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.
The chaperone screening and discussion
March 27, 2019
WETA members and guests enjoyed an exclusive preview screening of the new film The Chaperone starring Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) and based on the best-selling novel by Laura Moriarty. The evening included a Q&A with star McGovern and Masterpiece Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton. The Chaperone opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinema on April 12, 2019.
WETA Kids at Discover Engineering Family Day
February 16, 2019
Our WETA Kids team and the popular children's character Jet Propulsion from the WETA Kids children's show Ready Jet Go! were on hand for Discover Engineering Family Day at the National Building Museum. Children and their parents learned how to launch helicopters, build a skyscraper, and more!
finding your Roots screening and Discussion
February 8, 2019
WETA hosted a screening and discussion event with WETA production partner and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The evening featured his popular series on genealogy, Finding Your Roots — a WETA co-production — and participants from Season Five: actress S. Epatha Merkerson, radio host Joe Madison and DNA expert CeCe Moore.
WETA Kids at EdFEST
December 8, 2018
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 -- Princess Presto from Super Why!
Behind the Mic with John Banther
November 1, 2018
Classical WETA welcomed our Friends of Classical Music donors for an intimate luncheon and conversation with Classical WETA producer and on-air host John Banther. Guests enjoyed a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the radio station and learned about John's unique background as a musician.
WETA Kids at The Big Build Festival
October 13, 2018
Our WETA Kids team and the popular children character Nature Cat were on hand for The Big Build at the National Building Museum. Children learned about virtual reality welding and cement mixing, spackled and split wood, tested a pilot drone, and much more!
poldark screening event
September 27, 2018
WETA hosted members and guests to our headquarters for a preview screening of Poldark Season 4, airing on WETA Television starting September 30, 2018.
Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park
September 29, 2018
Classical WETA's promotion team greeted guests with games and prizes at this year's Opera in the Outfield event at Nationals Park. Washington National Opera presented Rossini’s classic, The Barber of Seville, on the jumbotron at the ballpark as thousands of opera fans watched from the outfield grass.
The great american read lecture series: what we do for love
September 18, 2018
Continuing our literary themes lecture series, WETA and the Reston Regional Library hosted members of the community for a discussion about "What We Do For Love" in literature. Dr. Rewa Burnham of Trinity Washington University led the discussion.
Author talk with kwame alexander
September 8, 2018
New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander joined WETA and patrons of the Reston Regional Library for an author talk and book signing. Kwame is a poet, educator, and author of 25 books, including Rebound, the follow-up to his Newbery-medal winning young adult novel The Crossover.
The great american read lecture series: OTHER WORLDS
September 5, 2018
WETA and the Reston Regional Library hosted members of the community, academics and scholars for a discussion about "Other Worlds" in literature. Dr. Rewa Burnham of Trinity Washington University led the discussion.
roundtable discussion: what makes a great book?
September 1, 2018
WETA and the Reston Regional Library hosted members of the community, academics and scholars for a discussion about what makes a great book. Does it have to have an exciting plot, or is it character driven? Can you have a great story with average writing? Or is it all about the emotions the book elicits?
The Great American Read at the National Book Festival
September 1, 2018
WETA's promotion team greeted guests with games, trivia and prizes at The Great American Read PBS booth at the 18th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Thousands of book enthusiasts came to celebrate reading and meet their favorite authors.
The great american read lecture series: villians and monsters
August 31, 2018
WETA and the Reston Regional Library kicked off our The Great American Read literary themes lecture series by hosting members of the community, academics and scholars for a discussion about "Villians & Monsters" in literature. Dr. Rewa Burnham of Trinity Washington University led the discussion.
ADVANCE SCREENING: THE GREAT AMERICAN READ
August 30, 2018
WETA and the Arlington County's Central Library invited the community for an advanced screening of "Who Am I?", the first themed episode leading up to the finale of the The Great American Read.
The Great american read: trivia night
August 29, 2018
WETA and the Reston Regional Library invited the community to show off their literary knowledge in a fun trivia competition at the library. The top teams earned book-related prizes.
Let's Chat! What's your Favorite Read?
July 21, 2018
Part of The Great American Read initiative, WETA and the Reston Regional Library invited the community to participate in an inter-generational event where children, teens and adults have the opportunity to record conversations about their favorite books.
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.