Over three years ago, we faced a challenge.
We needed a new gala-type fundraiser for DC SCORES, but how could we differentiate it and make it stand out from the dozens of galas that dot the District's event calendar?
Additionally, how could we connect it to our mission, to what the coaches in our schools accomplish every day during a typical DC SCORES season?
What we came up with, aided beginning last year by the event-planning firm EVOKE, was the Inspired Art Gala — a night where guests would enjoy many of the traditional aspects of a traditional gala but with twists.
There would be cocktails and Hors d'oeuvre, but they would be served off soccer-themed tables. There would be a silent auction of artwork, but every painting, every photograph, and every piece of abstract art would be inspired by an original poem written by a DC SCORES student. And, finally, the night would be capped off with performances from some of our most outstanding poet-athletes.
The design was unique. And it was a bit risky.
How would the Inspired Art Gala be received?
Well, after two years, the answer is clear — it's a big hit, and we're sticking with this winning model.
After two years at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, we're moving the Gala this spring to the Carnegie Institution of Washington.
The Gala is Thursday, May 17, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and will feature the following:
- 30 pieces of inspired artwork to bid on
- Cocktails and an array of hors d'oeuvres
- The Inspiration Award is presented to two influential and visionary leaders
- And, finally, the audience is treated to individual and group poetic performances by poet-athletes, who autograph the event programs afterward
In the coming two months, we will give you a sneak peek at some of the art that will be featured as well a couple of the performances.
For now, don't hesitate to get your ticket(s) as they are limited.
Or learn more about becoming a sponsor of the event.