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Thank you to all who joined us for our fabulous virtual event on Wednesday, May 19 in support of the remarkable education and gospel music programs of Washington Performing Arts.

Whether you watched Roots & Wings online, made a donation, donated to or won an item in the silent auction, or spread the news about the event within your own community, we are deeply moved by the support of the Washington Performing Arts family of friends, supporters, and colleagues around D.C. and far beyond. We are so glad you celebrated with us—and helped us to honor James J. Sandman, an arts education champion, advocate for equity and justice, and beloved Washington Performing Arts Board member for nearly two decades. 

The great German literary master Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.” At Washington Performing Arts, we agree and embrace this charge.

Education and engagement are at the heart of why Washington Performing Arts was founded: to celebrate and spark curiosity, collaboration, and creativity, and to be a home for all members of our community where they can experience the arts. For more than 50 years, Washington Performing Arts has produced educational programs throughout the community in partnership with DC Public Schools and dozens of embassies, and via our gospel music programs for people of all ages. Washington Performing Arts annually produces more than 800 education and community engagement events that serve over 50,000 participants across the greater D.C. area.

We need your support to power these programs—though our event and our “Make Arts Education Happen” drive have concluded, you can still make a donation online to any program you wish!

Support Washington Performing Arts


 Capital Arts Programs D.C. Keys DC Honor Ensembles Embassy Adoption Program



We are very grateful to the dynamic artists who took part in our show on May 19—made up of artists, teaching artists, students, and staff that bring our programs to life every day!


Open Digital Program


Jenny Lin Dreamers' Circus Matthew Whitaker Children of the Gospel Choir



 James J. Sandman

James J. Sandman has served on the Washington Performing Arts Board of Directors for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles: Chair of Education Programs, Chair of the Audit Committee, Vice Chair of the Board, and always as a principled advocate, generous partner, and loyal friend. Indeed, arts education and equitable access to our programs have been paramount during Jim’s service—he brings our founding motto “Everybody in, nobody out” to life through a shining example.

Currently Distinguished Lecturer and Senior Consultant to the Future of the Profession Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, Jim has had a long and varied career in private practice with a leading law firm, in government service, and as a public interest lawyer. Jim has offered Washington Performing Arts a unique perspective, not only as an arts lover, but also as a past General Counsel of the District of Columbia Public Schools and a current member of the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board. His championing of justice and equity has had national impact and reachJim is President Emeritus of the Legal Services Corporation, the largest funder of civil legal aid in the United States. He practiced law for 30 years with the international, Washington-based law firm of Arnold & Porter and served as the firm’s Managing Partner for a decade, and he is a past President of the 110,000-member District of Columbia Bar.

An active member of nearly a dozen boards and commissions, his leadership within and service to our community is expansive and deeply impactful. Join us in honoring Jim and celebrating the programs that he has helped nurture for decades! 

Jim and Beth Sandman with Jenny Jim Sandman EAP Presentation Jim Sandman Hug Sandman Family




Special thanks to the members of our Board of Directors, Junior Board, and Women’s Committee who led the effort in support of our arts education and gospel music programs!


Event Co-Chairs

Trista L. P. Colbert

Kathryn Jones


 Auction Co-Chairs

Grace Yinhsiu Lin

Elaine Rose



Debbie Driesman

Tom Gallagher

Cassidy Grunninger

Arleen Kessler

André O. Lewis

Glendonia McKinney

Alyssa O’Connor

W. Stephen Piper

Naboth van den Broek

Reginald Van Lee

Gladys Watkins

Carolyn Ross Wilson

Gary Yacoubian

and the Washington Performing Arts Women’s Committee 




Washington Performing Arts is grateful to the members of its Board of Directors and all the sponsors that stepped forward with pre-event support to make Roots & Wings—and the 2020/21 season—thrive!


Blue Sky

Mr. Jeffrey Bauman and Ms. Linda Fienberg

Trista L. P. Colbert and Theodore Colbert

Betsy and Robert Feinberg

Mr. and Mrs. Brad Figel

Tom Gallagher and Barbara Myers

Thomas J. Kim and John F. Olson

Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated

Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather

Mr. James J. Sandman and Ms. Elizabeth D. Mullin




Her Excellency Shaikha Aisha AlKhalifa, Spouse of the Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain

William Alsup and Sunny Jung Alsup

Rudy Burwell and Mona Mohib/Encompass Supply

The Dan Cameron Family Foundation

Michele G. Cober and Brandon Cober/Verizon Washington, DC

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Coulter

Ms. Kelly King Dibble/Northern Trust

Debbie Driesman and Frank Islam

Mr. and Mrs. Burton J. Fishman

Ms. Felecia Love Greer/Pepco, An Exelon Company

Mike and Luanne Gutermuth

Mr. and Mrs. Jay M. Hammer

Daniel Heider/The Heider Group at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Dr. J. Stephen and Mrs. Kathryn Jones

Ms. Janice J. Kim and Mr. Anthony L. Otten/Stillwater LLC

Mr. and Mrs. David Marventano/Fluor Corporation

Lynn Parseghian and Nat Cohen

W. Stephen and Diane E. Piper

Dr. Irene Roth and Dr. Vicken Poochikian

Gordon and Lisa Rush

Drs. Marc Schlosberg and Doreen Moreira and the Schlosberg Family

Ami Scott and Lucius Outlaw III

Arjun and Ami Shah

Peter Shields and Ace Werner/Wiley

Mr. Reginald Van Lee

Philip R. West and Barbara Yellen

Gary and Silvia Yacoubian and SVS Home Audio



Bill and Martha Dudley

Mr. Daniel L. Korengold and Ms. Martha Dippell/Ourisman Automotive of VA



The Albert Family

Arnold & Porter LLP

CHIME (Community Help in Music Education) and Dorothy Marschak

Washington Gas

Carole and Robert Winter



Mark Lowham, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty



John and Sharon Cruden

Mrs. Rhona Wolfe Friedman and Mr. Don Friedman

Ellen Jakovic and David Lipson

The Honorable and Mrs. Jan Lodal

Carol and Douglas Melamed

Ms. Denise Rollins



Ed and Lorraine Adams

Ms. Gloria Allen

Mrs. Nancy G. Barnum

Dr. and Mrs. E. DeVaughn Belton

Jenny Bilfield and Joel Phillip Friedman

Ms. Francesca Britton

Carleene H. Dei

Lisa Dewey

Peter Edelman

Jannes Waples Gibson

Dr. and Mrs. Michael S. Gold

Linda and Bill Goldman

Paula Seigle Goldman

Cassidy Grunninger

Ms. Kaya Henderson

Michelle Hoffmann

Arleen and Edward Kessler

Dr. Arlene King-Berry

Ms. Albertina D. Lane

Ariel Levinson-Waldman

André Lewis and Racquel Jemison

Ms. Esther H. Lim and Mr. John C. Yang

Ms. Grace Yinhsiu Lin and Mr. Morris Chen

Ms. Leslie Luxemburg

Dr. Joseph May and Mr. Brian Pesin

Mr. and Mrs. Rufus W. McKinney

Ms. Cheryl C. McQueen

Dr. Dianne T. McRae

Mr. Camden Miller

Daniel and Betty Moone

Haley Morrisson

 Paola Moya

 Mrs. Paulette Nehama

Ms. Alyssa O’Connor

Elizabeth Racheva and Danail Rachev

Ms. DeVera Y. Redmond

Shebbie R. and William S. Rice, III

Eric Rigaud and Traci Slater-Rigaud

Elaine Rose

Dr. Deborah Sewell

Mr. Jonathon Sorge

Kerrien Suarez

Héctor J. Torres and Jay Haddock Ortiz

Dr. Brenda E. Vaughan

Drs. Anthony E. and Gladys M. Watkins

Ms. Raleigh Wheeler

Mrs. Carolyn Ross Wilson



Ms. Patricia N. Bonds

Ms. Claire Cherry

Ruth Reed Hodges

Karin Hong

Jason Kamras

Ms. Brenda A. Parker

Margarette S. Peterson

Sara Trautman-Yeğenoğlu and Ferit Yeğenoğlu

Meiyu Tsung and Curtis Chang


Special Thanks

Ridgewells Catering

RJ Whyte Event Production

Total Wine & More


Supporters as of May 19, 2021.


Photos Above:

Group 1 (L to R): Participants in Capital Arts Programs; D.C. Keys; D.C. Honor Ensembles; and Embassy Adoption Program, all partnerships with DC Public Schools

Group 2 (L to R): Jenny Lin; Dreamers’ Circus; Matthew Whitaker; and Children of the Gospel Choir

Group 3 (L to R): James (Jim) Sandman and wife Elizabeth (Beth) Mullin with Jenny Bilfield, Washington Performing Arts President & CEO; Jim Sandman presents a gift to then Ambassador of Mexico, Arturo Sarukhan, and his wife, Veronica Valencia Sarukhan, (who are both now Honorary Directors of WPA) in appreciation of their support of the Embassy Adoption Program; Jim Sandman hugs Kaya Henderson, then Chancellor of the D.C. Public Schools, at a Washington Performing Arts event; Jim and Beth, with son Joe Sandman and his husband Jonathan Beam, and daughter Liz Sandman, at a Washington Performing Arts Gala


Roots & Wings Garden Decoration