Hollywood on the Potomac

World Heritage Day

May 15, 2019

The United States National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) hosted their annual Celebration of World Heritage at the Cosmos Club recognizing this year’s guest of honor – philanthropist, cultural activist and architect of change Henry R. Muñoz, III for his tireless dedication in honoring and celebrating World Heritage and Latinx heritage.  The honor was presented by Douglas C. Comer and Jan C. K. Anderson with special guest Representative Joaquin Castro.

 

Representative Joaquin Castro played a key role in the evening speaking about the importance of World Heritage and the important work of his good friend Henry Muñoz. In past years, notable recipients of the prestigious US/ICOMOS Award have included: Russell Train, Senator Patrick Leahy, Ambassador Esther Coopersmith and last year’s recipient Former Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova.

For decades now, Muñoz has been a leader in Latinx cultural activism, helping to secure the inscription of the San Antonio Missions as a world heritage site by UNESCO and working with the National Park Service at the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Presidential Commission to establish a proposed National Latino Museum.


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#RightToBearArts!

May 13, 2019

“I’m sure many of you know, but it doesn’t hurt to reiterate, that The Creative Coalition educates, activates and mobilizes its members on issues of public importance,” CEO Robin Bronk told a star-studded audience at their Annual Gala at The Intercontinental Hotel located at Washington, DC’s wharf. “We are able to do this through friends like you and especially through corporate citizens, like our partner Optune who is here tonight.”

“We’re a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded by prominent members of the arts and entertainment community who believe it is our responsibility to use our voice to educate and inspire our audiences to mobilize around issues of public importance, primarily the arts. It’s our mission to promote, protect and defend the arts as a basic human need.  So today we did some old-fashioned advocacy. We went door to door on Capitol Hill making sure that your kids, the future generations and communities, will have arts in the schools and arts in public funding.”


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Washington Women in Journalism

April 29, 2019

"Just one anecdote which may say a lot," said MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell at the 6th Annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards at Anderson House in Washington, DC co-hosted by Gloria Dittus, Chairman Story Partners and Washingtonian President and CEO Cathy Merrill Williams kicking off The White House Correspondents' Association dinner weekend festivities. "Forty years ago when I was NBC's energy correspondent covering nuclear power, The Three Mile Island happened. I was assigned to go to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on East-West Highway which was conisdered a safe place for me to report. The bureau chief, a man I ,oved and admired to this day. kept sending, rotating men into Pennsylvania to cover the accident when we didn't know much radiation was actually being released. And every day, every 24 hours another man, male correspondent would go in. And finally by the end of the week I marched into his office and said: 'I'm the energy correspndent. I cover nuclear power. I'm the only one who has not been assigned.' And he said: 'I didn't want to send any women of childbearing age when we didn't know what the radiation was going to be.' And I said: 'Did it ever occur to you that men's balls are as vulnerable as women's ovaries?' He sent me the next day and I basicall stayed for a year.'


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