HEADLINES ABOUT THE ARTS IN EASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
October 10, 2017
STRATHMORE ANNOUNCES BLOOM,
BRINGING HIGH-QUALITY ARTS PROGRAMMING AND EDUCATION COUNTY-WIDE
Strathmore extends beyond hallmark Music Center to all corners of Montgomery County with ambitious outreach program, Bloom, bringing critical arts engagements to those most in need
NORTH BETHESDA, MD – Today, Strathmore announces the expansion of its off-campus presence in Montgomery County with Bloom, a county-wide program to deliver high-quality arts programming to all corners of its diverse community. Bloom grew from the East County Initiative, a program founded by Strathmore in 2015, the 10th anniversary year of its hallmark Music Center, and was an unprecedented effort that leveraged community partnerships to bring ongoing arts programming to underserved communities in east Montgomery County. Bloom builds on that success and illustrates Strathmore’s ambitions to expand the scope of its off-site arts programming to impact community members throughout Montgomery County. More information about Bloom is available at www.strathmore.org/bloom.
Beginning in 2015 with the Step Up! East County after-school step and leadership training program in partnership with world-class step troupe Step Afrika!, Strathmore has grown its off-campus offerings that cover a breadth of performing arts fields. Strathmore currently engages community members through the multigenerational World Jazz Choir, the tuition-free East County Strings afterschool music program in partnership with Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore, a series of Corridor Concerts that pair Strathmore Artists in Residence with community-based vocal groups, and the annual Strathmore Festival of Voices choral event. The model of catalyzing profound impact through partnership is already proven—Strathmore now wants to amplify it.
“With AMP and our initial presence in east Montgomery County, Strathmore proved its ability to go off campus,” said Strathmore founder and CEO Eliot Pfanstiehl. “Bloom captures the essence of our role out in the community. Sometimes we are the seed—planting a colorful new arts program in schools or in a community center. More often, we are the water or the sun—providing resources and expertise to help the arts thrive. In every case, we celebrate the power of the arts to help us flourish in the fierce conviction that each of us deserves access to them.”
Strathmore is built on the central tenet that the arts belong to everyone. With Bloom, Strathmore aims to grow the number of affordable and sustainable performing arts programs in its community by identifying, strengthening, and building upon existing arts assets throughout Montgomery County. In partnership with schools, recreation programs, community centers, and local businesses, Strathmore will cultivate new opportunities for arts enrichment.
Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. The organization’s hallmark is the Music Center at Strathmore, with a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. Its core campus also includes the historic Mansion at Strathmore, which features an intimate Music Room and art galleries. Most recently, Strathmore opened AMP, a 250-seat cabaret-style venue located just up Rockville Pike from the core campus in the burgeoning Pike District of Montgomery County. Strathmore’s signature education, mission-driven programs include the Strathmore Student Concerts and the Artist in Residence program.
Strathmore is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Strathmore is also supported in part by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.
New Grant Funding for East County Strings
Bloom By Strathmore has received a grant from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary for the East County Strings Program. The program provides almost 100 middle school students an opportunity to grow and develop their artistry, and culminates with an exciting gala concert for the community. We thank BCC Rotary for their generous support!
If you would like to support East County Strings, please contact us to get involved!
Video Spotlight: East County Strings
Check out our fantastic East County String students performing in concert for their families, friends, and community.
Video courtesy of Comcast.
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