Meet the Artists: The Power of Storytelling

Meet two inspiring grantees who are performing at our Celebration of Philanthropy on March 16th – learn how they’re making our community stronger, one poem and one story at a time.


Free Minds Book Club: Voices for Change 

Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken DC youth incarcerated as adults to their own potential. Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these young poets achieve their education and career goals, and become powerful voices for change in the community.

Video developed by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region on the occasion of the Linowes Leadership Award for unsung heroes conferred upon Tara Libert. Performance by Lamont Carey courtesy of Lamont Carey Entertainment.

Higher Achievement: Literary Love Poetry

Every year middle school students in an after-school program in the District study poetry and then write their own love poems. The young poets have written about their love for video games, cheese, football, first crushes, and often, for their moms. At our event, you’ll hear poetry from a group of scholars, including Paul S.!
Paul is a 6th grade scholar at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy-Parkside Campus. Paul is a talented scholar who loves to engage in various creative pursuits; from writing and sharing thoughtful poetry, to practicing magic tricks learned from watching YouTube videos, Paul enjoys the thrills of entertaining others. Beyond his love for entertainment, Paul aspires to own his own business one day so that he can make money and create opportunities for others.

Monday, March 16, 2015

5:30 PM  – 9:30 PM

The Mead Center for American Theater | Home of the Arena Stage
1101 Sixth Street SW | Washington DC | 20024

$90 – Emerging Philanthropist (Nonprofit Affiliation/Young Professional)
$150 – General Admission