Camille Giraud Akeju is the director of the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum. As director, she is responsible for advancing the museum's new focus on the impact of historical and contemporary events and issues on urban communities. Before coming to the Smithsonian, Ms. Akeju, served as president and CEO of The Harlem School of the Arts, where she was responsible for administration, programming, fundraising and community relations.
Camille shares her top five.
1. Eatonville Restaurant - I love the ambiance, fantastic food, and the neighborhood.
2. Parish Gallery - A hidden gem in the city with excellent exhibits, great artist talks. Norman and his wife are wonderful people.
3. Union Station - I love the hustle and bustle, it's like being at Grand Union Station in New York, but on a smaller scale.
4. The Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution - This is a great place to work because the museum’s activities take place in an environment that is growing.
5. Malcolm X Park - I always can visit the park and find a good drumming circle.
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