Arvind Manocha, President & CEO of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, was recently honored by the Washington Business Journal with the prestigious Top Minority Business Leader award. You can read more the award and Manocha in Wolf Trap’s official press release. Also of note, new analysis was issued by Wolf Trap and the American Institutes for Research showing arts-integrated teaching translates to an additional month of math learning. Learn more about the analysis on WT’s website or check out the additional coverage in The Washington Post.
You know spring has truly arrived when the American Horticultural Society holds its annual Spring Garden Market — this year on Friday and Saturday, April 8-9. Join AHS at its stunning River Farm headquarters in Virginia for a wide variety of gardening vendors, kids’ activities, and the glorious Flower and Art Show. For more information, visit AHS’s website.
The National Parks Conservation Association holds its 35th annual Salute to the Parks gala Wednesday, April 13, in Washington, DC — a chance to celebrate America’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage as exemplified by our national parks. This is a particularly important year for our national parks as they celebrate their 100th anniversary. For tickets and more information, visit NPCA’s website.
If you’re going to be in Atlanta this spring, save the date for the High Museum of Art’s 12th annual Driskell Prize Dinner. Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford will receive the David C. Driskell Prize in African American Art and Art History at this black-tie event, at the Museum on Friday, April 29. For more information and to see some of Bradford’s groundbreaking work, visit the High’s website.
How will you celebrate Earth Day this year? The Student Conservation Association is making it easy through some much-needed public service opportunities in Washington, DC, on Saturday, April 30. Check out SCA’s website for Find Your Park Day information on this and other Earth Day events happening across the country.
The National Museum of the American Indian’s new exhibition: Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains — opened Saturday, March 12, in New York City. The exhibit is a fascinating look at myriad tribes and the different media they use to create art that tells a story. From painted animal hides to ceremonial clothing to newly commissioned works, the objects date from the 19th century to the present day. Visit NMAI’s website for more information and a sneak-peek at some of the beautiful objects and paintings in the exhibition.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, the National Museum of African American History and Culture held its Museum Day Live! event on Saturday, March 12, at the American History Museum in Washington, DC. The free event included many activities to interpret what it means to be an African American woman in the 21st century, with a panel discussion covering topics like: How does the media shape the development of African American women’s identity? How do gender, orientation, class, etc., influence how African American women move through society? The day concluded with a reception and concert at the almost-completed NMAAHC building.