February 2020 Newsletter

  • February 19, 2020


Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater on Tour Into the Great Unknown: African American Adventurers & Explorers

Discovery Theater actors perform scenes from The Great Unknown for students at Forest Knolls Elementary

“Explorers and adventurers help us learn new things and keep us safe.” -Forest Knolls Elementary School Student









This month Discovery Theater is celebrating Black History Month by touring their production of Into the Great Unknown. This program inspires audience members to dream big and achieve their challenging goals by telling the stories of nine heroic African American explorers who journeyed where others had not yet dared to go. Included in the cast of adventurers are Matthew Henson, co-discoverer of the North Pole; Nat Love, a former slave who became a cowboy after the Civil War; and Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space.

These stories and more provide role-models for students, prompting them to discover their own dreams. At a recent performance students dreamed of “going to Antarctica,” “eating pizza with a mermaid,” and “exploring Pluto with their best friend.” The histories and heroism of the Into the Great Unknown explorers show that determination and courage can lead us to greatness.

Learn More About Discovery Theater on Tour 


See Discovery Theater’s Into the Great Unknown In Your Community!

Our artists have many public performances, and we would love to see you in the audience! Here are a few of Discovery Theater’s upcoming performances of Into the Great Unknown:

February 22nd 2:00PM
St. Mary’s County Library – Lexington Park Branch
Public Performance | Free

February 27th 10:15AM and 12:00PM
Publick Playhouse – Cheverly, MD
Public Performance | Ticketed Event

February 27th 6:30PM
Loudoun County Public Library – Gum Spring Branch
Public Performance | Free

Additionally, see these Artivate Artists at public venues, in March:

March 19th 10:00AM
Gottwald Playhouse at Dominion Energy Center
Public Performance | Free

February 27th 6:30PM
Prince George’s Community College Center for Performing Arts
Public Performance | Free


Advocate for the Necessity of Visual and Performing Arts in Your School and Community in March

    Music in Our Schools Month Logo with Theme: Music Changes Lives

Youth Art Month

The Council for Art Education promotes visual art education for K-12 students and directs the national Youth Art Month Program, advocating for visual arts education for all children and encouraging funding for quality school visual arts programs. This year’s theme is Take a Journey Through Art. Read more and find resources at CouncilforArtEducation.org/Youth-Art-Month/.

Theatre in Our Schools Month

The Educational Theatre Association and the International Thespian Society have partnered with the American Alliance for Theatre & Education to sponsor Theatre In Our Schools Month in March to raise public awareness of the impact of theatre education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for all students. Read more and find resources at SchoolTheatre.org/programs/TIOS.

Music in Our Schools Month

The National Association for Music Education observes Music In Our Schools Month to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. This year’s theme…”Music Changes Lives.” Read more and find resources at NAfME.org/programs/MIOSM/.

Help us raise awareness for art, music and theater in schools by participating in school and community programs, posting on social media, and supporting local artists!