January 2020 Newsletter

  • January 22, 2020

Welcome to Artivate’s first monthly newsletter! We look forward to sharing our latest news with you each month. Look for information about or artists, our programs, and where you can experience our artists in your community. 


INSPIRE

Project Youth ArtReach: Mural for the Humane Society

“I was hesitant to try to learn new skills but now I like painting, and I became
motivated to make sure my work looks good! I’m proud of my contributions.”

In November 2019, lead artist Arturo Ho and PYA director, Claire Schwadron, began workshops with young male inmates at Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Boyds, MD. The workshop series began with sketching and painting classes which culminated in a final mural project for the Montgomery County Humane Society. In one of the 10 sessions, the group learned about the mission and work of the 55-year-old humane society during a visit with the MCHS education specialist.

The group brainstormed and sketched ideas for an image for the 4′ x 8′ mural panel, with the final design fine-tuned by Arturo, which features a night scene with cats and dogs romping in a Rockville cityscape. (The central “moon” image is the logo of MCHS.) The young men transferred the design onto the panel with graphite sticks, then laid out colors with acrylic, painted the black outlines, and added texture using stencils. Some 20 young men participated, with a core group of eight individuals. The completed mural, depicted above, will be installed at the Humane Society.

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INSPIRE

February is Black History Month

Begun as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora, the first celebration of Black History Month (or African-American History Month) took place at Kent State University from January 2nd through February 28th, 1970 as an expansion of Negro History Week, created in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.

Several of Artivate’s artists take pride in sharing the heritage and culture of Africans and the African Diaspora all year-round such as the following

  • Kofi Dennis of Anansego of Ghana brings the vibrant rhythms of a West African village to life though music, storytelling, drumming, and dance.
  • Baba Jamal Koram brings storytelling alive with the history, humor and lore of African and African-American cultures.
  • Learn how African cultures influenced and inspired fascinating rhythms, instruments and musical styles of Latin America with Cantare’s Madre Africa.
  • DC Native Christylez Bacon combines rhyming, storytelling and interactive call and response choruses with diverse instrumentation, cross-cultural connections, and performs with artists of diverse backgrounds to deliver a message of cultural acceptance & unification.
  • Dom Flemons illuminates the history and influence of African American musicians with spirited performances on banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, quills, and rhythm bones.
  • Dance through South Africa with Lesole’s Dance Project as you learn Ndlamu (traditional Zulu dance), Gumboot (percussive dance slapped out on gold miners’ boots, and Pantsula (an upbeat urban dance like American hip-hop) dances.
  • Magpie’ Battle Cry of Freedom interlaces personal stories of the people with music from the abolitionist movement and Underground railroad.
  • Step Afrika! the first professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping – a polyrhythmic, percussive dance form practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities – highlights the ties between stepping, college life, and academic achievement.
  • Specifically for Black History Month, Discovery Theater on Tour presents Going the Distance, a musical play about Olympians Jesse Owens and Wilma Rudolph; and Into the Great Unknown; highlighting the history and heroism of adventurers and explorers such as Matthew Henson and Barbara Hillary; Stagecoach Mary; Guion Bluford; and Sophia Danenburg.

Contact us to schedule programs for your community or see these programs presented at public venues:

Start Date/Time

Free/Ticketed

Artist – Program

Venue Name

Venue Address

1/28/2020
10:30 AM
Ticketed Discovery Theater –
Once Upon a Moon
Publick Playhouse 5445 Landover Road
Cheverly, MD 20784
1/28/2020
12:00 PM
Ticketed Discovery Theater –
Once Upon a Moon
Publick Playhouse 5445 Landover Road
Cheverly, MD 20784
1/28/2020
4:00 PM
Free Anansegro of Ghana –
A Visit to Kofi’s Village
Ashburn Library 43316 Hay Rd
Ashburn, VA 20147
1/30/2020
10:00 AM
Free Prakriti Dance –
Through Fish Eyes
Gottwald Playhouse
at Dominion Energy Center
600 East Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219
2/4/2020
10:30 AM
Ticketed Discovery Theater –
Going the Distance
Publick Playhouse 5445 Landover Road
Cheverly, MD 20784
2/4/2020
12:00 PM
Ticketed Discovery Theater –
Going the Distance
Publick Playhouse 5445 Landover Road
Cheverly, MD 20784
2/5/2020
10:30 AM
Free Baba Jamal Koram –
Storytelling
Annapolis Regional Library 1410 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
2/6/2020
10:30 AM
Free Baba Jamal Koram –
Storytelling
Broadneck Community Library 1275 Green Holly Drive
Annapolis, MD 21409
2/7/2020
7:00 PM
Free Anansegro of Ghana –
A Visit to Kofi’s Village
Brambleton Library 22850 Brambleton Plaza
Brambleton, VA 20148
2/8/2020
10:30 AM
Free Anansegro of Ghana –
A Visit to Kofi’s Village
Middleburg Library 101 Reed Street
Middleburg, VA 20117
2/8/2020
11:00 AM
Free Discovery Theater –
Going the Distance
Alexandria Library 5005 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22304
2/8/2020
1:30 PM
Free Anansegro of Ghana –
A Visit to Kofi’s Village
Cascades Library 21030 Whitfield Place
Potomac Falls, VA 20165
2/8/2020
2:00 PM
Free Discovery Theater – Going the Distance Arlington Public Library –
Central Library
1015 North Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22201
2/8/2020
4:00 PM
Free Anansegro of Ghana –
A Visit to Kofi’s Village
Sterling Library 22330 S. Sterling Blvd, Suite A117
Sterling, VA 20164
2/8/2020
7:00 PM
Free Christylez Bacon –
Beats, Bows, & Remixes
Prince George’s Community College – Center for Performing Arts 301 Largo Rd
Largo, MD 20774
2/19/2020
10:00 AM
Free Lesole’s Dance Project –
Dancing Through South Africa
Gottwald Playhouse
at Dominion Energy Center
600 East Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219
2/21/2020
7:00 PM
Free Prakriti Dance –
Rhythms of India: An Exploration through Classical Indian Dance
Prince George’s Community College – Center for Performing Arts 301 Largo Rd
Largo, MD 20774
2/22/2020
2:00 PM
Free Discovery Theater –
Into the Great Unknown
Lexington Park Library 21677 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Blvd.
Lexington Park, MD 20653
2/27/2020
10:30 AM
Ticketed Discovery Theater –
Into the Great Unknown
Publick Playhouse 5445 Landover Road
Cheverly, MD 20784
2/27/2020
12:00 PM
Ticketed Discovery Theater –
Into the Great Unknown
Publick Playhouse 5445 Landover Road
Cheverly, MD 20784
2/27/2020
6:30 PM
Free Discovery Theater –
Into the Great Unknown
Gum Spring Library 24600 Millstream Drive
Stone Ridge, VA 20105

ENGAGE

Celebrate With Artivate All Year!

This year, Artivate celebrates 25 years of providing access to a roster of diverse, educational arts programs in Maryland, DC and northern Virginia and 20 years bringing arts experiences to youth and adults in correctional facilities in Maryland by professional teaching artists. In 2019, we delivered 950 School and Community Outreach programs and 375 Project Youth ArtReach (PYA) program hours to 368 sites in our region.

We are as devoted to our mission in 2020 as we were in 1995, but our funding need is critical. Can you help?

Thank you for helping us bring arts programs to more children, families and those in our communities in 2020!