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February 27, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Homeless filmmakers show their reality in DC

ARTS & HUMANITIES | DCTV ( a local television station in DC) has partnered with Street Sense’s Filmmakers Cooperative to offer filmmaking classes to homeless filmmakers. Participants who complete the course will receive three DCTV certifications in producing, videography and Adobe Premier editing. The cooperative was created to help individuals who are or who have been homeless show the reality of homelessness in DC. (Street Sense, 2/14)

Sasha Williams, one member of the co-op enrolled in the DCTV program, filmed one of the co-op’s previous documentaries and finds videography to be a powerful method for sharing her experiences.

“Creating my documentary really was life changing,” Williams said of “Raise to Rise,” a film about her and her young daughter’s journey from D.C. General to their own home. “It took courage to show everything so raw, to put my personal experience up on the big screen.”

Related: Join us for our next Brightest Minds series with Roberta Uno where she will talk about the impact of demographic changes on arts and culture, and why we should put the arts and artists at the forefront of community change. Register now

CSR | WRAG’s Corporate Philanthropy Affinity Group recently met and discussed how companies can prepare their employees for nonprofit board service. Katherine Abib, WRAG’s program assistant, reflects on the lessons learned here. (Daily, 2/27)

LOUDOUNCommunity Foundation for Loudoun & Northern Fauquier Counties‘ Executive Director Amy Owen discusses the often unseen needs in Loudoun County and how this affects charitable giving in one of the highest income counties in the country. WRAG has partnered with the community foundation and a group of cross-sector county leaders to identify needs in Loudoun County and brainstorm ways to address them. (InsideNOVA, 2/23)

Related: Join WRAG and the Community Foundation for Loudoun March 1st as we launch the Faces of Loudoun project, a community awareness campaign designed to elevate the face of need in Loudoun County. Register now

RACIAL EQUITY | The Institute on Assets and Social Policy and Demos have partnered on a new tool, the Racial Wealth Audit. This interactive online tool uses real examples to help policymakers and advocates explore and understand the causes and effects of the racial wealth gap. (IASP and Demos, 2/24)

IMMIGRATION | Northern Virginia senators have announced $8.4 million in grants to three organizations assisting unaccompanied minors who fled Central America with services such as temporary shelters and foster care programs. (InsideNOVA, 2/25)

HEALTH 
– Another Victim of Federal Medicaid Cuts: DC Schools (DCFPI Blog, 2/23)

– DC Councilmembers have introduced a bill that would require insurers to fully cover several preventative health services if ACA is repealed. (WBJ, 2/24)

PHILANTHROPY | Funders are giving more to help organizations that are responding to the new administration’s policies that harm vulnerable communities. (Chronicle, 2/24 – Subscription needed)

HOUSING | The past, present and future of the District’s Brookland neighborhood. (UrbanTurf, 2/24)


Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn has inspired fashion.

– Kendra

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