Celebrating 30 years in 2018, Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA) is a nationally recognized social service organization that engages older adults in health improvement and life enhancement through frequent participation in the arts. AFTA’s trained and highly skilled artistic faculty bring visual, musical, performing, literary, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational arts experiences to groups of older adults in community and residential settings in Greater Washington—many live with aging-related physical and cognitive impairments. AFTA’s impact is therapeutic and evidence-based: Studies show that regular arts participation stimulates imagination and reminiscence, decreases feelings of isolation and loneliness, sparks feelings of joy and self-worth, reduces perceptions of pain, alleviates symptoms of chronic and critical illness, improves blood pressure and heart rate, and diminishes stress.
Community Bridges (CB) empowers girls from diverse backgrounds to become exceptional students, positive leaders and healthy young women by addressing the developmental needs of immigrant and minority girls and their families living at or below the federal poverty level in Montgomery County, Maryland. Over the past 20 years we have served more than 3,500 girls and their families through our CB Girls, CB Mentoring, CB College and Career Planning and CB Family programs. With a 100% high school graduation and college acceptance rate and over 90% of alumnae reporting increased confidence and pride in identity, Community Bridges empowers girls to become future leaders and ultimately end the cycle of poverty.
Founded in 1960 at the request of DC Public Schools, DCYOP has been an integral part of the Washington, DC community, fostering the musical development of more than 50,000 youth. The first youth orchestra to perform at the Kennedy Center, DCYOP has toured 2 countries, played for US presidents and diplomats, and worked with esteemed musicians such as Copland, Maazel, Rostropovich, Hamlisch, Gustavo Dudamel, Yo-Yo Ma, and Kevin Deas. The program has received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (formerly Coming Up Taller) and the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Arts Education.
CYOP serves over 500 students ages 4-18 at the main site with 9 orchestras and 100 classes plus another 80 students with an El Sistema-inspired intensive Children's Orchestra at 3 DCPS satellite sites.
Edwin Aparicio (director/choreographer/dancer) is the co-founder and curator of GALA Hispanic Theatre’s annual Fuego Flamenco Festival. Mr. Aparicio is one of the most sought-after flamenco performers, teachers and choreographers in the United States and has performed not only at GALA, but also with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, under the direction of Plácido Domingo, and with the Washington Ballet. GALA is DC’s premier Latino arts organization with a 43-year record of artistic excellence and service to the community.
Justin Trawick and The Common Good’s debut record, “The Riverwash EP”, exemplifies the raw emotional live sound Trawick and the band have cultivated over the years playing in clubs and festivals up and down the East Coast. With instrumentation consisting of acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, mandolin, and pedal steel, the band’s live performance plays fast and loose with the “Americana” genre, performing heartfelt ballads followed by raucous bluegrass melodies and even moments of hip hop verses. Written by DC based songwriter Justin Trawick, “The Riverwash EP” introduces the listener to Trawick’s unique brand storytelling with five original songs about love, loss, longing, resilience, and time pulling heartstrings of listeners young and old.
Paula Brown Performing Arts Center is located in Temple Hills, Maryland, and founded in 2012. Dedicated and committed to providing inner city youth an opportunity, and outlet to develop social skills, self esteem, confidence, awareness, cultural diversity and discipline, while training for the Arts. Under the guidance and vision of Ms. Paula Brown, Founder/Artistic Director; children ages 3-20 years, receive training for a professional opportunity in the Arts Industry with classical Ballet training.
Based in the Metro DC Area, YAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization offering world-class training to gifted and committed young performing artists in a professional and nurturing environment. Through mentorship and individualized instruction from renowned artists, students work collaboratively to perform fully orchestrated works of music-theatre in state-of-the-art venues such as the Music Center at Strathmore, where YAA resides as the arts center’s first Affiliate.