Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Arts Advocacy & My First Art Exhibit

DC Advocates for the Arts

Today, I attended a training to prepare me for Arts Advocacy Day in DC. The training and the movement is led by the DC Advocates for the Arts. On Arts Advocacy Day - March 3rd, 2010 - we will meet with policy-makers in Washington DC to share our thoughts about what the arts need to thrive in the District.

The arts has been a major part of my life, particularly the last two years. I've done everything from performing in theater, performing as a vocalist, teaching students how to write songs, producing concerts, producing an art exhibit and continuing to write my poetry, short stories, plays and songs. Earlier this year, I even took a hit at painting. The arts are so tremendously important.

When we look at the value the arts are in connection to education and youth development, the list is a mile long. I'm hoping that our efforts ensure that funding in the district will not be cut any further. The arts provide almost 12,000 jobs and over 300 million dollars in revenue for the district.

The value is endless.

Making HerStory

I was excited to learn that my first painting that I shared early this year here on the blog was selected for the upcoming exhibit Making HerStory. Making HerStory celebrates the vast and diverse forms of creativity offered by women artists. Making HerStory highlights art by women in many forms: visual, written and spoken word, and music. This year’s event will mark the fifth annual celebration of women in the arts. In celebration of HerStory’s fifth anniversary, five youth female artists, ages 6-18, will be provided scholarships to participate in this year’s exhibition.

When Michelle D. Parrish created the "Making HerStory" brand concept, it sort of just happened. An exhibition that she had developed turned out to be a woman only showing and happened to fall at the start of Women's history month. She thought it would be a good idea to tie the two together. This year, the exhibit "Making HerStory 5: The Inclination to Rise," will be from March 1-April 23, 2010, at Peace & a Cup of Joe Cafe', 713 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD and Beanetics Coffee Roasters, 7028 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA.

You can get more info HERE.

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