Recent News on Fillmore Arts Center Video related to Fillmore
Link to column is here, http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/caught-red-handed-shouldnt-pedestrians-follow-the-dont-walk-signs/2014/09/29/83194292-47e3-11e4-a046-120a8a855cca_story.html
On Saturday, hundreds of people flocked to the Fillmore Arts Center in Georgetown. It sounds like a place Janis Joplin or Jimi Hendrix would have headlined in the ’60s, but, in fact, it’s a little jewel on the third floor of Hardy Middle School that this year turned 40.
In 1974, neighborhood parents, concerned that the arts were suffering in D.C. schools, lobbied to transform the empty Fillmore Elementary into a place for theater, painting, dance, music and more. Today, about 1,400 elementary school students from five schools each week spend a half-hour at Fillmore [Note: Mr. Kelly got this part wrong.], now located in Hardy. This is possible because the schools have pooled their arts positions — and because of support from the D.C. public school system and the PTAs, volunteers and donors who are invested in the program.
The Fillmore boasts some professionals among is former students and teachers — the tap-dancing Manzari Brothers; Michael Cotter and Judith Cayo Cotter, founders of Blue Sky Puppet Theatre — but, said Fillmore director Maggie Meenehan, “that’s really not our focus, to make little artists. Our focus is to give them a broad spectrum experience with the arts so they can find something they can use for the rest of their lives.”
Happy birthday, Fillmore.
- September 24: Fillmore festival to celebrate 40th anniversary, The Northwest Current
- September 24: Up & Coming Section, mention of event in hard copy, The Georgetowner
- September 8: Fillmore Arts Center Celebrates 40 Years Sept. 27, The Georgetown Dish
- August 20: Campers’ New Mural Honors Jelleff History, The Northwest Current
- June 29: Fillmore Arts Camp: Consistent Dedication Across Generations, The Georgetown Dish
June 2013: Announcement from DCPS Chancellor Henderson about restoration of Fillmore Arts Center’s budget.
“In the case of Fillmore, the small amount budgeted was well spent and provides solid results to students, and to parents who attend dance recitals or see the artwork students bring home,” Cheh and Evans said in a joint statement.
- July 3: City Restores Fillmore Arts Funding, The Northwest Current
- July 3: Fillmore School Funds Restored, The Georgetowner
- July 1: Fillmore School Funds Refilled, The Georgetowner
- June 27: Chancellor Restores Funding to Fillmore Arts Center, Georgetown Patch
- May 20: D.C. Parents Fight Cuts to Fillmore Arts Center, The Washington Post
- May 17: Parents Call Out Chancellor Over Reduced Arts Funding, Georgetown Patch
- May 15: Letter to the Editor, The Northwest Current (see page 9)
- May 8: Chancellor Rebuffs Plea to Reverse Fillmore Cuts, The Northwest Current/The Georgetown Dish
- April 26: Brother Ah: A lifetime of jazz on local radio, The Washington Post (about a Fillmore Arts Center teacher)
- April 10: Fillmore Arts Center Faces Cuts, The Georgetowner
- March 30: D.C. Parents Fight Arts Budget Cuts, The Washington Examiner
- March 27: Fillmore Backers Decry Impact of Budget Cuts, The Northwest Current/The Georgetown Dish
- March 26: DCPS Budget Cuts to Fillmore Arts Affects Ross, Garrison Students, Borderstan Blog
- March 23: Fillmore Arts Center Faces Funding Cuts, Georgetown Patch
Teacher Spotlight from NBC Channel 4
Student-made video about Fillmore Arts Center and how it works