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The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Congratulates the Washington Performing Arts Society for Receiving National Medal of Arts

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Congratulates the Washington Performing Arts Society for Receiving National Medal of Arts

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The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) congratulates the Washington Performing Arts Society for receiving the National Medal of Arts. Last week, the White House and the National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2012 winners, which includes the Washington Performing Arts Society. The National Medal for the Arts is this country’s highest national award for artists and supporters of the arts.

“The Washington Performing Arts Society is one of the leading arts presenters in the nation,” says Judith Terra, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “This great honor reflects the Washington Performing Arts Society’s significant contributions to the District’s community through performance and education. Washington, DC is a world class arts destination due to the contributions of the Washington Performing Arts Society and other local organizations.”

“The Washington Performing Arts Society exemplifies the vision Mayor Gray has created for One City. The organization is a national gem that attracts District residents who enjoy the vibrant, multicultural city," says Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “In addition to presenting world-class artists, the Washington Performing Arts Society runs camps for young people. The organization develops the future District artists and maintains the thriving arts community.”

About the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia.

The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.