Carpe Diem Arts, Inc.

Bringing the Arts to Life: Engaging Communities across Generations and Cultures

aka Carpe Diem Arts   |   Silver Spring, MD   |  www.carpediemarts.org

Mission

To create opportunities for people of all ages and walks of life to engage in the visual, literary and performing arts, with the goal of building community, strengthening education, celebrating diversity, and promoting creative expression, while also supporting the livelihoods of master teaching and performing artists representing a broad range of cultures and traditions.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Busy Graham

Main address

9207 Long Branch Parkway

Silver Spring, MD 20901 USA

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EIN

81-4336754

NTEE code info

Folk Arts (A24)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Jump Start with the Arts

Jump Start with the Arts is an early childhood arts enrichment program that includes public performances, arts outreach programs, and teacher/parent workshops. The goal is to provide a jump-start to healthy and joyful social and cognitive development in the early stages of learning by engaging young children in memorable, educational, developmentally appropriate, and culturally diverse experiences through the Arts. Jump Start “Family Fun Night Out” is a monthly performance series for preschoolers and families. Proceeds benefit our arts outreach fund for low-income early learning centers and Head Start programs.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

Ukes On The Move! introduces children, teens, adults and seniors to music-making and songwriting via the UKULELE! The project was inspired by seeing the joy derived from learning to play an instrument, at any stage of life. You will find Ukes on the Move! in schools, community centers, after-school programs and summer camps, correctional facilities, senior centers and retirement communities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

CARPE DIEM YOUTH ARTBEAT AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS take place in several area housing developments, serving primarily immigrant and refugee communities and low-income children and families. These programs are offered through creative partnerships with other non-profits, housing organizations, local schools and townships.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

Carpe Diem offers arts-infused French and Spanish immersion camps for grades 3-5, including ukulele, songwriting, arts and crafts, playwriting, field trips, international folk dancing and singing, cooking and yoga. We also offer sleep-away camps for 10-14 year-old girls on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, as well as family retreats, arts weekends, board and staff retreats, with visual, literary and performing arts activities, kayaking, canoeing, and other outdoor recreation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

The Carpe Diem-Revels Community Family Sing takes place on the 21st of each month. Welcoming all ages, we celebrate heritage months, birthdays and holidays, exploring diverse cultures and traditions of song, and providing opportunities to work with master teaching artists, song leaders and composers. Additional offerings include song circles, workshops and choral arts residencies, inviting participants to delve more deeply into a genre or tradition of music and prepare a program for public performance.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

The Silver Spring Community Dance takes place on the second Thursday of every month. The dance provides an opportunity for everyone, all ages, backgrounds, and abilities (no matter how many left feet!) to participate in the experience of dancing to live music, featuring outstanding musicians and dance callers. Our belief is that a community – individuals, couples, colleagues and families, that share in the experience of singing and dancing together tend to stay together – and that participation in the arts promotes health of mind, body and spirit. Our goal is to is to create a welcoming space for children and teens, families and seniors from all walks of life, where we can embrace and celebrate the diversity of our community. The Second Thursday monthly Silver Spring Dance includes contras and squares, circle and line dances, and takes place in the Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Centered on Arts is a collaboration between Carpe Diem Arts and the Montgomery County (MD) Department of Recreation with the goal of arts integration in recreational programming. Professional teaching artists present performances, workshops, and residencies in area community and senior centers -- as part of MoCo Rec summer programs, after-school enrichment, and senior programming. Past offerings include Hip-Hop Dance, African Dance and Drum, Freedom Quilt Banners, a Mural Residency, Puppet-Making, Mosaics, Ukulele, Songwriting, International Folk Dancing, Salsa Dance, Squares and Contras, Swing Dance, Creative Writing, Book-Making, Theater, Decoupage and Collage, and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Providing opportunities for seniors to engage in the visual, literary and performing arts as an outlet for creative expression and a springboard for a new lease on life, benefiting health of mind, body and spirit.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Families

Community arts programming partnerships involve working with area housing and community development organizations to provide cultural arts enrichment programming, celebrating diversity, strengthening education, and building community through shared experiences. Activities include the creation of indoor and outdoor murals, mosaics and other visual arts residencies, music, dance, theater and storytelling workshops, house concerts, and more. Current partners include Generations of Hope @ Genesis House, Telesis Corporation, Montgomery Housing Partnership, Community Preservation and Development Corporation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A bi-weekly e-posting of an aesthetically pleasing compilation of recommended arts events and activities in the greater DC area -- benefitting arts presenters, artists and audiences alike.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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Carpe Diem Arts, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/24/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Allen Perper

retired

Term: 2016 - 2020


Board co-chair

Nanette Alvey

freelance consultant

Term: 2017 - 2021

Javier Negron

U.S. Census Bureau

Megan Gallagher

Urban Institute

Paula Posas

World Bank

Jo Rasi

Washington Revels

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No