It has been a little more than 6 years that I have had the opportunity to work with Adrienne Jamieson, the MaryLou and George Boone Centennial Director of Stanford In Washington (SIW). It is an honor to be a part of this programing initiative in support of Adrienne's vision for SIW, which insures that students are presented with diverse culture experiences. These have a cumulative impact in offering unanticipated views, and connections, into dynamics of intersectionality. That opportunity for such insights are supported by Arts Programming, is a significant guideline in SIW practice.
..in this season of unprecedented politics, my students in the National Portrait Gallery's program Portraits Alive!, bring their concepts of leadership to the fore -and are profiled by NPR.. An incredible group of hard working young minds, making sense for themselves, a way in which the past resonates in the shape of the future.. I am so proud of them!
I am fortunate; it is my third year with the National Portrait Gallery’s program Portraits Alive! Having the opportunity to participate in the construct of what students will be addressing this year, I sought to find the model by which to investigate their concepts of ‘civic duty and ‘social responsibility’. Students would choose sitters, whose portraits are part of the NPG collection, who best exemplified such ingredients of character and informed their definition of ‘leadership’.
..it was in 2010 when I was first at Cedar Hill having created an enrichment program for Washington National Opera, in collaboration with DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. That presentation was called Black Women In Opera Celebrate Black Women In Community. On October 24 2015 there is to be another gathering at Cedar Hill, with new partners and ongoing collaborators.
Creating. Unique. Programming. …set against one another each of those words can wreck havoc in that they speak to something without precedent; something out of the ordinary; something, yet to be in an index table for “standard”. One of the perks for being my age is that creating unique programming falls well into my paradigm of permissions I’ve embraced as ..well, as being my age. It also comes while walking a fine line between ‘hubris’, ‘experience’ and ‘facilitation’.