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NMWA Holds Open House as Part of Partners in Preservation Program

Apr 24 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) invites the community to the Partners in Preservation Open House. Members of the community are invited to learn more about our history and help us earn points to support our bid to win preservation funding. NMWA will host a free Raise the Roof with Girls Rock! DC Open House. Rock out with Girls Rock! DC at this event for all ages. Youth and adult musicians affiliated with GR!DC will showcase their talents during a series of performances and help you discover your inner rock star on guitar, keyboards and drums during instrument shares throughout the afternoon. GR!DC uses music education to create a supportive, inclusive and creative space for girls to develop their confidence, build community, and rock out. Check out for information about their summer camp for girls ages 8–18.


Ella Moore, 14 years, is a singer/songwriter who performs professionally and is an artist-in-residence at Bloombars, where she is teaching others guitar. She got her start as a percussionist with the DC Youth Orchestra Program but credits Girls Rock! DC with giving her the confidence to be on stage.

Nox is a D.C.-based band composed of four girls between the ages of 12–14 who love playing music: Razi Beresin-Scher, Stella Green, Claire Lewis and Anna Wilson. The band formed in winter of 2009 and its influences include Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Runaways, The Go-Go’s, Helium, Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney, and The Arctic Monkeys.

Forty Whacks is a three-piece from Washington, D.C. Drawing from alternative rock, punk and power pop influences, this adult band layers lyrics dealing with issues of loneliness and isolation over sinisterly-sweet riffs.

Basement Instinct, a band from Baltimore, Maryland, artfully crosses genres. Their music can be described as gritty, soulful, hard-rocking and one-of-a-kind. The band’s influences include Erykah Badu, Radiohead, Sly and the Family Stone, and The White Stripes.

NMWA was chosen to compete in the Partners in Preservation program from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This community-based initiative will award $1 million in preservation grants to historic places across Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. 

As one of historic places selected, NMWA is now competing to win grant funding for our preservation project. Full details on voting terms and how to earn points for sites can be found here. The voting period ends May 10, 2013.

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