Program areas at Strathmore Hall Foundation
Performing arts: Strathmore continues to maintain and operate a world-class, 1,976-seat performing arts and education center, for the comfort and enjoyment of nearly 250,000 visitors year round. It is dedicated to inspiring children to expand their creativity and committed to reaching and serving diverse audiences through the presentation of more than 315 concerts, workshops, classes, and festivals each year. In fy 20, Strathmore's programming was interrupted by the pandemic, but it was still able to present an 8-month, in-person season before mandatory closures and was on track to achieve its most successful year yet. It included concerts with globally influenced perspectives, featuring a variety of international artists. (see schedule o, pg. 44) some of those featured were lila downs, ron k. brown/evidence and arturo o'farrill ensemble, juan de marcos and the afro-cuban all stars, and manual cinema. Strathmore's windows performances in the music center were accompanied by preconcert events, where experts and artists from our community provided context and learning opportunities, while post concert conversations helped attendees connect to each other and share their experiences. Strathmore launched virtual programming featuring artists who would have been featured at its more intimate venues - the historic mansion and at amp. It presented concerts performed by its six artists in residence (air) as part of its live from the living room and live from the mansion series. The air program was created 15 years ago to support artists as they transition to professional careers. Since its inception in 2005, the program has mentored 90 musicians ages 16-32. Every year a class of six is chosen after a competitive selection program. Strathmore artists in residence benefit from the support of mentor musicians, participate in professional development seminars, and are offered extensive performance opportunities throughout the 10-month program.
Visual arts and education: visual arts at Strathmore embraces artists in every medium and from every country. In fy20, a series of original exhibitions in the mansion honored vital artistic voices, brought new audiences to our campus, and helped spotlight talented local artists. This year, Strathmore presented works by david schierer, young artist-on-the-rise mandi moerland, hubert jackson & carolyn goodridge. It hosted group shows by the miniature painters, sculptors, and gravers society, artists of the Maryland pastel society and the studio art quilt associates. Strathmore education responded to the pandemic with extraordinary outreach to montgomery county public schools students and teachers with an online library of more than 100 instructional guides and videos, (see schedule o, pg.44) virtual versions of the 2nd & 5th grader concerts, and spanish-language concerts by artist chris urquiaga for students in the thriving germantown and ymca youth & family programs. In partnership with mcps and the collaboration council, Strathmore hosted its summer art camp online, providing scholarships to students in the linkages to learning programs. And, Strathmore continued its bloom initiative - to amplify access to the arts in east montgomery county. We provided virtual versions of ukulele, step, and hip hop dance classes for students and adults at the good hope neighborhood recreational center in east county.
Retail and operations: Strathmore integrates the local artist community into its programs and operations through its gift shop, which features handmade items and work by members of the local craft guilds, its tea room, where local musicians perform weekly, and through its gallery sales program, which features the work of, and provides sales support for, visual artists. Amidst the pandemic, Strathmore created online versions of its museum shop holiday market and gift shop to expand the awareness of its local artists and extend its revenue options at a critical time. Operations continue to efficiently support the increasing number of performances, shows, educational classes and events on the 16 acre campus and at its amp by Strathmore location. We annually support more than 300 shows (see schedule o, pg. 44) in Strathmore's three venues, concerts for 28,300 montgomery county public school students, and all-campus festivals for thousands of patrons.