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DMV Heroes | BloomBars gives back to the community [Video]

John Chambers says he mortgaged his life and retirement to open up a space in D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood. He is looking for more volunteers and donations.

WASHINGTON — If you’ve ever walked down 11th street in D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, chances are you’ve come across BloomBars. The colorful, two-story building is a safe haven for artists and art lovers alike. It’s a performance space, art gallery, market and so much more depending on who you ask.

Founder of BloomBars, John Chambers, sat down with WUSA9 to talk about how the nonprofit was started, what programs it offers and what the space means to him.

“I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts,” Chambers said. “My parents were educators and civil rights activists from the 50s all the way to end of my father’s life.”

Chambers said his mother still runs an Anti-Racism Film Festival she started in Pioneer …

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