A YEAR OF ARTISTIC ADVENTURE
Growing a vibrant arts community that welcomes everyone.
Our 2018–2019 season was filled with powerful moments big and small, on our campus and out in the community and schools. With over 400 Strathmore-presented events and education programs this year, it was hard to narrow down our favorites, but here are some of the things we were most excited about this season.
MCPS named us Partner Champion of the Year
Student arts experiences flourished this year. Among them, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) 2nd and 5th Graders returned for the 14th year of student concerts, and we entered our second year of two programs: Think Big Café for 4th graders and the free Fun, Food, Fitness, and Fundamentals summer camp at Galway Elementary School in partnership with Montgomery County Recreation and Adventist Community Services. We were recognized as MCPS Partner Champion of the Year for these and dozens of other programs that support our students!
Students at MCPS 5th Grade Student Concerts learn about the blues
Our Windows series reached new heights
It was our second year of this incredible series focused on globally influenced perspectives. Windows performances in the Music Center were accompanied by preconcert events, where experts and artists from our community provided context and learning opportunities, while postconcert conversations helped attendees connect to each other and share their experiences. Among many series highlights, local women artists in historically male-dominated disciplines discussed their triumphs and challenges in Peligrosa: Women Musicians Breaking Ground before “Queen of Ranchera” Aida Cuevas; Step Afrika! founder Brian Williams and members of the Divine Nine explored the connection between arts and activism worldwide in Step Afrika! The Next 25 Years; and Balkan composer Goran Bregović’s Three Letters from Sarajevo explored the musical styles of three religions in Sarajevo as a metaphor for seeking peace and understanding.
“Queen of Ranchera” Aida Cuevas
We launched our first sensory-friendly programs
Children with sensory sensitivities explored magical worlds in our Saturday Family Story Sessions and Jam Sessions. By partnering with experts in the field, we’re ensuring that all children can experience the magic of the arts in a way that’s comfortable for them. We are setting the stage for expanded sensory-friendly programming next year.
Saturday Family Jam Session in the Mansion
Women composers took the spotlight
While we’ve always celebrated women, this was a particularly great year: we joined the Boulanger Initiative as the major sponsor of their inaugural festival of women composers, continued our partnerships with faith communities in Montgomery County for a concert series featuring historical and living black women composers, and Strathmore Children’s Chorus learned and sang a concert exclusively featuring music written by women.
Strathmore Children’s Chorus in Our Voices, Her Song in the Music Center
Latin Strings and Percussion launched in upcounty schools
Building on our successful East County Strings program that provides tuition-free instruction with professional string coaches to nearly 200 MCPS students, we expanded strings programming into northern Montgomery County for an additional 100 students in a program that focuses on and celebrates Latin music and composers.
Latin Strings and Percussion students perform at their first showcase
We connected professional artists with students and witnessed magical moments
We continued our partnership with Step Afrika! for Step Up East County, expanded our partnership with Black Violin who worked with East County Strings and Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, and worked with Jazz at Lincoln Center to provide an advanced composition master class with our Artists in Residence.
Black Violin in a student workshop
We explored powerful perspectives through groundbreaking art exhibitions
Día de Muertos: Cultural Perspectives, curated by Mexican American artist Laura Irene, brought together young Latin American artists to explore and present their connections to death and Día de Muertos. In The Railroad, emerging artist Terron Cooper Sorrells explored moments of resilience and perseverance not often illustrated in the retelling of the enslavement of African Americans in US history textbooks, drafting narratives through painting and printmaking that stood for stories untold.
Mexico Beyond Mariachi guides visitors through the Día de Muertos exhibition
Our Artists in Residence went Facebook Live
Growing our commitment to supporting artists on the rise, we expanded the visibility our of Artists in Residence (AIR) through Facebook livestreams! AIR has been a key program since 2005 and has helped launch the careers of nearly 100 artists in the DC metro area through professional development, cross-genre collaboration, and mentorship.
Artist in Residence Class of 2019: Dante’ Pope, Trey Sorrells, Eliot Seppa, Anjali Taneji, Seán Heely, Calista Garcia
We developed fruitful new partnerships with community organizations
We partnered with Bmore Houseful to bring urban dance pioneers such as Jorge “PopMaster Fabel” Pabon, Honey Rockwell, and more to our campus as part of their Pass the Peace series, which aims to preserve the history and tradition of urban dance culture. Creative Writing Workshops in the Mansion led by Community Building Art Works used writing and expression to facilitate community, healing, and connection among veterans and civilians. Off-campus, after advising on arts facility integration at Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center, we partnered with Montgomery County Recreation to launch inaugural classes and concerts to help generate interest and involvement in the newly opened space.
Chris Urquiaga performs at Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center
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