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WETA Arts: February 2019



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WETA Arts returns in February, spotlighting visual and performing arts in Greater Washington and celebrating the diverse cultural heritage of the nation’s capital. The half-hour magazine-style show presents a variety of stories, profiles and discussions, while introducing emerging and established artists alike. This month, the program has a Black History Month theme.


James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters

James Reese Europe

James Reese Europe was both a renowned jazz bandleader and a lieutenant in an all-black unit that fought in World War I. Now a re-creation of his band plays at the Kennedy Center, where Jazz Director Jason Moran is on a mission to call attention to this groundbreaking artist who helped popularize jazz around the world. 


Related Links

369th Experience→

Library of Congress: Biography of James Reese Europe→

National Archives Educator Resources →

Gordon Parks in the Classroom

Gordon Parks in the Classroom

Visionary photojournalist Gordon Parks documented the lives of black Americans for six decades.  Now the National Gallery of Art is taking his work into local schools to teach what Parks called “the common search for a better life and a better world.” 


Related Links

National Gallery of Art: “Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950”→

Library of Congress: Ella Watson Photo Series →

Just Out The Window

Out the Window

Local playwright Tom Minter uses photographs and video of changing neighborhoods taken by DC high school students to inspire a play commissioned by the Washington National Opera. 


Related Links

Washington National Opera→

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum: A Right to the City Exhibit→

Coalition of African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA) →

Picturing Justice

Picturing Justice - Harriett Tubman

How has photography been used to counter stereotypes and create positive images of African Americans?  Dr. Rhea Combs, curator of film and photography at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Melani Douglass, director of public programs at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, discuss landmark photos from the pre-Civil War era to the civil rights movement.   


Related Links

National Museum of Women in the Arts: Women, Arts, and Social Change Program→

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture: Double Exposure Photography Book Series→

Aperture #223, “Vision & Justice” Spring 2016 →

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