Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Creativity catalyzes commerce

As promoted by the Ford Foundation (, community wealth consists of:
  • Individual capital
  • Social capital
  • Intellectual capital
  • Natural capital
  • Built capital
  • Political capital
  • Financial capital

The Museum celebrates the following individuals who exemplify innovation and entrepreneurship to help build community wealth in the Wards 7 and 8 communities:

  • Juanita Britton, founder of Anacostia Art Gallery, BZB International, promoter of the arts, and many other ventures
  • Mary Brown, Larry B. Quick, and Ben Johnson, co-founders of Life Pieces to Masterpieces
  • Tendani Mpulubusi El, Tendani Art and film producer, “People Past and Present: Hillsdale (AKA Barry Farms),” founder and CEO of Design Mind, and founder of the Innovate 8 initiative in Ward 8
  • Antoinette Ford, founder and Executive Director, Double Nickels Theatre Company
  • Duane Gautier, founder and CEO of ARCH Development Corporation
  • Amir Muhammad, founder of the Islamic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center
  • Nikki Peele, founder and CEO of Respin Public Relations
  • Michelle Phipps-Evans, founder and CEO, Invisible Colours LLC
  • Charles Wilson, co-founder and President, River East Emerging Leaders

We are seeking short case studies about these and other innovators and entrepreneurs in the community that can be posted on this site. To send stories and to nominate other innovators and entrepreneurs in Wards 7 and 8, please contact John, whitman at