YOUR GIFT IN ACTION
With every gift, there is a story to be told. Through your support of Strathmore, you join a group of devoted art supporters who seek to promote artistic innovation, enhance educational opportunity, foster partnerships, cultivate creativity, and boost community engagement. Your gift encourages the exploration of new opportunities, and we are pleased to share with you a few of our favorite highlights from the season.
Making Tracks Summer Camp
This year our work in East County expanded into the summertime! Joining forces with Montgomery County Recreation, MCPS, and Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington, Strathmore infused the arts into the Making Tracks summer camp at Galway Elementary School. Making Tracks takes a collective approach to reducing the summertime out-of-school opportunity gap for low-income youth in Montgomery County. Children receive free classes in STEM subjects in the morning, with nutrition, swimming, physical fitness, and now the arts in the afternoon. Strathmore’s teaching artists provided instruction in step dance, circus arts, and choral music, engaging the students with self-expression and personal growth while delighting parents and teachers at the end-of-summer showcase. By addressing the issue of food insecurity, narrowing the achievement gap, promoting social equity, and fostering self-confidence and communication skills through the arts, Making Tracks is creating a significant difference in our community. We look forward to continuing this exciting partnership this summer!
Partnership with Michael Feinstein
Preeminent ambassador of the Great American Songbook Michael Feinstein has partnered with Strathmore for five exciting performances this season. In addition to October’s successful kick-off performance, Strathmore will present three additional Feinstein Presents cabaret concerts at AMP. Curated by Feinstein, these concerts feature hand-picked artists (the caliber of which he features at his New York venue, Feinstein’s/54 Below), who will conserve and advance American musical tradition and repertoire. The culminating performance at Strathmore’s Annual Spring Gala will include performances with alumni of Strathmore’s hallmark Artist in Residence program, as well as high school students from distinguished area musical theater and vocal training programs. This special collaboration dovetails with a central tenet of Strathmore’s mission - engaging, mentoring, and providing performance opportunities for up-and-coming artists.
Think Big Café
This fall, an exciting new education program got underway, and it promises to be “big.” Led by Strathmore’s education department, this innovative new program seeks to transform the worldview of Montgomery County 4th graders by synthesizing exciting educational opportunities in visual arts, music, and creative expression. Five hundred students from four MCPS elementary schools toured Glenstone, a unique contemporary art museum with state-of-the-art galleries and an expansive sculpture garden. The students then came together at AMP and, via video conference, met with Scrap Arts Music, an internationally renowned percussion ensemble, to learn the process of designing mobile instruments artfully crafted from industrial scraps. Using their newfound knowledge of contemporary art and instrument design, each child will now create their own musical instrument, teach their class how to play it, and attend a special Scrap Arts Music performance this spring at the Music Center as their capstone experience with Think Big Café.
Iron & Coal
In May 2018, Strathmore will produce and present the world premiere of Iron & Coal, a theatrical concert by acclaimed composer and performer Jeremy Schonfeld. Taking inspiration from his father’s memoir about spending a year in Auschwitz in 1944-45 at the age of ten, Schonfled traces his father’s attempts to create a life out of the ashes, all the while exploring the universal themes of life, love, death, the unique relationships of fathers with sons, and the path to reconciliation and perseverance. Through our commitment to support ambitious new work, Strathmore is partnering with innovative opera and new music company Beth Morrison Projects to produce this innovative premiere that uses projection, animation, a rock band, chamber orchestra, and choruses to fill the stage and tell the story. The production will feature members of the Strathmore Children’s Chorus and Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras along with an award-winning artistic and production team.
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.