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WETA Arts: November 2019



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WETA Arts spotlights visual and performing arts in Greater Washington and celebrates 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. In this episode of WETA Arts: Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter, and Chris McVoy of Steven Holl Architects, tour the REACH, the striking new extension which reimagines the intersection of art and community; filmmaker Malkia Lydia’s work uses the history of Eastern High School’s choir to counter negative narratives about life in DC in the 1980s; social sculptor Philippa Hughes goes to Union Market to check out Superfine!, a three-day art fair aimed at new art collectors; and Dr. Ellen Stofan, director of the Air and Space Museum, describes how a monumental seven-year renovation will change the institution.



Reach - Kennedy Center

Since 1971, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has been an international stage for the nation’s capital. Thanks to Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter and Steven Holl Architects, the iconic center’s new extension, called the REACH, gives the local community more opportunities to engage with the arts.


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Reunion Choir

Reunion Choir

Local documentarian Malkia Lydia is making a film about a concert by Eastern High School choir alumni held in honor of the 1988 choir’s historic win at an international choir competition. She discovers the key to the story: a retired DC high school choir director who made a profound impact on three decades of Eastern High School students.


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Superfine Art Fair

Hidden above the food stalls at Union Market in Northeast DC is Superfine!, a pop-up art fair that connects artists to the community and makes fine arts more accessible to the beginning art collector. Superfine! proves that DC has a prominent contemporary visual arts scene that represents the diverse interests and backgrounds of the nation’s capital


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National Air and Space Museum Renovation

Air & Space Museum-Ellen Stofan

The Air and Space Museum is undergoing a major renovation expected to last seven years. It’s still open while it’s under construction; museum director Dr. Ellen Stofan describes what we can expect during and after the project.


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