Performing Arts

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

Dance Place
Operating Support $25,000; completion of $400,000 Capital Campaign Commitment
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.

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 Hall – Project Support $65,000
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 Dance – Gift 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.

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 $80,000 to $460,000 Endowment
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 student at the Conservatory exhibiting exceptional levels of talent as well as identified financial need.

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.
The Arts Fund@THEARCProject Support $60,000
The fund supports the four arts organizations in residence at THEARC – ArtReach, Levine Music, The Washington Ballet, and THEARC Theater – to increase exposure and access to the arts for the surrounding community through scholarships and free programs for low-income students, while also supporting integrated and complementary programming among the arts partners.

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. It’s 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.