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Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus

Building Bridges Across the River 2008 Annual Report

“You can find it all at THEARC. THEARC has changed our community, giving our children endless opportunities that did not exist before.” —Ward 8 Resident and Parent

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Message from Our Leadership 2008 Photo Highlights Mission, History & 2008 Accomplishments Partner Organizations Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Children’s National Medical Center: Children’s Health Project of DC Corcoran Gallery of Art: Corcoran ArtReach Covenant House Washington Levine School of Music Parklands Community Center Trinity Washington University The Washington Ballet Washington Middle School for Girls Non-Resident Partners: Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia Training Grounds, Inc. Washington School of Psychiatry

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THEARC Membership Project: Early Results 2008 Financial Report 2008 Board of Directors 2008 Donors

Message from Our Leadership Thank you to our partners, supporters, donors and volunteers who are committed to Building Bridges Across the River’s mission of leading the Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus (THEARC) to offer high quality and accessible cultural, health, educational and social services to the residents of southeast Washington, DC, and to build bridges across communities. We are pleased to share with you our 2008 accomplishments. Nobel Laureate James Heckman wrote “Investing in disadvantaged young children… reduces the inequality associated with the accident of birth and at the same time raises the productivity of society at large.” We couldn’t have said it better; all people deserve access to the services necessary for a successful and productive life. Washington, DC’s young people are the future leaders of our great city and Building Bridges Across the River is determined that the youth of southeast DC will have the skills and the self esteem necessary to achieve their dreams. Programs offered by THEARC’s resident partners were attended by more than 50,000 children, youth and adults in 2008. Our roster of resident partners is impressive: dance classes and events from The Washington Ballet; music education and events from the Levine School of Music; museum-based art classes and an art gallery provided by The Corcoran Gallery of Art; educational programs from the Washington Middle School for Girls and Trinity Washington University; social services provided by Covenant House Washington, Parklands Community Center and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. In addition, the Children’s Health Project (CHP) of DC offers an on-site pediatric clinic and mobile medical and dental units at THEARC that served more than 4,000 patients in 2008. In fact, CHP of DC at THEARC is now the medical home for all of the children in the District of Columbia Foster Care System. THEARC Theater —the only theater of any kind located east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC—- held more than 300 events in 2008 which were attended by more than 45,000 people. These events included music, dance, stage and visual arts recitals and productions, community gatherings and town hall meetings. THEARC Theater has been visited by President Barack Obama, music producer Quincy Jones, Astronaut Leland Melvin, and performance artist Yoko Ono.


A milestone achievement for Building Bridges Across the River in 2008 was implementing a web-based constituent tracking system. All customers of THEARC programs are now asked to sign in and out daily, using photo ID cards and electronic scanners. This new system offers security for our users, and also enables Building Bridges Across the River to track who is using THEARC so we can measure our success and strategically plan our future. Thank you for all you helped us achieve in 2008. Our success is possible only because of the support of our partners and benefactors. With your commitment, we will continue to revitalize the southeast DC community one young person’s dreams at a time. With Warm Regards,

Edmund Fleet

W. Christopher Smith, Jr.

Executive Director

Chairman of the Board

Building Bridges Across the River

Building Bridges Across the River


2008 Photo Highlights

In 2008, THEARC’s Children’s Health Project of DC became the medical home for all children in the District of Columbia foster care system; “Hope is found here at THEARC, where you’ve provided thousands of children with shelter from the streets and a home away from home.” —President Barack Obama Speech on Urban Poverty at the THEARC Theater. Photo: Brooks Kraft


The Third Annual Black History Month at THEARC was held in THEARC Theater in February 2008. Programming included performances of "Junkanoo" by community arts group Art Creates Life; a concert by the Ballou High School Choir and Concert Band; and several productions of community artist Roz Harris performing in her one-woman show: "Pearl Bailey… By Request"; Mary Gregory, resident of Ward 8, registers as the first THEARC Member on September 3, 2008. BBAR launched a web-based constituent tracking system on this date.

With support from “The Arts Fund at THEARC”, a principal supporter of which is the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation, the third annual Community Arts Day at THEARC was offered in November 2008. This free day of arts programming, including printmaking, dance previews, a musical instrument “petting zoo” and a live performance in THEARC Theater, drew more than 400 guests to THEARC.; The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) partnered with the Levine School of Music, The Washington Ballet, Corcoran ArtReach and Building Bridges Across the River to offer a free community arts festival in January 2008, including a full performance of the NSO in THEARC Theater.

More than 50 students from The Washington Ballet at THEARC performed alongside the professional Washington Ballet dance company in Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker in THEARC Theate, December 4-6, 2008.; Covenant House Washington celebrated the first anniversary of its Child Development Center in May 2008. The Center has earned a Silver rating from DC's Quality Rating System and is currently working toward accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


Building Bridges Across the River MISSION, HISTORY & 2008 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Incorporated in 1997 by William C. Smith & Co, Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR) is the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that raised the funds to build THEARC (via a $27 million capital campaign), oversaw THEARC’s construction and secured THEARC’s partners. Funds to build THEARC were contributed by foundations, corporations, individuals and the District of Columbia. Since THEARC opened its doors in 2005, the mission of Building Bridges Across the River has evolved to become leading THEARC collaborative of nonprofit organizations to provide high quality and affordable educational, health, cultural and social programs to children and families living east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC and to build bridges across communities. Because of the central role it plays with THEARC collaboration, BBAR is often described as “the hub of the wheel,” with BBAR’s partner agencies serving as spokes. BBAR serves as the managing partner of the program providers at THEARC, organizing and leading regular meetings between the staff members and principals of all THEARC’s partners, co-sponsoring events and programs offered by THEARC’s agencies, and fostering collaboration among all of THEARC’s partner agencies. With more than 100 staff working on-site at THEARC in its various partner agencies on a daily basis and several hundred organizations accessing THEARC to offer programs annuallly, BBAR plays a critical role in leading and organizing this diverse group of service providers to best ensure that the needs of the community are understood and met. BBAR is also THEARC’s liaison to its community, conducting outreach and disseminating information about all of the services and programs offered at THEARC. BBAR organizes community town hall meetings for interested residents, networks with the leadership of other Ward 8 community organizations and actively reaches out the community to encourage participation at THEARC. One example of an important collaborative project where BBAR’s leadership role was demonstrated in 2008 is the new THEARC Membership Program. Because of the generous support of the Lois and Richard England Family Foundation and The Philanthropic Collaborative, BBAR was able to lead the process to select and install a tracking system for all users of THEARC. This system was launched on September 3, 2008. As of this date, all users of THEARC’s programs are now asked to sign up as THEARC members and use photo ID cards to scan in and out when they use THEARC’s services. Each “member” of THEARC (membership is free and voluntary) completes a membership form that asks for demographic and customer needs data and is given a photo ID membership card that can be electronically scanned. Gathering data about THEARC’s users is critical for security at THEARC, as well as long term planning, customer feedback tracking, results measurement,


and funding needs. Highlights from our first quarter of membership are included within pages 22-31 of this report. BBAR is also responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the facilities at THEARC, including the grounds, public garden, parking lots, playgrounds, THEARC Theater, lobby, restrooms, hallways, stairways, elevator, state-of-the-art rain garden, and THEARC’s Community Meeting Room. All of these spaces are used regularly by THEARC-based program provider agencies and THEARC’s children, youth and adult clients, as well as outside groups interested in serving the community. BBAR’s management of THEARC Theater— the only theater of any kind located east of the Anacostia River in Washington—is an important role for THEARC collaborative. THEARC Theater, which stands prominently in the front and center of THEARC’s 110,000 square foot campus, is a state-of-the-art theater, which is steadily booked for events such as professional dance performances, recitals, professional theater (stage) productions, concerts, master classes, community movie days and sing-alongs, art shows, graduations, and meetings of community organizations. THEARC Theater hosted more than 300 events in 2008, all of which were managed by BBAR’s theater manager and staff. The nonprofit agencies in residence at THEARC receive first priority, free access to THEARC Theater, enabling these organizations to offer events to the community at little or no cost. Community groups and other outside organizations are also able to lease THEARC Theater at lower than normal market rates. BBAR also leads the fundraising for common operating costs for THEARC facility, including

THEARC Theater Manager Robin Harris with youth from a community school at an event in THEARC Theater

expenses such as utilities, supplies, landscaping and trash removal. BBAR is currently leading the One in a Million Campaign for THEARC, a grassroots endowment campaign designed to create a $10 million endowment for THEARC so the nonprofit agencies based at THEARC can be freed of the burden of these expenses (each agency in residence at THEARC currently pays its pro-rata share of these annual costs to operate THEARC facility, based on each agency’s share of the total space at THEARC). To date, BBAR has raised nearly $3 million on behalf of THEARC collaborative, including a $2 million appropriation from the District of Columbia.


Building Bridges Across the River also coordinates the Arts Fund at THEARC, a program that solicits funding in order to foster collaborative arts activities at THEARC and expand opportunities in the arts for the community, including dance, music and visual art. With BBAR as THEARC’s managing partner, its nonprofit partner agencies collaborate at THEARC to offer programming for youth and families. Programs at THEARC are either free or heavily subsidized in order to meet the needs of the surrounding at-risk community. In total, BBAR and its partners delivered more than $14 million worth of services in 2008.

THEARC Theater

BBAR’s partner nonprofit agencies based at THEARC are: ■

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Children’s National Medical Center: Children’s Health Project (CHP) of DC

The Corcoran Gallery of Art: Corcoran ArtReach


Covenant House Washington

Levine School of Music

Parklands Community Center

The Washington Ballet

Trinity Washington University

Washington Middle School for Girls

Non-Resident Partners: ■

Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

Training Grounds, Inc.

Washington School of Psychiatry

Building Bridges Across the River‘s work to establish and manage THEARC has earned a number of honors, including in 2005: The Committee of 100 on the

Demetrius Cole, Building Bridges Across the River Part-Time Sound Technician in THEARC Theater

Federal City awarded THEARC its “Vision Award”; The Washington Business Journal awarded THEARC its

Demetrius is a part-time sound technician at THEARC

“Community Impact” Award; and Edgewood

Theater and just turned 18. He lives with his mother,

Community Services recognized BBAR with its

stepfather, five sisters and one brother in southeast DC.

“Community Involvement Award”.

“Dee” loves music – particularly gospel and R&B – and dreams of a career as a professional theater technical

BBAR founder W. Christopher Smith, Jr. has received a

director. His story is emblematic of so many who visit and

number of awards for establishing BBAR and building

participate in the programs and services of THEARC.

THEARC, including: The Washington Urban League’s

During a school field trip to THEARC two years ago,

“Whitney Young Award for Community Service”; The

Dee participated in a multi-media educational seminar

Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA)

taught at THEARC Theater. At the seminar Dee was the

“Sidney Glassman Award for Community Service”;

only person to take up the offer of THEARC Theater’s

Washingtonian Magazine’s “Washingtonian of the Year

technical director – to be mentored in theater

for 2006 Award”; and “The Mayor’s Arts Award for

technical management.

2008” from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

As an intern at THEARC Theater, Dee learned how to set up sound systems and mix the set-up with different

In 2007, the Urban Land Institute named THEARC as

instruments for various bands. At live concerts he learned

the recipient of its prestigious “Award for Excellence”.

how to use different microphones for different

The award recognized the full development process of

instruments, mix sounds together, adjust sound equaliz-

THEARC—construction, economic viability, marketing,

ers during concerts and record music to CDs. “It’s hard to

and management—as well as design.

record to a CD, as you must capture each instrument”, says Dee when asked about the challenges of his role. After his graduation, Dee was offered employment at THEARC Theater as a production assistant by Building Bridges Across the River.

In 2008, Building Bridges Across the River was

This success encouraged Dee to apply to The Art Institute

selected for the 2008-2009 Catalogue of Philanthropy

of Washington and work toward an audio production

for Greater Washington, DC as “one of Washington,

degree. Sadly, after one semester he had to drop out due

DC’s best small charities.”

to financial problems. Dee still dreams of pursuing a career as a sound technician and is saving his earnings from his new paid position at THEARC so he can resume his studies.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington The FBR (Friedman, Billings, Ramsey) Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington at THEARC offers a wide range of programs and activities to help youth of all backgrounds develop character and Joshua Carter, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington at THEARC, 2008-2009 Boys & Girls Clubs National Money Matters Ambassador

acquire the skills necessary to become responsible, civic-minded adults. The staff works to engage Club members in fun and enjoyable activities while supporting each member’s individual development.

Growing up in a single-parent family of four, Joshua

Year-round after-school and summer camp

Carter always knew that money was tight and that he

programming is offered at The Boys & Girls Club facility

would need to find financial assistance to help him pay

at THEARC, which is complete with a regulation sized

for college. But it wasn’t until he participated in Boys &

gym, a game room, a state-of-the-art computer lab and

Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA’s) Money Matters: Make it

a teen center study lounge.

CountSM program that he began to understand how to make smart financial decisions to help him reach his

In 2008, The Boys & Girls Club at THEARC:

educational goals. “Having strong money management

Successfully ran 22 programs and 1 summer camp for ages 5-18.

skills will make college life easier,” says Carter, a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington at THEARC

Registered a total of 1,016 members.

since 2005.

Worked collaboratively with the other THEARC partners to conduct programming for the communi-

Money Matters taught him how to save money by limiting

ty, including fitness sessions for students at the

his spending on clothes and entertainment. Instead, he

Washington Middle School for Girls, graduation and

has focused on the bigger picture by saving money to

awards programs for Boys & Girls Clubs members in

invest in long-term goals. Since taking Money Matters,

THEARC Theater, a community yoga event with The

Carter has also opened both savings and checking

Washington Ballet, and Boys & Girls Club Smart


Girls programming with the Levine School of Music. ■

Carter was selected from among 20 winners of college

Earned the regional and national awards for the character and leadership program, Keystone Club.

scholarships funded by Charles Schwab Foundation to receive a special $5,000 scholarship and the honor of being named BGCA’s first-ever National Money Matters Ambassador. Carter used his scholarship to enter the University of Pittsburgh in the fall of 2008 to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Youth gather around a computer in the Intel Computer Clubhouse at the Boys & Girls Club FBR Branch at THEARC; Youth playing basketball at the Boys & Girls Club gym at THEARC


Children’s National Medical Center: Children’s Health Project of DC The Children’s Health Project of DC (CHPDC), founded in 1992, is comprised of comprehensive pediatric mobile medical and dental clinics serving children ages 0 to 21 years of age throughout the District of

LB is a 3-year-old girl who was born to a minor still being

Columbia, including its operations at THEARC.

seen by Children’s Health Project of DC pediatricians for

This program is a unique example of a partnership

her own care. The baby’s father was incarcerated at the

between the local academic hospital, Children’s National

time and the mother had not completed high school and

Medical Center, and the nationally renowned child

was still living with her own mother. For the past year,

healthcare delivery and advocacy organization, the

however, grandma has been incarcerated, leaving LB’s

Children’s Health Fund.

mom to care for not only her, but also her mom’s brother and other sister. LB was brought into Children’s Health

Children’s Health Project of DC’s core services include:

Project of DC pediatric clinic at THEAC when she was

Well Child care

6 months old with a mass over her left eye that had been

Walk-in sick care

present “on and off ” for the previous three weeks.

Management of

Since that time, LB has been followed by

chronic disease

the Mobile Health Programs for well-child


care, sick visits, and immunizations.

Cognitive, behavioral, and psychiatric/

KP is a 2 year old black male that was born

psychological services

prematurely at 34 weeks and whose family

Oral health care

was residing in a Hypothermia homeless

On-call acute services 24

shelter. The patient presented at a clinic at

hours a day,

39 days old with respiratory distress. Since

7 days a week

that time, KP has received care with the

The Children’s Health

Children’s Health Project of DC at THEARC

Mobile Health Programs and was eventually diagnosed with Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome. KP and his

Project also collaborates

family are now living in a comfortable 2 bedroom

with The Washington School of Psychiatry (WSP) via the

transitional apartment, with his mother maintaining

WSP’s Community Outreach Services. CHPDC also part-

steady employment in Northwest DC. KP’s health is

ners with the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

stable and he continues to follow through with all

to offer free legal aid services on-site at THEARC.

appointments. He currently attends a therapeutic daycare center on a daily basis and his family receives

Over 4,000 patients were served by CHPDC at THEARC in

supportive counseling and encouragement.

2008. CHPDC at THEARC is also the medical home for all of the children in the District of Columbia Foster Care System.


The Corcoran Gallery of Art: Corcoran ArtReach “It has been a joy to watch Mia build her grasp of artistic technique and sense of creativity through her participation in this program. This Mashae McKissic, Corcoran ArtReach

was an opportunity that we could never have afforded on our own.” —Rachel K., parent

Art has played a large part in Mashae McKissic’s life. Mashae, age 14, enrolled in Corcoran ArtReach at THEARC

Celebrating its 16th year, Corcoran ArtReach extends

in September 2006and has participated every semester

the resources of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the

since then.

Corcoran College of Art + Design to underserved communities in Washington, D.C. through free high-

“My love for art is tremendous” says Mashae. “By taking

quality arts education programs. Using the Gallery’s

classes in the Corcoran ArtReach program, I’ve learned

collections as a primary resource, ArtReach makes a

that art is not about drawing pictures or arts and crafts.

special effort to foster the creativity and visual literacy

I’ve learned that art is photography, or architecture, or

skills of individuals while helping them develop

making sculptures, etc. In my ArtReach class we studied

meaningful connections between art and their lives.

the work of Ansel Adams which was a great experience because, not only did we get to look at his pieces, we

Serving student artists (ages 8–18) and their families,

learned about his childhood and got to make our own

ArtReach provides visual arts instruction and

photos based on his work and take our own black and

programming, including after-school and summer

white photographs. I learned how to make a value scale

classes, as well as open family workshops. Classes

which was a little challenging, but fun.”

operate year-round and combine art appreciation and art-making into a unique learning experience. Students

In the summer of 2008, Mashae was one of eight

learn to discuss and interpret works of art in the

students awarded a scholarship to attend a full week of

galleries on field trips; experiment with a variety of art

Camp Creativity, the Corcoran’s all-day summer art camp

materials and methods; and, create their own artwork

held at the Corcoran’s campus in the Georgetown

inspired by these experiences. ArtReach participants

neighborhood of Washington, DC. Scholarships were

exhibit their work in the Corcoran Community Gallery

designated to students for outstanding performance and

at THEARC (located in THEARC’s main lobby) each

attendance in their ArtReach classes.

semester and at The Corcoran each spring in an exhibition called Expressions, Art by D.C. Youth.

Mashae would like to someday continue her artistic endeavors as a degree student at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.


Since the inception of the ArtReach partnership at THEARC in 2005, enrollment in the afterschool and summer classes has increased by 75%, reaching a total of 135 students for the school year 2008- 2009. Retention rates have steadily increased to 38% from the fall to spring semesters and the program has experienced an incremental growth in retention over the years. Thirty-three students from the Corcoran ArtReach program at THEARC have received over $17,500 in scholarships to attend The Corcoran’s Camp Creativity program in northwest Washington, DC since 2006. Corcoran ArtReach collaborates with a number of THEARC’s resident partners to offer programming and events to the community, including: ■

Corcoran ArtReach serves as an after-school provider for the Washington Middle School for Girls’ Extended Day Program. This collaboration makes it possible for Washington Middle School for Girls students to take free arts classes from Corcoran ArtReach and earn credit toward graduation during the after-school programming period at the Washington Middle School for Girls. The program has seen consistent enrollment of a minimum of 15 girls per semester.

Arts Day at THEARC, an annual open house community celebration in collaboration with the Levine School of Music, The Washington Ballet & Building Bridges Across the River.


Covenant House Washington Covenant House Washington was established in May 1995 to address widespread problems of homelessness and poverty among teenagers and young adults. As part of Covenant House International – the largest privately funded childcare agency in the Americas – CHW is guided by the principles of Immediacy, Sanctuary, Values, Communication, Structure, and Choice. Two Covenant House Washington (CHW) youth successfully completed the inaugural PNC Bank Teller Training Course. The pilot program was offered by the Goodwill Training and Workforce Division and co-

Covenant House’s Washington DC headquarters are based at THEARC; the organization also has three other locations throughout the greater Washington metropolitan area.

sponsored by a community partnership between Fannie Mae Foundation, Carlos Rosario International School, and PNC Bank. PNC offered to find jobs for every graduate of the two-week training course.

During 2008, Covenant House Washington served 700 youth, including homeless youth, runaways, youth parents needing daycare services, and youth needing skills training and self-esteem building to build more

At 18, Sasha had graduated high school but was no

productive lives.

longer able to handle tensions at home. She needed help finding a job and learning how to live on her own. She found refuge at Covenant House’s Crisis Center and eventually moved into the Transitional Living Program. According to a PNC Branch manager, Sasha has done well. “What really stands out is her positive attitude and her willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.”

Covenant House Washington provided these youth with educational support, including 31 students who completed their GED and 12 who received their high school diplomas; shelter; daycare services at its on-site daycare center; and employment counseling and training, including for 121 youth who gained full-time employment and 61 youth who gained part-time employment. Covenant House Washington also served 5,469 meals to

Fred left home at age 17 due to constant fighting between

youth who otherwise may have gone hungry.

his parents and a hostile relationship with his father. He only came to Covenant House to convince his younger

Covenant House Washington’s services include:

brother to get his GED. However, Fred soon realized that Mobile Outreach Support

Prevention Services

Team (MOST)

Child Development Center

Service Management

Rights of Passage

Residential Services

The Transitional Living

The Crisis Center

Off the Block Artisans

Fathers Matter

he too needed the agency’s assistance to be successful. “I knew that the PNC training that Covenant House offered could be my last chance, so I took it. And now I couldn’t be happier.” Program (TLP) ■

Education and Workforce

Both Fred and Sasha were highly sought after for their Development (EWD)

positions and have celebrated one year of employment with PNC bank.


Levine School of Music

Kai Myree-Lindsay, Alexander Myree-Powell, and Ivory Johnson are cousins; their mothers are sisters. They have

One of the nation’s largest nonprofit community music

excelled in playing the violin and in music education

schools, Levine School of Music offers music education

through attending Levine School at THEARC under the

to students of every age, ability, and background.

instruction of Phyllis Fleming, Levine’s assistant

Course offerings at THEARC include Choral Music,

string chair.

Guitar, Piano, Percussion, Voice, Early Childhood Music and more. Levine faculty and guest artists offer per-

Eight year-old Kai showed

formances and master classes to enrich this curricu-

promise from her very first

lum. Students are eligible to receive a 25-85% discount

lesson. Only four years old at the

based on need.

time, she immediately learned to read music and continues to

Accomplishments for Levine at THEARC in 2008 include: ■

Enrolled approximately 200 students in

excel in every aspect of her development. She is a model student at the Levine School of Music at THEARC.

music classes. ■

In addition to instruction, offered more than 100

Alex is an accomplished violinist

events, including master classes, recitals, concerts

and pianist and is conversant in

and Musicalitea! Events – free performances,

several languages, including

and tea receptions for senior citizens from the

German. He is now a sophomore


scholarship student at DeMatha

Levine School of Music offered a Summer Camp,

High School, where he excels in

Playful Rhythms, in partnership with the

science and math. Having the advantage of early

Washington Performing Arts Society.

instruction, he progressed to an advanced level of study upon his admission to the Levine School of Music. He

Highlights of some of the events Levine at THEARC

participates in numerous benefit performances in

held in 2008 include:

support of THEARC and has won the distinction of a full

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), Boys &

scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the Levine School of Music teamed up to bring the sounds of

Ivory continues to make

the trumpet, tuba, trombone and French horn in a

wonderful progress in his second

musical program for kids of all ages. “Brass of

year of private lessons. He is very

Peace”, conducted by Sylvia Alimena, featured the

proud of his new 3/4 size

DC area’s finest high school musicians trained and

violin—the gift of a generous

mentored by the NSO.

donor. He received a rousing ovation for his performance in the December 2008 recital at Levine at THEARC. He performs all of his solos selections from memory.


Levine, along with its Arts Partners, The Washington Ballet, Corcoran ArtReach and Building Bridges Across the River, hosted the Annual Arts Day at THEARC, at which families from the community enjoyed a free day of arts exploration at THEARC.

In September, African American Astronaut Leland Melvin, and producer/composers Quincy Jones and Pharrell Williams were guests of the Levine School of Music for a community event in THEARC Theater courtesy of NASA.

In December, students showcased their talents and demonstrated their musical progress at the Levine@THEARC Winter Recital.


Parklands Community Center Established in 1980, Parklands Community Center moved its operations to THEARC when the campus opened the doors in 2005. The mission of Parklands Community Center is to improve the quality of life for low-income and disadvantaged families living east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC.

Graduates from the parenting and child rearing workshop held at Parklands Community Center

Parklands Community Center works to achieve its

Parklands Community Center’s “Moving On – A Life

mission primarily by focusing its work on parents and

Changing Program” consists of 28 parents who have

adults. It’s “Moving On – A Life Changing Program”

decided they are ready for changing and improving their

guides parents and adults that are ready for change

lives. The program offers intervention, coaching and

through a transformational system that’s designed to

training to raise parents’ awareness of how their attitude

assist them in understanding their abilities to succeed;

and behavior affects their parenting skills and their desire

making effective decisions;

to live a happy and productive

improving their self-discipline;

lifestyle. Transformation

becoming self-sufficient; and

develops in stages for some

becoming better parents and

parents who have decades of

managers of their home

hardship to overcome and

environment. Participants meet

reverse. However, Parklands

3 to 4 days a week for

Community Center offers a

training and coaching.

safe-haven for those ready to embrace change and

In 2008, Parklands Community

understand their roles as

Center offered a number of

parents. These parents have

community events, including:

Great Wolf Lodge Retreat Family Bonding Retreat

truly succeeded by becoming

a Town Hall Meeting for

more verbal and confident and

community residents; a Family

with the help of the staff of

Support Circle to plan family

Parklands Community Center

bonding and activity trips; an

and themselves, they can look

HIV/AIDS Support Group; and a

forward to a great future.

Community Opportunity Fair in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

Brenda Jones, Executive Director, Parklands Community Center


Trinity Washington University Trinity Washington is a comprehensive university with undergraduate and graduate programs that provide students with a strong foundation in liberal arts that is enhanced by practical experiences and a professional focus. Trinity at THEARC offers an Associates degree in Glenda Smith, Danielle Gregory & Allene David, Trinity at THEARC 2008 Graduates

General Studies. The program is for working adults who are interested in obtaining their degree to improve their employment opportunities. Tuition at Trinity at

Trinity at THEARC Celebrates its Inaugural Graduating

THEARC is discounted by more than 50% versus

Class: Three adult students, Glenda Smith, Danielle

standard tuition rates. In addition to the Associates

Gregory and Allene David, graduated from the Associate

degree, Trinity at THEARC offers a Master of Science in

of Arts program of Trinity at THEARC in 2008. All three

Administration with a specialization in Non-Profit

students completed AA degrees in general studies, which


they began pursuing in 2005 when Trinity at THEARC first opened its doors. Ms. David and Ms. Gregory have both

Six students successfully graduated since Trinity at

been invited to be inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda

THEARC opened in 2005. All six have matriculated

National Honor Society and all three students have

into a Bachelor’s Degree Program.

moved on to pursue Bachelor of Arts degrees at Trinity’s main campus in northeast Washington.

Nine more students are expected to graduate from Trinity at THEARC by the end of 2009.

Number of Enrollees

Students enrolled in the Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies at Trinity at THEARC.


The Washington Ballet The Washington Ballet @THEARC works to enliven the beauty and discipline of dance in southeast Washington, DC. Inaugurated in summer 2005, twb@THEARC houses the southeast campus of The Washington School of Ballet and two unique community engagement programs, DanceDC and EXCEL!. The space is equipped with two dance studios with pianos for live accompaniment, locker rooms, offices and use of the state-of-the-art 365-seat THEARC Theater. twb@THEARC offers a pre-professional ballet program for children ages five through 18 as well as the adult program with classes in Modern, Hip Hop, Pilates, Yoga, and African dance. Students enrolled in the program receive additional opportunities such as performing in The Nutcracker featuring The Washington Ballet. twb@THEARC also hosts a Summer Dance Intensive, which allows children to foster their love for ballet while participating in programs with THEARC partners.

Reginald Jackson came to The Washington Ballet at THEARC along with his dad and sister, Ranisha. His dad shared that both Reginald and his sister had an interest in dance. In his placement audition, Reginald showed-off and did the splits—he was clearly a natural. His dad was very forthright with The Washington Ballet’s staff and

Highlights of twb@THEARC’s accomplishments during 2008 include: ■

Enrolled 949 students in dance classes, an increase from previous years.

Enrolled 607 students in DanceDC in collaboration with the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Enrolled 32 students in Excel!, a 100% scholarship program.

Worked cooperatively with a number of THEARC partners including, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Levine School of Music, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Children’s National Medical Center and Building Bridges Across the River to offer events, training, workshops and festivals for

shared that Reginald has ADHD and attends a specialneeds school. The support from his dad was strong and Reginald and his sister both immediately enrolled in Hip Hop, African and ballet classes. Because Reginald was a natural, he was invited to audition for a higher level class, Ballet 1A, which meets twice a week. Reginald auditioned and made it. Immediately after the audition, Ms. Johnson, his teacher, noted his talent and strong interest: "He worked so hard in that audition that he showed everyone else up." Reginald’s favorite dance genre is now ballet and he walks to twb@THEARC weekly to get to class on time.

the surrounding community. ■

Held performances of The Nutcracker in THEARC Theater December 4-6, 2008. Tickets were sold at $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for children, a signifi-

Reginald Jackson, The Washington Ballet

cant discount versus standard ticket prices.


The Washington Middle School for Girls Grounded in the legacy of dynamic female educators and religious pioneers, the Washington Middle School for Girls (WMSG) encourages young girls growing up The Washington Middle School for Girls not only provides

east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC to stay in

its students with a challenging academic curriculum and

school and exceed beyond their imaginations. The

access to a large number of after -school activities at

school offers an academically challenging curriculum

THEARC, but follows its graduates through high school

for grades 4-8. Sixty-one students are currently

and beyond through its unique Graduate Support

enrolled at THEARC’s Campus (grades six through

Program. In 2008, a WMSG graduate who was accepted

eight), while 30 fourth and fifth graders attend

to a private school in suburban Maryland experienced a

WMSG’s Campus at The VIEW on Douglass Rd., in

number of family issues, as well as school transportation

southeast Washington, DC.

problems, along with all the other challenges of freshman All students receive a full scholarship to attend WMSG,

year in a new high school.

which has grown from 12 girls situated in a basement With WMSG’s intervention and encouragement, this

apartment to 91 girls housed in two campuses in only

student who struggled her entire first year and was in

ten years. WMSG students participate in after-school

danger of dropping out is now headed

programs with The

towards the honor roll at her high school.

Washington Ballet, Corcoran

She has also received a full scholarship

ArtReach, Levine School of

from the Commonwealth Foundation so

Music and others at THEARC.

that she can continue attending this private

The Washington Ballet’s The

school of her choosing.

Nutcracker has become an annual event for WMSG

This talented and hard working student

students to perform and

returns to WMSG on occasion to encourage


her younger friends to work hard in prepa-

WMSG Graduates 2008

WMSG Leadership Series:

ration for high school. Next year, with WMSG’s help and guidance, she will be visiting colleges – something she

in 2008, WMSG began its popular Leadership Series,

never dreamed of before

which invites inspiring women who are leaders in the

attending The Washington

Washington DC area to WMSG. Tamara Darvish,

Middle School for Girls.

Vice President of DARCARS Automotive Group, and Susan Gustafon, President of the Ratner Companies, joined a growing number of women who have spoken at student assemblies and shared lunch with

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thanks WMSG students for their participation in a liturgy at Trinity University in a Mass in her honor, remembering the children of Darfur and New Orleans.


WMSG students.

Non-Resident Partners of THEARC Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia provides free legal services to low or noincome persons living in DC in the areas of housing, domestic violence/family law and public benefits law. Legal Aid offers a continuum of services including advice, counsel and brief assistance; representation in litigation; social work case management, and community education on legal issues. Additionally, Legal Aid’s Appellate Advocacy project handles cases across the spectrum of poverty law that have the potential to positively impact the lives of thousands of the District’s poor and underserved. Initial interview hours at THEARC are: Monday, Tuesday and

Thursday from 12:30pm-4:00pm. Training Grounds, Inc.

Training Grounds’ mission is to equip and prepare economically disadvantaged DC youth and young adults for living wage careers through professional skills, personal development and entrepreneurship training. Participants learn the skills necessary for success in today’s business climate as well as an entrepreneurial mindset and pathways to sustainable lifestyles. Assessments and surveys, a comprehensive training regimen and internships via program partners are all part of Training Grounds’ offerings.

Washington School of Psychiatry The Children’s Health Project of DC at THEARC collaborates with The Washington School of Psychiatry (WSP). WSP has trained mental health professionals working in hospitals, schools, clinics, and social service agencies for many years. With an interest in expanding its reach to the greater Washington community, WSP developed Community Outreach Services (COS) in 2001 with a primary mission of supporting and collaborating with various agencies east of the Anacostia River who offer front line services to children and families. Over the past five years, COS has offered consultation services to staff and supportive groups for parents. WSP’s intention over the next five years is to expand these services to individuals – both young and old, to families, and to staff to meet the changing needs of the community.


THEARC Membership Project: How Do We Measure Success? The role that Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR) plays in leading and coordinating the organizations based at THEARC is critical for ensuring that the programs at THEARC have a meaningful impact in the surrounding underserved community. Rather than merely sharing space in one facility, under BBAR’s leadership, THEARC’s resident partners work collaboratively in order to help children and families from the community increase their opportunities for success. THEARC Web-Based User Tracking System In 2008, thanks to the generous support of the Lois & Richard England Family Foundation and The Philanthropic Collaborative, BBAR launched a data collection and tracking system for all clients of THEARC. The goal of this system is to track the users of THEARC’s programs in order to ensure the security of children and other participants, document the community impact of THEARC’s programs, and guide program design and funding. Both quantitative and qualitative data about THEARC’s users is collected, including basic demographics, partner organization specific data, consumer/client surveys and general public/community-wide surveys. Core Health, a DC-based minority/women owned small business with deep roots in the communities of Wards 7 and 8, was selected by BBAR to design and manage the data collection. To become a member of THEARC, community residents complete a voluntary membership form and consent form explaining the database collection system. All information gathered through the data collection system is kept confidential and reports generated from the data are anonymous. Although there is no cost involved in becoming a member of THEARC, members are reminded during the enrollment process that there may be fees for utilizing programs and services provided by THEARC partners. Upon completing the enrollment forms, THEARC members are issued an ID card that contains their picture and a bar code that allows each member to scan in and out of all entrances to the facility and entrances to the various activities throughout the facility. Members receive incentives such as coupons, t-shirts, sports tickets, discounts at local businesses, and more for enrolling. THEARC membership is not mandatory and requires as little or as much information as the client wishes to provide. Those opting out of enrollment in THEARC membership may continue to use the services of any and all partner organizations at any time.


THEARC Quarterly Surveys An additional feature of THEARC data collection system is the quarterly surveys conducted by Core Health within THEARC and the surrounding community. Each quarterly survey provides community members an opportunity to express their opinions about THEARC's programs and community-wide issues as well as share general feedback. During fall 2008, Core Health conducted periodic surveys of users of THEARC during normal business hours. Core Health also surveyed guests at The Washington Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, during its December 4-6, 2008 performances in THEARC Theater. Preliminary Results Results of the first quarter (September-December 2008) of THEARC Membership Project, including user data tracked and survey results compiled, follow. Please note that these results are preliminary in nature and are not representative of the broad THEARC user base or the surrounding residential community. A number of THEARC partners are still in the process of converting their clients to THEARC membership and not all enrolled members

Meet THEARC member, Carleen McCarley. She initially heard about THEARC when she called Levine School of Music, NW campus to inquire about music lessons for her daughter, Gabrielle McCarley-Lewis. She then asked them whether they had a location closer to her NE neighborhood; that's when they informed her that Levine would be coming to THEARC.

submit complete enrollment forms when registering as members. These preliminary results are included in order only to provide highlights of THEARC’s Membership Project; future, more representative results will be published on an annual basis.

Since then, Gabrielle has been a member of the following: Levine School of Music for two and a half years, The Washington Ballet for two years and Corcoran Artreach for two years. Carleen is currently enrolled in Trinity at THEARC and is expected to graduate in the summer of 2009 with an Associate of Arts Degree in

“On behalf of the partner organizations of THEARC, I would like to acknowledge the contribution and support of Dr. Gloria Wilder and the Core Health team in the design and implementation of our membership database project and the production of this annual report. Core Health is guiding us through the process of translating our collective vision into collaborative community impact.” —Edmund Fleet, Executive Director, Building Bridges Across the River

Business. Carleen is also on the parent committee at the Boys & Girls Club at THEARC. In addition, Carlene and Gabrielle have visited THEARC Theater a number of times to take in productions and events.


*Graphs are based on the responses from THEARC member enrollment forms.

First Quarter Results Reflects Data Collection September-December 2008



575 members did not complete "Race/Ethnicity" question on the enrollment form.

Household Income Distribution by Intervals of $20,000


Household Income

Family Size Distribution

Household Type

Mode of Transportation to THEARC


Wards of Residents Who Use THEARC Programs

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= 1% of THEARC members located in each Ward of Washington, DC

Wards of Residents Who Use THEARC Programs

Home Ward of Members and Community Residents Who Visited THEARC

Number of Visitors


THEARC Quarterly Survey The first quarterly survey was conducted in December 2008 throughout the community and at the performances of The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker at THEARC Theater. THEARC community respondents are demographically different than ballet attendees but their responses display great similarities: Demographics: Age

Community Survey: N=168 WB Special Event: N=200

Home Ward of Members and Community Residents Who Visited THEARC

Community Survey: N=153 WB Special Event: N=203

Is this your first time visiting THEARC?


Community Residents Survey Results on Left Side of Page

Washington Ballet Special Event Survey Results on Right Side

Have you attended an event at THEARC Theater?

If yes, which event did you attend?

* More than one choice possible

* More than one choice possible

If no, please indicate why.

* More than one choice possible

* More than one choice possible


How much would you pay to attend an event at THEARC? Community Residents Survey Results on Left Side of Page

* More than one choice possible

Washington Ballet Special Event Survey Results on Right Side

* More than one choice possible

What challenges/ barriers are there to you and/ or your family from participating in programs/ activities at THEARC?

* More than one choice possible

* More than one choice possible

How safe do you feel at THEARC?

** Data represents raw numbers


** Data represents raw numbers

Do you think THEARC receives government funding? Community Residents Survey Results on Left Side of Page

Washington Ballet Special Event Survey Results on Right Side


Community survey respondents predominantly reside in Wards 7 and 8, with Ward 8 having the greatest participation.

58% of people who attended The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker in THEARC Theater December 4-6, 2008 reside in Maryland and Virginia. Only 27% of community survey participants are from Maryland and Virginia.

60% of visitors to THEARC are returning visitors.

Both community residents and Ballet guests state a lack of awareness of an activity or program as the reason they have not attended an event at THEARC.

46% of community residents would pay $15.00 or less to attend an event at THEARC.

The majority of both community residents and Ballet guests would pay up to $25.00 to attend an event at THEARC.

85% of both groups feel safe at THEARC.


Building Bridges Across the River 2008 Financial Report Balance Sheet Summary Statement of Financial Condition - As of December 31, 2008 See Figure 2.0





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Building Bridges Across the River Board of Directors W. Christopher Smith, Jr., Chairman & CEO William C. Smith & Co. Chairman Assistant Chief Winston Robinson DC Police Department Special Services Command Secretary

Judith Dobbins Jeffery P. Capron, CPA Aronson & Company Treasurer Lynne Horning

Dorea McMahon

Gloria Whitfield Community Neighbor

Neil Albert Deputy Mayor of Economic Development

Elizabeth Conahan Walker & Dunlop

Sandra Allen Former DC Councilwoman

Gina F. Adams FedEx

Skip McMahon Co-Founder, Building Bridges Across the River

Building Bridges Across the River Board Committees Board Development Committee Chris Smith - Chair Jeff Capron Skip McMahon

Governance Committee Judith Dobbins - Chair Lynne Horning Dorea McMahon Theater Committee Lynne Horning

One in a Million Campaign for THEARC Advisory Committee Toni Brody Renau Daniels Sonja DeCarlo Renee Esfandiary-Crupi Dalia Fateh Patti Franco Jane Hill Sharon Johnson


Michele Jolin Janet Laird Elisabeth LaMotte Colleen Markham Elizabeth Raymond Karen Thomas Barrett Tilney

Building Bridges Across the River 2008 Donors Building Bridges Across the River gratefully acknowledges the generous support from the following individuals and organizations (gifts received for calendar year 2008): Anonymous Armstrong Family Foundation Aronson Foundation George A. & Dorothy R. Avery Carter & Melissa Cafritz Charitable Trust The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Clark-Winchcole Foundation Margaret Conyers The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Dimick Foundation The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation FEDEX John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation John Friese on behalf of Andrea and Jonathan Giant The Higgens-Trapnell Family Foundation Horning Family Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region The Humanities Council of Washington, DC Sheldon and Audrey Katz Foundation

D.H. Kim LISC MARPAT Foundation Richard E. & Nancy P. Marriott Foundation Kevin & Dorea McMahon Alan & Amy Meltzer Family Foundation Carolyn & Gregory Morrison The Olender Foundation The Philanthropic Collaborative Nancy Polikoff Prince Charitable Trusts William C. Smith & Co. The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation Target Venable Foundation The Washington Post Company The Arts Fund at THEARC* Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation Betsy & Wes Foster Family Foundation

*The goal of The Arts Fund at THEARC is to promote, provide and enhance collaborative arts programming at THEARC among the four nonprofit arts organizations in-residence at THEARC: Building Bridges Across the River, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Levine School of Music and The Washington Ballet.


One in a Million Campaign for THEARC 2008 Donors The One in a Million Campaign for THEARC is a $10 million grassroots fundraising campaign launched under the leadership of Building Bridges Across the River in 2006 that seeks $10 from one million citizen donors to sustain the operations of THEARC. To date, the Campaign has raised $3 million. At the heart of the Campaign is the need to alleviate the operational budgets of THEARC’s ten nonprofit resident organizations so they can further invest in programming for children and families. Donations are accepted online via, by calling (202) 4-THEARC (484-3272) or 202-889-5901. Building Bridges Across the River and its nine in-residence partner agencies at THEARC gratefully acknowledge the following supporters of the One in a Million Campaign for THEARC (contributions received calendar year 2008):

Anonymous Mai Abdo Adam Comis Photography Ellen Adams Elizabeth Estes Adams Daniel R. Addison Hamid Marc Afsharieh Hind Ahdab Farinaz Akhavan Ashley Allen Marion M. Alston Pamela Alozie Cynthia Arnold Alison A. Arrington Terry Ascencio-Parvy Susan Ascher, M.D. Anne Ashmore-Hudson Roberta Atkinson George A. & Dorothy R. Avery Viola W. Barnes Alison J. Barr Alycia Bartley-Heinsen Robert Basler Bahman Batmanghelidj Panagiotis C. Bayz James Beauford Roy J. Bell Robert J. Berlinsky Francesco Bernardi Cynthia Bertolotti N. Bishop Ann & Bob Bittman Block Family Foundation Katherine Bradley Colette Breen Leila Brener Ned & Toni Brody Frances B. Brookner


Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. Anne Marie Burke Frida F. Burling Nora Leake Cameron Kared Canop-Wilson JoAnn Capers CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Luisa Caro Patricia S. Carroll Jill & Rudy Casasola Craig Channell Pauline Chapman Tejpal Chawia Chic Productions Karl E. Childress Rose Ann Cleveland James Cobb Shaun Cohen Eileen Colbert Carl & Rise Cole Robert & Sophie Cole Diane Colgan M.D. Compsec, Inc. Community Services Elizabeth Conahan & James Oldham Kim M. Conaway Gillette Conner Margaret Conyers Covenant House Washington Lynne Cowan Dent Edith Cromwell Meredith B. Cross Janice Crouch Renee Esfandiary Crupi & Eric Crupi Renau Daniels

Ralph P. & Lou Hill Davidson Dion Davis Delores A. Dawson Daycon Products Company, Inc. Sonja & Nick DeCarlo Paul F. DeFilippes Rita M. D'Epagnier Michael & Julia Diaz Jiamin Dienberg Judith L. Dobbins Rick Donnally Loretta Donovan K.M. Douglas John P. Duffy Barbara M. Duncan Barbara A. Edgerton R.N. Shahriar Elminani Richard & Lois England Judy Esfandiary Maurice Ewing Robert Fardi Annie K. Farrell Frances Farrow Dalia & Hossein Fateh Mehdi Fateh Ralph C. Ferrara Mary & David Findley Rebecca Fishman Edmund C. Fleet Floor Systems Inc. Antoinette Ford Lisa A. Ford Heidi B. Fordi Betty Flanders Foster Freddie Mac Foundation Alexandra Freedman Robert Freeman Dave Friedman

John Friese on behalf of Andrea & Jonathan Jake & Jennifer Gagnon Amy Garland Roberta Gatti Eve Gerber Giant Jinny & Mike Goldstein Shawn A. Goldstein Peter Goodrich Jan Gordon Hayley Gordon Pivato Thomas W. Gore Marianna Gray Elvara Greene Shannon McManus Grewer Robert & Mary Haft Foundation Jo Ann Hamilton Thomas Hardart & Virginia Shore Rhonique Harris, MD Gordon M.Hayes Jessica Haywood Alan L. Hermesch Scott Heppe Kimberly Ann Hester Tom & Jane Hill Martin D. Holley Carter Hood & Amanda Smith Hood Lynne Horning Horning Brothers Corporation Dennis M. Houlihan Hosiah Huggins Jr. Carole P. Hull Pat Humphries Cozette P. Hunter

Ziad Idriss, MD Julie Jacobs & Andrew Skowronek Donna Jackson Maureen Jais-Mick Tanish L. Jefferson James Jelasic William & Kathleen Jenkins Julie Jensen Gwendolyn Johns Daryl Johnson Martin & Sharon Johnson Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Brenda H. Jones Michele M. Jolin Jordan-Kittt's Music Jubilee Majestic Concert Choir Tyler Kalogeros Russell & Randy Katz Sheldon and Audrey Katz Foundation. Andrea Kaufman Rona Kennedy Jay Christopher Khoriaty Michael J. Kiefer Marjorie A. Kinard Gretchen & Caleb King Jonathan P. Kinisley Greg Kinsella Eric & Katharine Kravetz Richard & Janet Laird LaMotte Family Foundation Isabel Lanier Philippe Lanier Holly Lass Robert Lehrman Brian Lee Kimberly J. Lenoci Marne L. Levine Lucille B. Liggins Stephanie Lilley Eve Auchincloss Lilley Beth Lippman Freddi Lipstein & Scott R. Berg LISC Kathryn Loeffler Karen Lohnes Anthony F. LucasSpindletop Foundation Matthew Ludlum Kelly Lusan Rebecca Hunter Markley Alverna Mackley Miller

Kara M. Maddux Britlan & Fred Malek Malek Family Charitable Trust Andrew K. Maloney Manorstone Security & Smartwire Colleen & Charles Markham Rebecca Hunter Markley Laura & Alex Martin Rhonda V. Martin Suzanne F. Martin Elaine V. Mason Zeid Masri & Beth Lippman Neil McAllister Clare J. McCabe Kevin & Dorea McMahon William T. "Skip" & Susan McMahon Dorothy & Bill McSweeny Dipali B. Mehta Melaleuca Martin Mellett Alan L. Meltzer Annaken S. MendozaToews Michelle Mengel Maggie Michael Millennium Realty Advisors LLC Candace Miller A. Fenner & Ina O. Milton Ericka E. Mompoint Jeff Monroe Carolyn & Gregory Morrison Yvonne J. Morse Tom Mudlaff Francesca & Edward Neaher Dalia Neiss & Adam Caldwell Elizabeth Nelson Laura Nelson & Steve Pearlman Mehrdad Nemazee Oramenta Fleming Newsome Liz & Rob Norton Iris Nunez Occassions Caterers The Olender Foundation Lynne Oliver Lisa Oswald Maria Otero

The Owen Family Foundation Amy Patel Parklands Community Center Mark Penn & Nancy Jacobson Penn Robert Person Alison Pinckney Hayley Gordon Pivato Robert Pizzano PNC Foundation Nancy Polikoff Abe Pollin Lester Poretsky Family Foundation Potomac Valley Orthopaedic Associates Chartered Barbara A. Power Proper Topper Laura Siegel Rabinowitz Robert Ratchford John A. Reaves Rebecca L. Relic Kevin Reynolds Robbie H. Rich Deborah Richardson Janice R. Richardson RinkerDesign Associates, P.C. John A. Ritz Windy Robertson Patricia Robinson Rick & Laura Rodman Gregory H. Rooney Jacqueline Ross George K. Rothman Elissa Rubin Hattie Ruttenberg Gertrude J. Saleh Kenneth E. Saliba Daniel Sallick & Elizabeth Miller David Salwen & Barrett Tilney Robert D. Sanchez Jane V. Saunders Richard Schaeffer Joan A. Schaffer June Schneider Allison Scuriatti Penelope K. Shapiro Fady I. Sharara Kimberly Shiff Douglas H. Shulman Hazel Sidberry Jean Smith Lula Smith

W. Christopher & Lisa Smith Ellie Smith-Khuri Dick Snowdon Leigh Ellen Sontheimer JD Spriggs Melissa Squire Leslie Morgan Steiner Richard G. Stoll Walter & Janet Stone Kelly Stroh Peggy Styer Renee D. Sumby Carrington & Jake Tarr Richard Tharp Leah K. Thayer Karen Thomas Claudia C. Thorne Jerry & LeAnn Toews Eliane Tollie Pamela Tomlinson John H. Toole Tree Top Toys, Inc. Courtney Hagner Ttee Brendan M. Turner Cihril Turner United Way of the National Capital Area Urban Land Institute United States Department of Housing & Urban Development Verizon Foundation Barbara Volkman Sheila Walker Candice M. Washington Reginald M. Washington Hugh D. Watts Jr. Lisa Watts Jessika S. Wellisch Jackie Wert Tina West Burton White & Jill Wiley White Gerard Widdicombe Glen Wiggins Gloria Wilder, MD MPH Carla D. Williams Warren Williams Willoughby Consulting Group Curtin & Debbie Winsor Pat Worthy


THEARC: A Model of Non-Profit Collaboration “When I was age 16 years old I noticed the big blue mobile medical vans around our neighborhood. They used to come to my apartment complex in Atlantic Terrace. Being a young mom with kids, I started bringing my 2 children to the Mobile Units to receive their medical care because it was so convenient. The vans are so convenient they allowed me to keep up with all my children’s medical appointments throughout the years. As a matter of fact, Dr. Harris always complimented me on the fact that I have always kept up with all my children’s immunizations. When the Children’s Health Project of DC moved to THEARC, there were more services that I was able to join. When the Washington Middle School for Girls opened at THEARC then I became interested in that school. My daughter Aaliyah was only in the fourth grade at the time so, it was my dream for two years to get her into that school. When we applied, she got in! Aaliyah started attending the Washington Middle School for Girls in September of this school year. I began to volunteer at the school as one of the requirements for my daughter to remain at the school. Then they hired me! I really like the school’s curriculum and the fact that they have opening prayer in the beginning of each day. Aaliyah dances after school with The Washington Ballet. My other two daughters also come with me after school to THEARC to take dance lessons at The Washington Ballet. Aaliyah was in a school Christmas program where she performed on the stage in the theater here at THEARC. The Boys & Girls Club is also located here at THEARC. Aaliyah attends the after school program at the Boys & Girls Club. It is so conveniently situated in the same building as The Washington Ballet, the Washington Middle School for Girls and the Health Project of DC. All of the services we use are within arm’s reach. We are benefiting culturally, educationally, socially, health wise as well as earning part of our livelihood through this partnership. Thank Goodness for THEARC.” —Tanisha McNeal


“I was new to Ward 7 and public housing. The children were originally seen somewhere else. I noticed the blue van in the community so I inquired and I paid a visit one day and found it to be convenient and because it was part of the Children's National Medical Center. My daughter, Evelyn bonded with Dr. Gloria, who initially developed this clinic. The Mobile Unit then opened the medical clinic at THEARC. When it was time for Evelyn to graduate, finding a suitable environment for her was not going to be an easy task. It was the recommendation of Dr. Harris that she attend the Washington Middle School for Girls located at THEARC. So, she interviewed with the school and because she was already a scholarship recipient, things just seemed to fall in place. She needed a school environment and a place to establish consistency and a strong academic foundation. It was during the parent orientation for the school that we were introduced to all the partners at THEARC. I had the opportunity to enroll our Evelyn in any of these programs. So, being a very excited parent I enrolled her in all the programs. The first year it was parent initiated, but each year following, she initiated enrollment by getting all the information for the programs that she liked. Evelyn took the initiative to make sure she was enrolled in all the programs that interested her. She has participated in programs with The Washington Ballet, Levine School of Music, Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Boys & Girls Club FBR Branch and The Parklands Community Center. She has taken piano at Levine, and a variety of dance programs with The Washington Ballet including ballet, modern dance and jazz dance. Both Evelyn and I have participated in programs sponsored by The Parklands Community Center (mother and daughter programs). Along with all of that she is maintaining a nice GPA with the Washington Middle School for Girls where she is taking 9 different subject courses and learning how to manage her life to participate in the many activities at THEARC. As a single parent, I feel that THEARC and its many programs and services have supplemented and supported my efforts in raising a well rounded and well balanced child. It has allowed my daughter to be exposed to the same opportunities and to experience the same cultural and educational privileges that people in more affluent communities normally have at their fingertips. We no longer have to travel outside of our community for a positive cultural experience. We now have THEARC in our own backyard. It would be wonderful if other communities like ours across the country could have a place like THEARC at their fingertips.” —Florence Thompson

“We now have THEARC in our own backyard. It would be wonderful if other communities like ours across the country could have a place like THEARC at their fingertips.”


Building Bridges Across The River At The Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus Established in 1997 to raise the funds to build THEARC (via a $27 million capital campaign) and oversee its construction, Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR) now serves as the management agency for THEARC, leading the coalition of nonprofit agencies in residence at THEARC and its non-resident partners to offer quality cultural, social, health and educational services to children and families living east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC and to build bridges across communities. Opened in 2005, the Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus (THEARC) is an 110,000 square foot facility located on 16.5 acres in southeast Washington, DC. THEARC PARTNER AGENCIES Building Bridges Across the River

Parklands Community Center

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington: FBR Branch

Trinity Washington University

Children’s National Medical Center: Children’s Health Project of DC

Washington Middle School for Girls

The Washington Ballet

NON-RESIDENT PARTNERS OF THEARC Corcoran Gallery of Art: Corcoran ArtReach Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia Covenant House Washington Training Grounds, Inc. Levine School of Music Washington School of Psychiatry

BUILDING BRIDGES ACROSS THE RIVER TOWN HALL EDUCATION ARTS & RECREATION CAMPUS 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20020 202-889-5901 202-889-5905 (fax)

Selected for the 2008-2009 Catalog for Philanthropy “One of the best small nonprofit agencies in the greater Washington area.” 40

THEARC 2008 Annual Report  

THEARC 2008 Annual Report