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Kennedy Center Launches Anti-Racism Commissioning Project

 The Kennedy Center—with its resident companies, the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and Washington National Opera (WNO)—will commission works by composers of color, responding to racial crimes and injustices across the US. 

The initiative is called the Cartography Project—named for its intention to be a musical map, tracing events that have caused outrage and activism. The goal is to promote healing and understanding, and the commissioning organizations hope that fellow arts organizations will be inspired to take up similar projects.

Some of the shorter orchestral commissions may be debuted by NSO virtually as soon as this fall. NSO and WNO musicians are members of Local 161-710 (Washington, D.C.).

Louise Slaughter

Remembering Arts Leader Representative Louise Slaughter

Louise SlaughterEastman School of Music Alumni String quartet comprised of members of AFM Local 161-710, under the leadership of AFM 161-710 President Edgardo Malaga and Secretary-Treasurer Marta Bradley, performed the prelude and postlude at the US Capitol Sanctuary Hall April 18 for a Congressional Memorial Ceremony for the late Honorable Louise Slaughter (D-NY). Representative Slaughter was co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, a tireless friend of the arts, and a longtime personal friend of the AFM. It was her tenacity, with the help of the Arts Caucus, that kept federal funding alive for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, public school music programs, as well as full funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She was responsible for making the arts available to every American through her work with the 161-member Arts Caucus. She also served as a ranking member of the House Rules Committee.