2019 has just begun and IF has been working with new partners and organizing a new kind of public discussion series.
In January IF partnered with Culture Saves and D.C. Public Libraries to bring live music performances and conversations about the future of the arts and society to the public. In this winter series, violinist Michelle Kim and cellist Igor Zubkovsky played some masterpieces from their classical music repertoire; after which the audience sat around tables and shared their impressions, questions and concerns about the future of the arts and society. As an IF facilitator, I was happy to see that by the end of the two sessions the participants had explored all the possibilities in our The Future of Arts & Society discussion guide.
After the winter series, several participants told me how much they appreciated sharing the wonderful experience of live music and conversation with their fellow citizens. I think that it is sad that such experiences are becoming increasingly rare as we spend more and more time staring at our various screens.
In the spring series, we will have four events that will feature four different musicians, locations, and likely discussion guides. This time we will meet in four different libraries around Washington D.C. and will aim to explore not only multiple perspectives, but multiple topics as well.
For this series, we partnered with a few new partners: the D.C. Government’s Department of Aging and Community Living, the D.C. Public Library, and Iona Senior Services, and Around Town DC. We are excited about these new partnerships and grateful to our partners for providing meeting facilities, food, and help in promoting these events.
If you’re in town, please join one or more of these discussion series. You can always find more information on our website and Facebook page.