Performing Arts

Read about the organizations we support that are making the performing arts an integral part of individual, family, and community life.  

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ArtReach at THEARC
Founded by Corcoran School of Art + Design in 1992 and now part of The George Washington University, ArtReach provides youth from Wards 7 & 8 with high quality, studio-based arts instruction.
ArtReach Portfolio Development at THEARCProject Support $15,000
The Portfolio Development Program provides advanced art classes, mentorship,  and support to develop college-admissions portfolios, to a select cohort of high school students who demonstrate talent and dedication to pursuing art at the university level. Through academic drawing and painting classes, students expand their understanding of art history, practice, and technique in courses taught by GW faculty and working artists.

Dance Place
Operating Support $25,000
Dance Place has been a leading voice for dance in the Washington metro area for more than 30 years, nurturing and mentoring hundreds of performing artist with professional performing and training opportunities. In addition to being one of the most prolific presenters and co-commissioners of dance in the United States, Dance Place is also a respected dance school and provider of youth programming. 
Establishment of the Carla Fund for Choreography and Performance – Gift of $50,000 to $300,000 Endowment
Created to honor retiring founding director Carla Perlo, this endowment will annually support creation of a new dance project, studio rehearsal time, and performance fees related to presentation of the new work in the Washington, DC area. 

From The Top
Broadcast to a nationwide audience of more than 700,000 listeners, From the Top showcases America’s most talented young musicians through a weekly radio show and live events across the country.
Take it Beyond the Concert HallProject Support & Establishment of Arts Leadership Grant Award $60,000
From the Top gives young people with exceptional talent opportunities to create and share the joy of music with the world, while helping them develop into 21st century musicians, providing arts leadership training, school and community outreach activities, and community service projects that bring rich musical experiences and inspiration to audiences from school children to seniors. 

Goucher College
Goucher College is a private, coed, liberal arts college dedicated to providing a multidisciplinary, international education.
The Howard and Geraldine Polinger Scholarship in DanceGift of $10,000 to $750,000 Endowment
This merit-based scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students at Goucher College who have declared a major in dance. Through Goucher's dance curriculum, students learn to observe, analyze, document, synthesize, and integrate both theoretical and applied knowledge to become leaders in the multifaceted world of dance.

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Levine Music
Operating on five campuses across the DC region, Levine Music offers individual music instruction, group classes, summer camp, early childhood music program, and adult community choruses.
Levine Music at THEARC – Need-based Scholarships $15,000; Increase access to music and performances at THEARC $20,000
Levine seeks to bring the joy of music to the wider community surrounding THEARC and cultivate a welcoming space where children and adults find lifelong inspiration through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Levine will both expand their reach into the community and enhance their performance offerings at THEARC.

Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
The Peabody Institute is comprised of the degree-granting Peabody Conservatory and Peabody Preparatory – one of the nation’s first and largest community music schools.
The Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation Endowed Piano Scholarship Gift of $40,000 to $460,000 Endowmen
Created in 2010 to honor Geraldine’s commitment to music and her years as a piano student at Peabody Preparatory, The Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation Endowed Piano Scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate Conservatory student with identified financial need and who exhibits exceptional levels of talent.

Sitar Arts Center
Operating Support $40,000
Sitar Arts Center provides underserved children and youth in Washington, DC the opportunity to explore and study the performing and visual arts through afterschool, weekend, and summer programs. Sitar provides high-quality, affordable arts education to help students develop artistic, social, and life skills, helping them overcome economic and social barriers.

THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus)
THEARC is a community hub that works in collaboration with its resident nonprofit partners to offer families east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC access to cultural, educational, health, recreational, and social services. 
Arts4All Project Support $75,000
A multi-year initiative to increase arts access programming at THEARC and in the surrounding[EP1]  neighborhoods, Arts4All will connect children, families, and adults to art performances and events at THEARC and other local arts venues. Arts4All will develop collaborations with area arts and cultural organizations, artistic venues, and the local community to produce pop-up arts events and larger-scale performances throughout the community.
iCAN  Technical Theater Internship – Project Support $15,000
This workforce development program creatively infuses team building, critical thinking, and problem solving with the use of production arts.  iCan interns receive professional training and college admissions or job placement assistance, mentorship, and support to build networks within the technical theater industry.

The Washington Ballet
TWB brings the artistry of dance to the Nation’s Capital through professional presentations of classic and contemporary ballet, a preeminent ballet school, and extensive dance education and community engagement programs.
TWB@THEARC – Need-based Scholarships $15,000; Increase access to dance and performances at THEARC $25,000
In addition to providing scholarship support, this initiative seeks to bring performance and educational opportunities to THEARC’s constituencies, opening up the artistry of dance to new audiences through discounted tickets to an increased number of TWB professional productions at THEARC and post-performance ‘talk backs’ with dancers and choreographers, to further engage audiences.

Young Playwrights' Theater
Through programming integrated into DC public schools, YPT uses playwriting and theater to bolster student literacy and provide at-risk youth with opportunities for creative expression. 
Expansion according to Dream Impact MapProject Support $30,000
YPT targets its expansion to Title I schools in underserved communities – providing many youth with their first creative writing process and many audience members with their first theatrical experience. Its programming achieves deep, long-term impact by teaching students to use playwriting and theater arts as tools for positive self-expression and instruments of social change.