BENEFITING: DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
EVENT DATE: May 17, 2015
Hi! My name is Amanda Rosado, a native of central MD, and I am currently training for the Portland, Oregon Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon on May 17, 2015.
I am excited to announce that on behalf of my half-marathon goal, I am raising money for the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. This amazing non-profit organization helps provide arts education to students in DC public and charter schools, driven with the vision that, no matter what, every student is entitled to have access to arts and humanities, and that it is an essential part to a child's growth and education.
One major program that the DC Collaborative provides is Arts for Every Student (AFES). Within this program, public school students preK-12, teachers, and schools have access to several arts and humanities-related activities, free of charge! These activities include, but are not limited to: hundreds of local DC performances and events (plays, musicals, orchestral concerts, storytelling, ballet, museum tours, and more!) and workshops (creative writing, music instruction, dance, visual arts, drama/theatre).
Since the organization's inception in 1998, the DC Collaborative has partnered with cultural institutions in the DC region through the AFES program to reach nearly half-a-million students, many of whom are under-served. Without this program many DC Public school students wouldn't get to go to places like the Kennedy Center, National Gallery, Shakespeare Theatre, the National Museum of American History, among others.
The AFES program is just a sliver of the other amazing things that this organization does. Be sure to check out their website! http://www.dccollaborative.org .
I feel so passionate about this organization, not only because of what they do, but also because one of the many brains of the operation, Tracey Wyton, the Program Director, is a close, long-time friend of mine. Tracey is also a fellow musician, and has dedicated herself to the program, as she wholeheartedly agrees that her life has been enriched because of access to the arts.
As for myself, I am a musician and a board-certified music therapist. I have been working in the mental health field with adolescent females for 4 1/2 years. I know firsthand, not just for the girls I work with but even for myself, that it is SO important to have a creative outlet to help express our emotions. Involvement in the arts reminds us that we all have the potential to be creative beings, regardless of age and background.
This Portland half-marathon is my very first half marathon and I am very excited to let this fundraiser fuel my excitement and motivation to do it! Running has become a fairly new passion of mine, alongside music. I have done a handful of 5ks, 10ks, and a few ks in between, and this year I decided that I want to push myself to run 13.1 miles.
I have chosen to go to the Portland Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon, because I am, admittedly, using it as an excuse to go to Portland. I am VERY interested in the city and its own commitment to the arts. And the race itself will have a live local band every mile! I mean... c'mon!
I hope that you consider donating to help provide potentially life-changing experiences to children who may not otherwise have access to it.
Run on, and keep being creative!