Our mission is to strengthen strategic partnerships through arts and culture to build a vibrant, thriving community.
We strengthen and enrich our neighborhoods by providing spaces that utilize our community’s unique history and proximity to the Harriet Tubman UGRR Byway to inspire conversation, embrace and celebrate diversity, and foster economic development.
We provide programs that help connect our community through the shared experience of art and culture, working from within the community to build unity where there has been a long history of division.
Alpha Genesis was formed by the late Reverend John Green Jr. It was a para ministry to Christ Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA. The mission supported woman and children, provided economic stimulus through job training, summer camp and after school programs for children.
Founder/ Program Director
Adrian R. Holmes has over 15 years of military management, signal analysis and leadership experience through serving in the U.S. Air Force. She has served in various capacities within the Department of Defense mainly in the Air Force Space Command and Electronic Security Command, but found her niche in a more creative forum on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
She is the founder and program director of Alpha Genesis Community Development Corporation (AGCDC), a nonprofit organization which strengthens and enriches neighborhoods by utilizing a community's unique history to inspire conversation, embrace and celebrate diversity; leading to sustainable economic development. AGCDC provide's programs that help connect our community through the shared experiences of art and culture, working from within the community to build unity where there has been a long history of division.
Adrian was the lead organizer of the historic Day of Resilience, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the transatlantic slave trade. The day also included a ribbon cutting ceremony for the nationally renown Harriet Tubman mural - "Take My Hand", painted by local artist Michael Rosato. This mural has touched millions of people from around the world and has drawn thousands of visitors to Cambridge, MD. The mural also reflects the power of our collective voice, our unity and creativity which are essential to building a thriving community. Adrian and her Alpha Genesis team facilitated the public art forum which inspired the concept and creation of the Harriet Tubman mural.The award wining Day of Resilience received numerous gubernatorial, senatorial and congressional citations and was recognized by the Heart of the Chesapeake Heritage Area's project of the year for 2019. Ambassadors from the African Embassies of Mali, Togo and Namibia as well as Dr. Julius Garvey, son of the late Marcus Garvey were also in attendance.
Adrian was the Co-owner of Liv Again furniture store and the Art Bar, where she managed the day-to-day business affairs while continuing to promote culture, diversity, inclusion and enlightenment. The Art Bar, was a hub for formal and informal conversations on rich topics and thought. The subject matter ranged from politics, race and cultural diversity to religion and entrepreneurial ventures; ideas were exchanged and lives were changed. From that platform, AGCDC facilitated yet another dynamic community conversation on cultural proliferation of the name Groove City, which produced the documentary film entitled, You Don't Know Nothing About Groove City. This film documents the origin of the name, Groove City which began in the African American community and how the community at large can honor and appreciate this story.
Adrian brings a natural ability to lead and connect with people, her creative eye for design and art fits with the brand that Cambridge is working to establish.
Chaniece Holmes, is a professional dancer and Artivist. She began her training with Spirit Wings Dance Company & Studio; then with the Ballet Theater of Maryland until she attended Goucher College in the Fall of 2008. Chaniece holds a B.A. in Dance with a distinction in Arts Administration. She currently lives in Chicago and is a company member with Red Clay Dance and the Director of the Red Clay Dance Youth Ensemble. Chaniece is also certified in Progressing Ballet Technique.
April Byrd is an entrepreneur, inventor and US Navy Disabled Veteran, from Paterson NJ. After serving our country honorable for 8 years, she and her family settled in the Washington DC metropolitan area where she put her military skills to use by day while grooming her enterprising skills part-time. Utilizing her leadership and management skills, she became a dynamic Mary Kay Senior Sales Director, winning 2 free cars.
The training she received there was unparalleled. After 17 years and several other business ventures, she decided to put all the priceless training and knowledge to work for herself and is the CEO of Lady Byrd Enterprise
Jermaine Anderson is the acting Executive Director for AGCDC. He is the creative force behind many of our cultural, thought provoking events!
Jermaine Anderson is a Cambridge native, a US Army Veteran and an entrepreneur. Jermaine has been a Community activist since his early 20s. He is currently on the board of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce where he serves on the government affairs committee. He also formed the Delmarva Minority business Alliance, a group formed the the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce.
Jermaine is committed to social and economic empowerment and seeing Cambridge being the best it can be for all of it residents.
Alpha Genesis CDC is a nonprofit 501c3 organization.
All gifts are tax deductible. Tax ID number is 46-3048436
PO Box 125, Cambridge MD, 21613
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