(Washington, DC)—The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative held its first annual celebration and benefit at the Embassy of France, on Friday, April 8 and awarded the first annual Spirited Leadership Award to The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. The event was hosted by the Embassy of France’s Charge d’Affaires, Francois Rivasseau, and featured live performances by the DC Youth Orchestra. NBC4’s Wendy Rieger emceed the event and Bob Levey, longtime Washington Post columnist, served as the evening’s guest auctioneer.
As one of the area’s leading foundations for arts grants, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation has an unparalleled record of leadership and support in making arts and humanities opportunities available to DC students and residents. “There is no more fitting honoree for its first annual award than The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation which has provided so much support and leadership over the years in the area of arts and humanities education,” said the DC Collaborative President Jeff Travers who presented the award to Calvin Cafritz who accepted it on behalf of the Foundation.
The event celebrated the important work of the DC Collaborative’s 60 members who provide arts and humanities education and experiences to DC public and public charter school children. Among its many programs, the DC Collaborative provides more than 30,000 student trips to member events.
The event raised funds through silent and live auction items, a matching Fund-a-Need gift fund, 225 attendees, and a number of generous corporate sponsors.
“Arts and humanities education is critical to lifelong learning and to the healthy development of the whole child and it is central to the project of improving education today. There is no better city than DC to provide quality arts and humanities education, thanks to our significant cultural institutions and cultural resources,” said Lousie Kennelly, DC Collaborative’s Executive Director.
Event Co-Chairs: Jade Floyd and Gina Sacripanti
Event Honorary Committee: Anne Ashmore-Hudson, Rhona Wolfe Friedman, Philippa Hughes, Kay Kendall, Ora Nwabueze, Judith Terra, George Vradenburg
About the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:
Sixty members strong, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (DC Collaborative) provides equitable access to quality arts and humanities education for all DC public and chartered public schools for the growth of the whole child. Working with its partners, since its founding in 1998, the DC Collaborative produces such exemplary programs as Arts for Every Student and the Arts Education Initiative.