Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture
WISH LIST: $100: art materials and activities for 200 children; $500: supplies for 40 volunteers to maintain the Park's historic buildings; $2000: 5-program pilot series for local seniors
A step into Glen Echo Park is a step into history. It began as a Chautauqua Assembly in 1891 before serving as a popular amusement park for nearly 80 years. And since 2002, the Glen Echo Park Partnership, in collaboration with the National Park Service and Montgomery County, has orchestrated the park’s incredible revitalization – populating the park year-round with vibrant arts, cultural, educational, and recreational activities and preserving the historic Spanish Ballroom and Dentzel Carousel. Last year, it drew 420,000 visitors for concerts and exhibitions, environmental education and history programming, children's theatre and creative movement. An active social dance program attracts 64,000 swing, blues, waltz, and contra enthusiasts every year. The Partnership also sponsors free public festivals and events throughout the year, including the Washington Folk Festival, which draws 10,000 visitors, and the Labor Day Art Show, which showcases over 250 local artists. To ensure that resident arts organizations can focus on developing their own programming, the Partnership handles marketing and administration. Your support helps usher in another dynamic century in Glen Echo.