NEWS & VIEWS I April 2017                                                                 View This Email in Your Browser

AHCMC Welcomes New Communications and Public Relations Manager

Courtney Davis, a communications and public relations professional with a background in musical 
theatre, recently joined AHCMC as the communications and public relations manager. Courtney joins AHCMC after nine years as the marketing manager at TROIKA Entertainment, where she managed the marketing and public relations for Broadway touring musicals such as Cats, Bring It On: The Musical and Sister Act: The Musical. To learn more about Courtney and what led her to the arts field, click here.

Americans for the Arts 30th Annual
Nancy Hanks Lecture

Americans for the Arts presented the 30th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy on Monday, March 20, in the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This year's lecture was delivered by Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, with opening remarks by Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch, formal introductions and a Q&A by Studio Museum Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden, and a special performance by the incomparable artist Anna Deavere Smith. To listen to the lecture, click here

Penguin Rush Hour Returns

On Wednesday, March 29, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC), Metro, and Montgomery County gathered to celebrate the installation of an old friend, Penguin Rush Hour, a public art mural outside of the Silver Spring Metro Station. The 100-foot mural, designed by Sally Callmer Thompson, is a whimsical depiction of penguin commuters rushing through the Metro transit. The mural was the result of a 1989 design competition sponsored by Metro to create a temporary mural near the Red Line station. See more moments from the return of the penguins here.
MCDEP partners with DC Environment Film Festival 
Julie Madden named MSAC Interim Executive Director
Penguins Officially Return to Silver Spring
After long migration the penguins have returned to Silver Spring
In new presidential exhibits, slavery takes center stage 
County Ranks Highest in Health Ratings in Maryland
Off to the Opera: Animals from Potomac make it big in NYC 
What to Expect During Kensington's Day of the Book Festival

Jazz Appreciation Month

The month of April brings warm weather, flowers, and a host of activities celebrating jazz. In 2002, The National Museum of American History created Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as “JAM”) to celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. This year is the centennial of jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald, so it is only fitting that this month JAM will celebrate women in jazz. From traditional female vocalists to arrangers, women continue to contribute to the history and future of jazz. For more information on JAM and a schedule of events, click here.

Poetry Out Loud Nationals

Watch state champions from high schools across the country compete for the Poetry Out Loud national title, April 25-26. The semi-finals and finals will be held at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. You can also watch online via a live webcast. For the full schedule of events, click here.

Dear Colleagues, 

Advocating for the arts and humanities often involves writing your council members, calling your senators, or educating your peers, but in addition to these things, I’d like to propose today that we also go back to basics. Today, I ask you to visit your local library, find a performance you and a loved one would enjoy, or share an arts or humanities-focused article with a friend or colleague.
An easy way to find some of the most interesting cultural happenings and creative voices in our 
county is with AHCMC’s online resource, highlights what makes our county one of the most vibrant places to live in the country. From local events, performances, and activities to the weekly Culture Spotlight newsletter, offers arts and humanities enthusiasts a first-hand look at Montgomery County’s creative community. Working with independent local arts journalists to produce fun, engaging, and inspiring pieces that are independently written and edited, takes us behind-the-scenes and inside the studios of our biggest performances, most intriguing individuals, and most interesting cultural organizations. I urge you to explore the site and experience something extraordinary in your own neighborhood.

In a time when questions about public funding for the arts, the humanities and the media abound, it’s important to remember why we do what we do.
Now go out and reconnect with the arts and humanities events, people, and 
organizations that comprise our collective local cultural expression. Happy Spring!

Suzan Jenkins,

Can Programs That Help the Military Save the Federal Arts Agencies via The New York Times

The Real Cost of Abolishing the National Endowment for the Arts via The Atlantic

Advice for Arts Advocates Everywhere via American for the ArtsBlog 

The arts aren't a special interest. They're a national interest via The Hill 

Supporting the arts is an act of good citizenship via the Los Angeles Times

Tech Start-Ups Have Become Conceptual Art: An edible drone doesn't need to feed the starving to do its job via The Atlantic

How philosophy came to disdain the wisdom of oral cultures via Aeon

Dialogues on the Arts via The New York Times

Classical Radio Workforce Report via Station Resource Group

Creating Change through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development via PolicyLink
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