Ayanna Holmes, a senior at the FBR Boys & Girls Club successfully advanced to the regional level of the National Youth of the Year Program, sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  She earned the titles at the local and state (DC/VA) levels prior to the regional program in Atlanta this summer.  She serves as a leading teen voice for the more than 1300 youth our organization serves daily.

Desne works behind the scenes as a part of the I CAN at THEARC Theater internship program.  She studies the disciplines of sound, lighting and projection in addition to stage and house management. Working in THEARC Theater has allowed her to appreciate the hard work and dedication required to producing a show. The high school senior currently a Vocal Arts Major at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Desne has had the pleasure of performing as an ensemble member in Black Nativity and Three Mo' Tenors.

Malik (far left) received his start in art by attending classes at Corcoran ArtReach (now ArtReach at THEARC.) He was the youngest child to start at ArtReach in 2005 at the age of 6 years old. By the age of 13, Malik showcased his art in his first exhibition entitled Malek Malik: Candy Season which was on-view at The Community Gallery at THEARC. He also collaborated with artist in residence, Nina Chanel Abney to create a mural with nine advanced students of the ArtReach program.

Reggie visits THEARC to take classes at The Washington Ballet and Levine Music after school. He also participates in the "I CAN at THEARC Theater" internship program - allowing him to learn about technical theater management. His favorite experiences as a member of THEARC include performing for the President of the United States with a group of ballet students from our campus and visiting New York City during an overnight trip with theater staff and interns!

Lula Evans is a standout dancer in Ms. Slyvia Soumah's African dance class. She's lived three blocks from THEARC for over 50 years and first took a dance class through the Washington Ballet at THEARC. When not dancing, she volunteers at THEARC's front desk lobby and during special events. She is known affectionately by staff and members as "Mama Lu"!

Shamaria is a student at the Washington School for Girls and Levine Music. She recieved the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship for her singing abilities!

Atiya is student at St. Thomas Moore Catholic School. Every year, she comes to Children’s Health Center at THEARC for routine immunizations. Atiya also loves attending holiday plays with her class at THEARC Theater. She hopes to one day become a photographer!

Ryan is a senior at Gonzaga High School. He loves THEARC because it is a hub for opportunities. He is a member of the Boys & Girls Club and takes classes at Levine School of Music and The Washington Ballet. Ryan’s experience as Youth Mayor of DC in 2011 inspired his dream of a career in public service!

Lisa loves THEARC because of the convenient location. She is a student at  Trinity Washington University at THEARC, earning an Associate Degree in General Studies. Lisa aspires to one day pursue a Bachelor’s Degree as well as receive a promotion at her current job. She also attends plays at THEARC Theater!

Mykele is a student at Francis-Stevens Education Campus. For the last five years she has participated in Ballet, Jazz, Modern and African dance at The Washington Ballet. She has performed in The Nutcracker, and was very excited to perform at our annual, fundraising gala, After Dark @ THEARC! She hopes to one day become a professional ballerina.

The Washington Middle School for Girls hosted a special group of visitors from countries including Bulgaria, Cameroon, South Korea, Russia and Yemen as a part of a cross-cultural exchange program. Seventeen women dedicated to cultivating global women's rights and leadership spent the day observing the all-girls educational model as well as meeting students and teachers. Specially selected to participate in the Institue of International Education's program entitled, "Education and Activism for Young Women," WMSG was one of the first stops on the group's U.S.

Enrollment in the Washington Middle School for Girls prompted community members Michea’lla and her mother Rolanda to join THEARC nearly three years ago.  Currently a high school freshman at the National Cathedral School, Michea’lla regularly attends the Boys & Girls Club at THEARC to complete homework.

THEARC is very grateful for the support of Capital One during their one week initiative which took place from October 14-20.  On Tuesday, October 16, their volunteers came out to help during our Fall Harvest where they assisted in managing the event, cooking food for the guests, and winterizing our garden.  The following day, volunteers assembled new furniture in the Corcoran ArtReach studio, and financial specialists led a “Financial Literacy 101” workshop free of charge for the community through a partnership with LIFT-DC.

We had another successful AfterDark at THEARC, our annual gala.  Guests enjoyed a fun evening with special performances from opera legend Denyce Graves, Brooklyn Mack, the Beat Ya Feet Kings and many others.  The evening also included the presentation of the second Bridge Builder award to Gina F. Adams, FEDEx’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs.

Students participating in The Washington Ballet at THEARC’s Summer Intensive had the opportunity to be part of The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s “Above the Influence” (ATI) campaign this year.  Adopting ATI’s theme “Be Seen, Be Heard, Be You” for this year’s intensive, TWB at THEARC gave their students the opportunity to learn original choreography before they were featured in a short documentary that highlighted the process of creating the dance with personal interviews with select students.  The students...

THEARC would like to spotlight 13-year old Malik Langley who presented his first solo exhibit, Candy Season, at the Corcoran ArtReach Gallery at THEARC this summer.  He has been a student with Corcoran ArtReach since THEARC opened in 2005 and has faithfully attended the program each semester since then.  With so much talent, he has been given the opportunity to participate in many advanced workshops at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and beyond.  Most recently, he was accepted as a master class student in ArtReach’s spring 2012 semester and he also had the opportunity to...

Kevin and his daughter Kala are members of THEARC and were selected to attend the Mystics game on June 10, 2012.  Kevin attends Trinity University, and Kala attends the Boys and Girls Club after school and on Saturdays.  She recently graduated from Johnson Middle School, and was promoted to the 7th grade.  Her parents are considering enrolling her in the Washington Middle School for Girls during her 7th grade year.

The Boys & Girls Club at THEARC was the site for the President’s Task Force on Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children announcement of the Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities.  Key leaders including Lisa Jackson, Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency; Shaun Donovan, Secretary for the U.S.

We are pleased to spotlight Samantha Bell who has been a member since September 11, 2008.  Her daughter, Shamaria Bell, is a 7th grader at The Washington Middle School for Girls at THEARC and she also participates in programs at the Levine School of Music at THEARC including their choir.  She is the recipient of tickets to a Washington National's game.

LIFT-DC had a successful celebration for their first anniversary at THEARC this past April.  Approximately 100 adults and children came by their offices at THEARC to have free professional photos taken and to enjoy a family-centered day that featured a DJ, barbecue, face-painting, and moon bounce.  LIFT-DC is happy to be able to offer this annual event to their clients and looks forward to continuing supporting all who need assistance in finding employment, housing, and other referral services.

This month, we are pleased to spotlight Anita Pinkney and her daughter Maya who have both been members of THEARC since September of last year.  To thank them for their excellent patronage, they received three tickets to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus.

The Washington Middle School for Girls at THEARC is very honored to have welcomed the First Lady of Ghana, Ernestina Naadu Mills for a visit of the school on March 9, 2012.  She was greeted and treated to a poetry reading by the students, shared her own reflections on being a corageous woman, and later showed her appreciation by awarding Sister Mary Bourdon with a Ghanian kente cloth.  She later embarked on a tour of THEARC with THEARC’s Executive Director Edmund Fleet, and greeted other students from Turner Elementary who were attending a show at THEARC Theater.

Congratulations, LIFT-DC!  Last week, Mayor Vince Gray proclaimed November 17 as LIFT-DC Day in Washington D.C.  LIFT-DC opened their third division at THEARC this February and have done extraordinary work in their mission to combat poverty and expand opportunity to so many people in need.  We are very proud to have them as a partner!

On Monday, September 26, local middle and high school students came to THEARC Theater to participate in a FELA! master class facilitated by two of the show’s professional dancers.  Students learned several dance numbers from the musical and later participated in a short recital which was open to the community.

Corcoran ArtReach students collaborated with Kid Pan Alley in a unique songwriting residency program. The students paired with professional songwriter, Paul Reisler and Paddy Dougherty, for one week to write, compose, and perform original songs inspired by the Corcoran’s current exhibition Washington Color and Light.  The ArtReach students performed their colorful songs for the community at THEARC Theater and at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.  Back in the studio, the students created original album covers and took home a recording of their performance.