When Dreams Emerge: A Dreaming Out Loud Celebration and Fundraiser at Busboys & Poets Tomorrow

Join us for When Dreams Emerge: A Dreaming Out Loud Celebration and Fundraiser on Tuesday December 7th from 6-8pm at Busboys and Poets (14th and V). The occasion will applaud successes over the past year and serve as a commitment to continue our efforts in creating the inclusive and vibrant community we all envision. Busboys and Poets – the District’s hub for social justice, arts and progressive conversation – will serve as hosts for this fundraiser and documentary screening. The host will be Justine Love from WPGC 95.5 with a performance by Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon and keynote speaker Dr. Greg Carr, Chair of Howard University’s African-American Studies Department.

You will see the impact the organization has made on the District’s youth in the debut of the short documentary called Project Dream Green: A Youth Environmental Revolution. This film tells the story of Project Dream Green, a youth-centered environmental learning and work experience designed by Dreaming Out Loud and Groundwork Anacostia River DC.

During the summer of 2010 these organizations hosted 72 youth participants ages 14-21 who worked throughout Ward 7 in Washington, DC to improve their community, the environment and themselves. The film moves swiftly through some of the District’s most striking scenic gifts including the Botanic Gardens and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens giving the audience a glimpse of some of the treasures we must preserve.

The Executive Directors — Chris Bradshaw and Dennis Chestnut — serve as the guiding voices of the documentary as they describe the mission of the two partner organizations, the dynamics of the partnership and their vision for the future of Project Dream Green.

The theme of the night, “When Dreams Emerge,” stems from their motto, “When Dreams Emerge, Communities Arise!” This philosophy is firmly rooted in the recognition that when one realizes their dream, success is no longer limited to that individual; rather it serves as the impetus for the progression of the entire community.

Your participation will make a difference in so many lives! Over the past two years the organization has grown from just a dream to an organization leading the way in impacting young peoples’ lives and developing the youth changemakers that will help to transform the District.

For tickets, visit this link:

$15.00 — General Admission – come enjoy the show, the speaker and the food.

$30.00 — Supporters- will receive complimentary food and a premium Dreaming Out Loud t-shirt. This contribution will help provide art supplies for one student for one year.

$50.00 — Contributors – will receive complimentary food a premium Dreaming Out Loud t-shirt and water bottle. This contribution will help provide art and classroom supplies for one student for one year.

$100.00 Patrons — will receive complimentary food along with a premium Dreaming Out Loud t-shirt, water bottle and earth-friendly tote bag. This contribution will help provide gardening supplies for one student for one year.

If you can’t make it, you can still contribute: Donate Now!

Charity Spotlight: VSA DC invites you to “A Common Thread”

A Common Thread – we are all connected.

Similar to the threads of a woven piece of cloth, we are all not the same, but together we create a beautiful tapestry that becomes stronger when we work together.

Please join us for an event celebrating our family and friends!

VSA, DC invites families, friends and supporters to an evening of artwork, food, and fun! This summer’s celebratory event is called A Common Thread (Family and Friends). The gallery opening art show will consist of portraits, pictures, graphics, and a live performance by the ARTticulate students, followed by a dinner, award ceremony and live music from local band X-Factor in the evening. The following is a timeline of events:

AUGUST 5th, 2010 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

5:30pm – Gallery Opening for the public and invitees (appetizers and beverages to be served)

6:30pm – Live performance by the ARTiculate students

7:15pm – Student Award Ceremony

7:15pm – 9:00 pm – Dinner, dancing and fun!

We hope you will be able to celebrate with us! Please RSVP no later than July 30, 2010 to: Jackie Lucas, (202) 296-9100 ex.244, jlucas@wvsarts.org

VSA Washington DC is a unique non-profit organization providing multiple creative environments, opportunities, and experiences for children and adults through arts-infused educational and vocational programs. Visit wvsarts.org for more information.