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April 7, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Creating art from darkness

ARTS & HUMANITIES
– Without sight (or close to it), these DC-area artists are creating beautiful pieces of art. The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, with George Washington University, had its second art exhibit showcasing the work of visually impaired artists on Thursday. (WaPo, 4/5)

At the first one, in 2015, “Visitors on opening night were awestruck by the abilities of people with vision loss to create such masterpieces,” said Jocelyn Hunter, Columbia’s senior director of communications. “They did everything but come out and say, ‘I am shocked.’ Their faces said it all. I’ve had people ask me, ‘Well, how can the artists do it? How precise, how clean the lines are.’ ”

Some of the show’s participants have been practicing their art for decades. Chris Downey worked as an architect for 20 years before losing his sight in 2008; now he teaches architecture at the University of California at Berkeley, focusing on design and accessibility for people with vision loss.

– Here’s some advice for arts nonprofits as they continue normal operations during turbulent times for funding. (NPQ, 4/2)

PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: Nonprofits and foundations can work together to ensure the needs of the communities they serve are met. (Chronicle, 4/6 – Subscription needed)

HOMELESSNESS| Bank of America and Calvary Women’s Services partner to empower women in the District. (Calvary Services, 3/31)

INCOME | Many Americans don’t have enough savings to deal with unexpected expenses. (Atlantic, 4/5)

WORKFORCE | Kaiser Permanente planning huge expansion in Prince George’s (WBJ, 4/6)

COMMUNITY | The United Way of the National Capital Area is seeking individuals to review proposals for its School Year 2017-2018 Out-of-School Time Grant Competition. Click here for more information. Perspective reviewers must submit resumes by Monday, April 10, 2017 at 5pm.


Social Sector Job Openings 

Market Coordinator, Community Affairs Mid-Atlantic | Capital One– New!
Director of Community Engagement | Association of American Medical Colleges– New!
Director of Data Services | GuideStar USA, Inc.
Community Affairs Contractor – Engagement, Capital One Cafés | Capital One
Executive Director | International Association for Volunteer Effort
Executive Director | Catalogue for Philanthropy
Associate Director, Policy & Communications | Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers 
Administrative Associate
| Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers 

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Theater lovers! DC will be the first U.S. audience to hear In the Heights in Spanish.

– Kendra

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