MISSION AND VISION
Carpe Diem Arts' mission is to present multi-generational and multi-cultural community events and arts outreach activities in Montgomery County and the greater DC area, and on Maryland's Eastern Shore, creating opportunities for people of all ages and walks of life to participate in the visual, literary and performing arts.
We believe in the ability of the arts and humanities to transcend differences; to energize and empower communities; and to provide important outlets for creative expression, unlocking human potential and building hope and harmony across the divides.
Through innovative partnerships, we achieve our dual purpose of impacting diverse and under-served schools and communities while also supporting the livelihoods of master teaching and performing artists, representing a broad range of cultures and traditions: Bringing the Arts to Life! -- in ways that matter and make a difference.
1) Ukes on the Move! Bringing the joy of music-making and song-writing via the Ukulele! -- to elementary and middle school students, adults and seniors
2) Jump Start with the Arts! Integrating the arts in early childhood education: facilitating classroom visits, teacher/parent workshops, and public performances
3) Youth ArtBeat after-school programs
- ACE (African Arts, Culture & Education) Academy after-school program in partnership with Montgomery County Collaboration Council, African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation (AIRF), Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC), and Sharp Insights, Inc. -- with funds provided by a 21st Century Learning Grant administered by the Maryland State Department of Education -- at two high rise housing communities: Essex House (Takoma Park, MD) and Park Montgomery (Silver Spring, MD)
- Wheaton Cultural Project in collaboration with Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP) at the Pembridge-Amherst apartment complex (Wheaton, MD). Funding provided by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and from individual donations
4) Centered on Arts -- a partnership with Montgomery County Department of Recreation, integrating the arts in recreational programming for children, adults and seniors
6) Monthly Community Family Sing in Silver Spring in partnership with the Washington Revels (21st of every month)
7) Silver Spring Dance (2nd Thursdays in the Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building) -- in partnership with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW) and Washington Revels, with sponsorship support from the Montgomery County Department of Recreation as part of the BE ACTIVE MONTGOMERY initiative
8) Community ArtReach: Bringing the visual, literary and performing arts to immigrant communities and low-income housing developments and apartment complexes, with a primary focus on positive youth development and parent engagement
9) ArtsToYou e-calendar for Silver Spring/Takoma Park and DC area -- and for Maryland's Eastern Shore -- A bi-weekly posting of recommended arts events and activities, with the goal of promoting and supporting area arts presenters and artists
10) Co-sponsorship of bi-monthly Write Night @ Seekers in Takoma, DC in collaboration with Free Minds Book Club and Project Youth ArtReach c/o Artivate, with funding support from the Takoma Foundation -- "empowering young inmates to write new chapters in their lives"
|CARPE DIEM ARTS-on-the-Shore is housed under the umbrella of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Tax-deductible donations can be made at www.mscf.org by earmarking support for the Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund for Talbot County. We are seeking funds to help underwrite the cost of bringing arts programs to schools, special needs facilities, senior centers, and correctional facilities on the Eastern Shore. Other activities include the facilitation of arts enrichment activities and residencies in-school and after-school, the launching of the “Jump Start with the Arts” initiative focused on arts integration in early childhood education, the hosting of summer arts camps and retreats, and other community arts outreach projects, as well as numerous public performance series.|