Dewey Tron, Lara Ajami, Moises Gomez, Xang Ho, and Lloyd Wolf.

It takes deep plunge into telling the stories of a diverse community in transition.
And it's really beautiful, too.

Thanks to everyone who's supported us, especially this project's main backer, the good folks at Virginia Humanities, and our fiscal agent CPRO, the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization. Much obliged.

Stay tuned for a book-signing and exhibition event.

Here are are few tastes of what's coming:

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Refugees First Thanksgiving Dinner 2019

The Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) hosts an annual Refugees First Thanksgiving Dinner for new arrivals to our country.

About three hundred people, including the refugee guests and many community volunteers, attended.

This year many of the new families were from Afghanistan, though there were attendees from number of other nations. Under pressure from the current national administration, the United States is now settling far fewer refugees than in past years.

Greetings were made by ECDC director Dr. Tsehaye Teffera, Anh Phan of US Senator Mark Warner's office and other community leaders, along with Arlington County Board members Katie Cristol and Matt DeFerranti. Entertainment was provided by a Caribbean steel drummer and the members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance.

Thanks to Yariana Rodriguez, Dr. Teferra, and all the dedicated staff at ECDC for their good work for our community.

Photography by Lloyd Wolf.

Dr. Tsehaye Teffera