Your Gift In Action

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Every gift creates a story. Every gift impacts a life.
Every gift is an investment in a brighter tomorrow.

While much of what we experienced this past year was unexpected, together we awakened our imaginations and supported each other with creativity and compassion. Here are a few ways your philanthropic support made that possible during the 2019-2020 season:

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Musician Yoko K. Sen discusses her mission to radically reimagine the future sound environment of hospitals during our Arts & the Brain series.

You encouraged the exploration of arts and aging

Your generosity brought teachers, scholars, and artists together to educate us on the therapeutic power of art. Strathmore’s Arts & the Brain lecture series examined how the arts impact aging and vitality in 4 sessions that included innovative neuroscientific research and even an artistic initiative that reimagines the future of hospital sound.

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Artist Emily White’s Boomtown Bear is a life-sized piece full of surprises. Our Timber exhibition featured artists’ work in wood, including sculpture, turning, and carving.

You brought the arts to new heights

Timber, an exhibition that featured creative woodwork by a diverse group of artists from across the country, filled the Mansion’s galleries in fall 2019. From a towering, 9-foot bear by Emily White to freeform baseball bats by Mark Sfirri, Timber invited viewers to discover the creative ways this natural resource can be used as an artistic medium. Because of you, visitors enjoyed this exhibition free of charge!

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Members of Manual Cinema explain their technique of creating a movie in real time using vintage overhead projectors at a hands-on workshop.

You forged stories and history in a multi-dimensional way

Emmy-winning ensemble Manual Cinema brought No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks to Strathmore in January 2020 as part of the perspective-broadening Windows series. The show tells the story of poet Brooks—the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize—through shadow puppetry, silhouetted actors, and a live jazz score. Audiences were invited to deepen their experience through in-depth and intimate events, including a hands-on workshop, a preshow lecture with scholar and poet Kim Roberts, and a poetry reading hosted by Dwayne B of Spit Dat that celebrated DC’s grassroots poetry scene. With your gift, many were able to get close and experience this unique and innovative art form.

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Members of the Strathmore Children’s Chorus performing their 2020 Holiday Traditions Concert virtually. 

You supported students through virtual learning

While schools physically closed in March 2020, you helped ensure that arts education continued! In consultation with MCPS, Strathmore created a robust resource library of over 100 instructional guides and videos to help music teachers with their lessons during this unprecedented time of remote learning. Many of our own education programs, including Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, Strathmore Children’s Chorus, and Step Up, also transitioned to virtual models.

Thank You!


Your generosity brings distinctive programming and renowned artists to Strathmore’s stages and galleries and ensures that everyone in our community can experience the joy and wonder of the arts.

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