your gift in action
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:
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 four sessions that included innovative neuroscientific research and even an artistic initiative that reimagines the future of hospital sound.
Musician Yoko K. Sen discusses her mission to radically reimagine the future sound environment of hospitals during our Arts & the Brain series.
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!
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 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.
Members of Manual Cinema explain their technique of creating a movie in real time using vintage overhead projectors at a hands-on workshop.
You enhanced sensory-friendly programming
Your support has expanded arts access for audiences on the autism spectrum and those with other sensory sensitivities. Strathmore’s Sensory-Friendly Backstage Tours are small-group experiences designed to introduce audiences on the autism spectrum or those with other sensory sensitivities to the inner-workings of the Concert Hall so they may feel familiar and therefore more comfortable in performing arts venues.
During a sensory-friendly backstage tour, a young girl experiences playing the drums on stage at Strathmore.
You supported students through virtual learning
While schools physically closed in March, 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.
Members of the Strathmore Children’s Chorus participate in a virtual rehearsal in spring 2020.
Visit our Year in Review page to see what else your support helped make possible!
We rely on charitable gifts from individuals to sustain and expand our visual and performing arts experiences and arts education programs. Your gift will foster incredible social impact by allowing Strathmore to remain a strong and vibrant resource in your community.