Join us for a lively evening of dancing, drinks, and dinner in celebration of the 40th anniversary of our Embassy Adoption Program!

Featuring a special performance by the
Hot Sardines
Foot stomping jazz in the spirit of Paris and New Orleans
in the 1920s - 1940s

6pm - Kentucky Derby Watch Party
6:30pm - Cocktails and Silent Auction
8pm - Dinner and Program
Dancing to follow

Black tie optional or traditional cultural attire

Gala 2015
Gala Chair Reginald Van Lee
with 2013 Gala artist Matthew Morrison

Leadership in Arts Education Award Honoree
Kaya Henderson (Chancellor, DC Public Schools) 

Gala Leadership
Gala Chair: Reginald Van Lee
Embassy Adoption 40th Anniversary Committee Chair: Jake Jones (Daimler) 
Co-Chairs: David Marventano (Fluor), Rachel Pearson (Pearson & Associates), and Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan (Former Mexican Ambassador to the United States) and Veronica Valencia Sarukhan

Capitol File Magazine is the official media sponsor of Washington Performing Arts' Annual Gala and Auction.

Brian Stokes-Mitchell and Adrienne Arsht
2012 Gala artist Brian Stokes
Mitchell with Adrienne Arsht


Join the Party!
Single tickets $700, including open bar, hors d'oeuvres, three-course meal, performances, dancing, and
silent and live auctions
Young Professional tickets $400 for patrons 40 and younger. Click here to purchase. 
Tables start at $10,000. A portion of your table price is tax deductible. Click here to view the full range of
seating levels.

For more information, or to purchase tickets in advance, contact Helen Aberger during business hours at
(202) 533-1877 or
Please note: Deadline for advance sales is 
5pm on Friday, May 1. 
After the advance sales deadline, tickets may be purchased in person at the gala
beginning at 6pm.

Celebrating 40 years of the Embassy Adoption Program!

The Embassy Adoption Program (EAP) is an arts-integrated academic program offered in partnership with the D.C. Public Schools for 5th- and 6th-grade DCPS students. This remarkable program is the one that could only happen in a city like D.C. and only happens at D.C. Public Schools. Here's how it works:

  • 5th- and 6th-grade DCPS teachers apply to participate in the program
  • Each class in paired with an embassy.
  • Together with an embassy representative, the teacher and class embark on a year-long adventure, exploring their adopted country's history, culture, government, arts, food, geography, and much more.
Embassy Adoption Program
Embassy Adoption Program students with 2014 Gala Diplomatic Chair and South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool

To date, more than 50,000 students have partnered with over 100 embassies representing countries from Australia to Zimbabwe. Students in all 8 wards of D.C. participate. During the 2013/14 school year, The program has received various accolades, including the DCPS award for Outstanding Social Studies Program and the U.S. Department of Education Award for Outstanding International Education Program. Watch our video about the Embassy Adoption Program, or click here to learn more.