With its unique combination of traditional performing arts and community participation, Washington Revels brings together professionals and non-professionals, children and adults, to explore traditional music, dance, and drama. Revels invites us to understand our shared experience – at a time when such understanding is much needed – and to celebrate that experience together. Annual programs include The Christmas Revels (a big, festive, fully-staged celebration of the Winter Solstice seen by over 10,000 people), May Revels, monthly Community Sings and Contra Dances, after-school workshops for grades K-6, parade performances, and annual Pub Sings. Five year-round performing ensembles feature a cappella, African-American traditional music, songs of American heritage, sea chanteys, 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. 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
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- $1 million to $3 million
- The current budget for Washington Revels is: $500k to $1 million
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