With its unique combination of traditional performing arts and community participation, Washington Revels blends professionals and non-professionals, children and adults, to create something entirely new. Exploring community traditions in events both staged and informal, large and small, Revels invites us to understand our shared experience at a time when such understanding is much needed and to come together in enjoyment, participation, and celebration. Annual programs include The Christmas Revels (a big, festive, fully-staged celebration of the Winter Solstice in music, dance, and drama seen by over 10,000 people), May Revels, monthly Community Sings, after-school workshops for grades K-6, parade performances, and annual Pub Sings. Five year-round performing ensembles feature a cappella singing across a millennium, African-American traditional music, songs of American heritage, sea chanteys and other songs of sea and shore, and dramatic portrayals of local historical figures. These groups perform over 35 times a year, presenting music and spoken word at a range of venues throughout the region. Washington Revels invites your participation: let the celebration begin!

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: Under our Community Initiative, Revels partners with school, church and neighborhood groups to produce Revels-style community theater, with Revels producing and directing while engaging the people of the partner communities as the performers and part of the production team.

Awards & Recognition

2010/11 Catalogue for Philanthropy

Press

Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Washington Revels is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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