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East of the River Artist Nominated to the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Board

Twenty-six year old Tendani Mpulubusi has been nominated for the position of board member of the Washington DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (DCCAH). The DCCAH is a government agency that strives to provide grants, programs and educational activities that encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities so that all District of Columbia residents and visitors can experience the rich culture of our city. Mr. Mpulubusi has lived in the Anacostia community of Ward 8 for four years and has family that continues to live in Ward 7. Being the grandson of well-respected community leader Lloyd D. Smith, the nominee upholds his family's legacy of public service and community leadership.

Tendani's interest in the arts began at the youthful age of five when he began drawing construction sites and military jets from memory. During the summer of his junior year in high school the artist began studying architectural design and drafting at the University of Maryland at College Park. He later studied fine arts at Prince George's Community College. Tendani's extensive art and civic career includes work at the Earth Conservation Corps, the National Geographic Association, the Matthew Henson Conservation Center, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art among others.

If elected as commissioner the DC native will ensure that artists east of the river are engaged and informed in finding opportunities for professional and academic advancement. He will also be diligent in ensuring that DCCAH resources are equitably distributed throughout the district.