The Anacostia Gracious Arts Program - A Wonderful Artistic and Social Cause

Photo by AGAP
Two AGAP participants
Two AGAP participants

Co-founded by long time Georgetowners, Eugene and Margie Quinn of Winfield Lane, the Anacostia Gracious Arts Program (AGAP) is a Southeast, DC afterschool arts program that teaches students how to create, implement, and sustain a personally life-affirming outlook by using the arts and faith-based ministry to build self-esteem, camaraderie, purpose, growth, discipline, and creativity.

AGAP works with children ranging in age from 6-16, providing visual arts, drumming, dance, voice, drama, photography, and homework help to low-income children who live in the Benning Heights neighborhood. The program helps the students express their innate artistic talent by asserting their roots in their immediate community and by referencing the goals of "One City," as a whole.

The student’s lives are further enriched by wonderful trips and camps.  This summer, AGAP's visual arts students recently attended the program’s annual Immersion Arts Camp in Newport, Rhode Island.  In addition, some of the dance, drumming, voice, and theatre students participated in the 2nd Annual Summer Excursion in Anne Arundel County, "Bay Day.”

In speaking with Joan Sapp, AGAP Director of Development, I learned that in 2012-2013 AGAP will strive to strengthen its mission as a positive artistic and social force in the city by exposing its students to even more cultural venues and working artists via enabling the students to use their skills, confidence, capability, and aplomb to become helpers, interns, volunteers, and docents at other local arts institutions. 

Another long-term goal is for them to eventually become working artists, themselves--via presentations of their works in local galleries (visual arts and photography)  giving poetry readings; narrating the books of local children's authors; taking privately-funded music and dance lessons, participating in artistic competitions, being extras in local plays and operas, and becoming AGAP's future community teachers and advocates.

Please contact Joan Sapp, AGAP Director of Development, at 301.893.4493 or to learn more, donate, or volunteer your time to this enriching and positive program.  AGAP is a registered 501(c)(3).