The evening will highlight the importance of arts education for youth through a panel discussion, as well as a selection of performances by local students. The conversation and performances will be preceded by a networking reception outside of the auditorium. Appetizers and beverages will be served.RSVP online.
- Rachel Goslins, Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, an advisory committee to the White House on cultural policy.
- Rikki Taylor, Principal, Takoma Education Campus. Takoma Education Campus is one of four DC schools designated as an Arts Integration Catalyst school. Teaching in a way that engages students through movement, music and various forms of artistic expression recognizes that students learn in many ways and leads to a deeper level of understanding. Arts integration also provides an avenue for learning valuable skills in confidence, creativity and collaboration.
- The Washington Ballet (TWB) at Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) works to enliven the beauty and discipline of dance in southeast Washington. TWB at THEARC houses the southeast campus of The Washington School of Ballet and two unique community engagement programs, DanceDC and EXCEL! TWB@THEARC will present a student dance performance.
- City at Peace uses the performing arts to develop the skills, talents and confidence of young people to promote cross-cultural understanding, conflict resolution and violence prevention. City at Peace will perform a 10-minute short play developed by the young actors.
- Joy of Motion Dance Center's (JOMDC) Youth Dance Ensemble, directed by Helen Hayes (2009 Metro DC Dance Award winner for Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education), is JOMDC's elite program for the developing young dancer, consisting of an ensemble dance company comprised of high school-aged students and preparatory levels for 1st through 8th grades. The Youth Dance Ensemble will perform two dance pieces, a solo and a quartet. Both pieces are choreographed by Youth Dance Ensemble students.
Student performances will be followed by a short Q&A with the student performers.
The event is possible with the support of the Vradenburg Foundation and Donna Power Stowe.