We love getting out in the community and connecting with viewers, listeners and members. Here's a sampling of what we've been up to recently.
District Vox: Politics & art at the wilson building
June 14, 2018
WETA's promotion team greeted guests at the annual event presented by Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Arts Urban Arts Initiative and D.C. Councilmember David Grosso, held at The Wilson Building in Washington, D.C. The 2018 theme was “District Vox” – celebration of voice – from song to spoken word.
Student reporting labs homegrown screening party
June 5, 2018
WETA welcomed local Student Reporting Labs participants and guests to our headquarters for a screening of their SRL Homegrown: Power in Numbers projects. In these projects, students from John F. Kennedy High School (Montgomery County, Maryland), Woodrow Wilson High School (District of Columbia) and Frederick Douglass High School (Prince George's County, Maryland), explored food justice issues in the region. Their stories are part of a series from around the country on the different ways teens are making their voices heard through youth-led movements around issues directly impacting their lives, including school safety and gun violence.
British Embassy Open House
May 12, 2018
WETA's promotion team greeted guests at the British Embassy's Open House, with giveways and information on our classical radio station and four television channels, including WETA UK.
Shakespeare's Birthday Open House with the Classical WETA Players
April 22, 2018
Classical WETA helped celebrate William Shakespeare's birthday at Folger Shakespeare Library. Evening host Nicole Lacroix introduced events in the Paster Reading Room and a Classical WETA promotions team was on site with giveaways and station information. Amongst many other highlights, the celebration included stage combat workshops, jesters, magicians, tours of Folger’s reading rooms (on the one day of the year they are open to the public) and birthday cake for all!
Record Store Day at Blue Groove Soundz in Arlington, Virginia
April 21, 2018
Classical WETA host Linda Carducci was on site for a meet-and-greet with local Arlington-area music lovers at independent record store Blue Groove Soundz.
Virginia Opera at George Mason University Center for the Arts: Lucia di Lammermoor
April 7, 2018
Classical WETA host Linda Carducci offered pre-concert remarks and a Classical WETA promotions team was on site with giveaways at Virginia Opera's performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at George Mason University Center for the Arts.
WETA UK "Talk and Tea"
April 5, 2018
WETA welcomed over 200 members of the community to our headquarters for a behind-the-scenes discussion about our British television channel, WETA UK, a Q&A with WETA Television station manager Kevin Harris, and a screening of selections from the new season of Father Brown.
National Philharmonic at Strathmore: Spirited Brahms
March 17, 2018
Classical WETA host Nicole Lacroix offered pre-concert remarks and a Classical WETA promotions team was on site with giveaways at the National Philharmonic's Spirited Brahms. Sphinx Competition winner Melissa White played Brahms’ magnificent and virtuosic Violin Concerto, one of the summits of the violin repertoire.
Washington Performing Arts at The Music Center at Strathmore
March 6, 2018
Classical WETA host Bill Bukowski offered pre-concert remarks and a Classical WETA promotions team was on site with giveaways for a performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad” by The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
WETA Kids at Discover Engineering Family Day
February 17, 2018
Our WETA Kids team and the popular children's character Curious George were on hand for Discover Engineering Family Day at the National Building Museum. Children and their parents learned how to launch rockets, build a skyscraper, and more!
Screening: Tell Them We Are Rising
February 7, 2018
WETA TV 26 partnered with The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, and The Anacostia Coordinating Council for a free screening and discussion of Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities. The film explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture and identity.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky’s Vivid Virtuosity at The Music Center at Strathmore
January 20, 2018
Classical WETA host Bill Bukowski offered pre-concert remarks and a Classical WETA promotions team was on site with giveaways at the Baltimore Symphony Orcestra's Tchaikovsky’s Vivid Virtuosity program. The moving performance was conducted by Marin Alsop and featured pianist Gabriela Montero.
WETA Kids at EdFEST
December 9, 2017
Our WETA Kids team joined staff members from over 200 DCPS and public charter schools to educate students and their parents about the school lottery application process in the District of Columbia. It wasn't all serious, though! We brought along the fun, in the form of childrens characters from Super Why!
WETA Kids at The Big Build Festival
October 14, 2017
Our WETA Kids team and the popular children's characters Peg + Cat were on hand for The Big Build at the National Building Museum. Children learned about sustainability, tested flying a drone, experienced virtual welding, and much more!
The Vietnam War Luncheon and Discussion with Filmmaker Lynn Novick and Mai elliott
September 28, 2017
WETA TV 26 hosted members of the Vietnamese community and veterans of the Vietnam War for a luncheon, film screening and panel discussion with Lynn Novick and Mai Elliott. WETA Vice President of Television Kevin Harris moderated the discussion.
The Vietnam War Member Screening Event and Panel Discussion
September 27, 2017
WETA welcomed over 200 members of the community to our headquarters for two screenings and panel discussions about "The Vietnam War", the epic documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Local greater Washington panelists included Rufus Phillips III, a veteran and author; George Jones III, a veteran army medic; Kim O'Connell, a writer and daughter of Vietnamese immigrant; and moderator Christopher Cruise, a radio news anchor for Voice of America.
Opera in the Outfield: Aida
September 23, 2017
As a media sponsor for the Washington National Opera's annual Opera in the Outfield event, Classical WETA staff was on site greeting opera fans at Nationals Park, and distributing giveaway items. Over 10,000 opera enthusiasts enjoyed watching WNO's production of Aida on the giant screen at the ballpark, and one lucky fan took home a WETA gift basket!
Screening: Washington in the 70s
August 9, 2017
WETA TV 26 partnered with The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum for a free lunch screening and discussion of our local documentary, Washington in the 70s. This WETA TV 26 production charts the District's rise from the ashes of the 1968 riots to its emergence as a world-class city, featuring first-hand accounts from those who shaped the events of the time.
Wolf Trap Opera Production of Tosca
July 14, 2017
Classical WETA was on hand to help celebrate Wolf Trap Opera's production of Tosca at the Filene Center. Before the performance we enjoyed mingling with guests and WETA volunteers handed out giveways, including fans to help the audience beat the summer heat! All enjoyed a rousing performance that featured Alexandra Loutsion as Floria Tosca, Mackenzie Gotcher as Cavaradossi and Kihun Yoon as Scarpia.