January 10, 2017
Take the Polar Plunge and support Special Olympics DC on February 11, 2107 by coming out to Nationals Park from noon to 4:00 pm.
(Photo by: specialolympicsdc.org)
This annual event is one of Special Olympics’ biggest fundraisers, and sustains their many programs that provide recreational and lifestyle support to those with disabilities.
The way it works is simple. Individuals or teams register here, set up a Personal Plunge page where their supporters can donate, and then on February 11th, jump in a giant pool of ice water to the delight of hundreds of spectators and fellow plungers.
The Polar Plunge is the perfect answer for anyone who wants to:
- Give back to a truly incredible cause
- Get the beach bod started early (the only way to do a public pool jump is to look good doing it)
- Do something more unique than run for 3.1 miles. Like dive into a freezing cold pool in February. At Nats Park.
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January 9, 2017
Now throught April 23, 2017, visit The Philips Collection to see15 rarely seen silkscreen prints created by American artist Jacob Lawrence (1917–2001) between 1986 and 1997.
The series portrays the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture (1742–1803), the former slave turned leader of Haiti’s independence movement. L’Ouverture led the fight to liberate Saint-Domingue from French colonial rule and to emancipate the slaves during the 1791 Haitian Revolution, the first successful campaign to abolish slavery in modern history. Lawrence had explored the same subject more than 40 years earlier—when he was only 20 years old—in a series of paintings of the same title (now in the Amistad Research Center, New Orleans). The celebrated paintings, which were featured prominently at the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1939, laid the groundwork for Lawrence’s lifelong interest in the human quest for freedom and social justice.
While he based these later prints on the earlier 11 x 19-inch paintings, Lawrence distilled the story to 15 works from the original 41 panels and significantly expanded their scale. He worked closely with DC-based master printmaker Lou Stovall to translate the colors and fluid movement of the original tempera paint to each composition. In the print series, the narrative follows L’Ouverture from his birth to his rise as the commander of the revolutionary army to his eventual capture by Napoleon’s men. In the original painted series, Lawrence continued the story through the death of L’Ouverture as a prisoner of war in 1803, just one year before Haiti declared independence with the crowning of Emperor Jean-Jacques Dessalines. In highlighting the life of the courageous leader Toussaint L’Ouverture, Lawrence invites us to reflect on Haiti’s transformation from an enslaved French colony to the first black Western republic. At the same time, the series reminds us of the country’s ongoing struggle to overcome poverty and political instability.
Since acquiring 30 panels of Lawrence’s epic Migration Series (1940–41) in 1942, the Phillips has been dedicated to sharing the life and legacy of the artist and his work. The Phillips is excited to present this exhibition—on loan from the collection of Di and Lou Stovall—while The Migration Series is on view at the Seattle Art Museum for an exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lawrence’s birth. Learn more about The Migration Series—including video interviews with Lou Stovall discussing working with Jacob Lawrence—on the Phillips’s online resource LawrenceMigration.PhillipsCollection.org.
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