To facilitate arts enrichment activities (workshops, master classes, residencies, after-school programs) for all ages and levels of ability, with both local and visiting artists – in the visual, literary and performing arts -- representing a broad range of cultural traditions and artistic disciplines;
To produce concerts and special events;
To organize single and multi-day engagements with artists, taking advantage of block-booking and travel discounts, while also providing artists with an opportunity to work with diverse audiences: elementary, middle and high school students and teachers, special needs populations, at-risk youth, and seniors – culminating in public performances wherever possible, with community participation;
To expand the UKES ON THE MOVE project, teaching the ukulele in 5 one-hour sessions -- targeting 4th-5th graders, seniors, plus community groups;
To host community dances with live music and dance callers (contra, circle, squares, 2nd Thursday in Silver Spring Great Hall -- soon to be revived also on the Eastern Shore). Future expansion goals include Swing and Ballroom Dancing, Salsa, African and Caribbean Dance, Cajun and Zydeco; Ceilidhs and English Country Dancing, and percussive dance;
To host community sings in partnership with Washington Revels (21st of every month);
To produce choral arts residency projects with master composers and recording artists working with school and community choirs, culminating in major public performances -- as well as a monthly community sing, with guest artists/song leaders;
To provide summer arts camp experiences and after-school programs for children and youth; including the Youth ArtBeat project in partnership with the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation; and the Carpe Diem French Immersion and Spanish Immersion Arts Camps;
To facilitate weekend retreats for adults and families, with opportunities to work closely with professional teaching artists;
To expand the “JUMP START WITH THE ARTS” initiative in partnership with Class Acts Arts -- promoting and facilitating the integration of the arts in early childhood education, while also providing opportunities for preschool teachers to train with master teaching artists in how to incorporate the arts into their everyday classroom activities;
To co-present the Jump Start Family Fun Night Out @ El Golfo -- in partnership with Class Acts Arts and Silver Spring Day School (proceeds benefit SSDS and outreach to low-income preschool programs in Montgomery County);
To bring the “HOOP AND HOLLER FOR HEALTH” project into area schools, educating children about the importance of health and nutrition, physical fitness and exercise, with the goal of reducing the dramatic rise in obesity, diabetes and other associated diseases, and mounting healthcare costs. The project involves outstanding professional teaching artists: musicians, dancers, storytellers, theater companies with dynamic and engaging programs to convey the “Let’s Move” message (www.LetsMove.gov), and "Be Active Montgomery" (www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/bam/) along with nutrition workshops, cooking classes, and school garden projects.
To partner with other area non-profits to produce fundraising events, showcases, festivals, summer arts institutes, and other cultural offerings ~ celebrating the arts and building strong living-learning communities;
To host artist retreats on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and organize an informal network of property owners willing to share their guest houses with artists seeking opportunities to create new work.