Programming: Where have we been?

  • December 17, 2021

We are deeply grateful for your past support of Artivate during our 25 years in the community. Over the past year, funders have helped us provide more than 300 programs, either virtually or in-person, across the Maryland, Washington, DC, and northern Virginia region, in 14 counties, for over 25,000 audience members.

Our diverse group of skilled, engaging artists have been wonderful collaborators this year, exploring new ways to provide programming via virtual platforms and adapting in-person programs to accommodate a wide array of safety protocols. While programs have increasingly taken place in person, as schools, libraries, and other community venues have begun to open their doors to visitors, virtual programs have remained a great way for artists to perform and lead workshops from a distance. Bringing arts programming to communities is certainly more of a challenge these days – but with some creativity and innovation, we have helped make these experiences continue to happen.

As part of our long-time collaboration with the Arlington Public Schools Humanities Project, an initiative that funds arts experiences in Arlington schools, Christylez Bacon returned to Wakefield High School to lead a virtual Human Beatbox workshop in February:

It was wonderful! [Christylez] is so great at talking to the students. He got them to try to beat box ON CAMERA! It was a miracle! They were so engaged… I don’t think any of us have laughed that much in a while…Thank you so much for this experience for my students!

– Teacher, Wakefield HS (Arlington, VA)

In October, Mark H Rooney performed as part of Rock Creek Forest Elementary School’s Multicultural Night – the school’s first in-person event since the start of the pandemic – introducing families to taiko, traditional Japanese drumming:

Mark was…amazing…He kept the kids and families so engaged, which is no small feat when hundreds of little ones are gathered outdoors on a playground…please extend our PTA’s gratitude to him for making our first in-person event in 18 months so marvelous. And, of course, thanks to you for handling the administrative aspects of booking the performance!

– President, Rock Creek Forest ES PTA (Chevy Chase, MD)

In November, Baltimore County Public Library honored Native American Heritage Month through both in-person and virtual performances of Stories of the Four Directions by Dovie Thomason – three branches across the county offered families a chance to enjoy Dovie’s traditional tales in person, while a virtual performance offered families a chance to connect with Dovie from their homes

We are more committed than ever to our mission to educate, foster creativity, and connect communities through interactive experiences in a wide range of artistic disciplines and cultural traditions.
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