Dancing and Meeting in Washington, DC

by Rima Dael, CDSS Executive Director, Thursday, August 9

(see Robin’s blog for part 2)

Hello from the D.C. area! Robin Hayden, Director of Development, and I are here to meet with strategic partners, funders, donors, members, and to dance!

On Wednesday night, we had a delightful time at the Glen Echo English country dance in the Town Hall on top of the Post Office. The dance featured recent CDSS board president Bruce Hamilton (Menlo Park, CA), calling to the music of Becky Ross (fiddle), Anna Rain (recorders), and Melissa Running (piano). It was great to see current board member Carol Marsh, and meet many, many new friends, some who I will see again at Timber Ridge on Sunday. Many thanks to Stephanie Smith and Will Strang who are dance coordinators and our hosts on this trip!

In D.C. we met with Barry Bergey, Director of Folk and Traditional Arts, and Bill Mansfield, Folk and Traditional Specialist, at the National Endowment for the Arts. It was a good meeting to understand their funding process and what they look for in quality grants. Then we went off to meet CDSS member Sharon McKinley, at the Library of Congress, who graciously toured us around the Jefferson Building. Check out the above photo of the marble mosaic of Minerva by Elihu Vedder. (While marveling at Minerva, I also took the picture of Robin and Sharon, below.) After the breath-taking whirlwind tour (we saw a Guttenberg Bible and amazing tile work!), we met with Betsy Peterson, Director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, Jennifer Cutting, Folklife Specialist, and Thea Austen, Public Events Coordinator, to talk about potential collaborative projects for the Centennial.

It was an invigorating day filled with lots of brainstorming and strategizing on multiple possibilities. And tomorrow, more meetings and dancing!

2 thoughts on “Dancing and Meeting in Washington, DC

  1. Nancy

    Lovely and interesting to read about this trip. Such much to explore and consider. I’m enjoying these blogs.

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