The Montgomery County (MD) Chapter of The Society Incorporated has played an active role in the support of arts programs throughout the county. Over our 25-year history, we are a proud partner and supporter of several arts initiatives:
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Black History month celebration
Montgomery County NAACP ACT-SO competition
Walter Johnson High School music department
Princess Mhoon Dance Institute
Strathmore Summer Intensive Program
Annually, the chapter provides scholarships to high school seniors in the Montgomery County and Washington DC area to recognize and honor outstanding achievements in the arts. Scholarship recipients are recognized at the chapter’s bi-annual showcase.
The Montgomery County Chapter is proud to be a member of The August Wilson Society (AWS). AWS was founded at Howard University in 2006 shortly after the passing of August Wilson. The mission of the organization is to support and foster a community of instructors, students and theatre enthusiast who remain committed to August Wilson’s legacy of promoting and safeguarding the rich narrative of the African American past.
August Wilson was born on April 27, 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He wrote his first notable play, Jitney, in 1979 for which he earned a fellowship at the Minneapolis Playwright Center. He later went on to premiere Fences on Broadway in 1987, earning he playwright his first Pulitzer Prize as well as a Tony Award. His work is timeless and tells unique stories about the African-American community.
This spring, members of The Montgomery County Chapter and friends will watch Seven Guitars at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. We encourage you to support the August Wilson Society and learn more about upcoming events at: http://library.howard.edu/AWS/events.