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  • Diverse Voices event graphics with text and an iconic black and white image of a white police officer and a black student on the historic carousel


    July 9, 2022, 11am – 3pm  DIVERSE VOICES: A Family Event Highlighting Civil Rights History at Glen Echo Park


    Rain or Shine--All elements of this event are indoors or under a pavilion roof!


    RSVP    (RSVP Preferred, not required. There is no check in at this event).


    All Day Activities: 11am - 3pm

    • A Sneak Peek at a Documentary about the Civil Rights History of the Dentzel Carousel (Spanish Ballroom) Details>>
    • Photographs by Young Artists from the Latin American Youth Center (Spanish Ballroom) Details>>
    • National Park Service Exhibition and Tours (Arcade Building) Details>>
    • Food Truck: Jazzy Wings & Things (Cuddle Up Pavilion)  Details>>
    • Reimagine Project: Share Your Vision of Glen Echo Park's Future (Spanish Ballroom) Details>>


    Performance Schedule (Bumper Car Pavilion)

    • 11:00am Councilmember Will Jawando reads a story!  Details>>
    • 11:15am Washington Revels Artist David Fakunle Details>>
    • 12:00pm Story Tapestries Artists Sheila Arnold and Sarah Brady Details>>
    • 1:15pm Washington Revels Artist David Fakunle Details>>
    • 2:00pm Story Tapestries Artists Sheila Arnold and Sarah Brady Details>>


    National Park Service Civil Rights Tours will begin in the Arcade Building Lobby at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Details>>


    More Information

    Storytime with Councilmember Will Jawando 

    Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando will kick off the event with a story reading in the Bumper Car Pavilion at 11:00am.


    A Sneak Peek at a New Film Telling the Civil Rights Story of the Park's Dentzel Carousel 

    Ain’t No Back to a Merry-Go-Round: Black students, White suburbanites, and the desegregation of Glen Echo: A forgotten story of the early Civil Rights Movement. Ilana Trachtman’s upcoming documentary film shows Black students from Howard University and White neighbors from the Bannockburn community near Glen Echo Park came together to desegregate the privately-owned Glen Echo Amusement Park, which was on the site of the current Glen Echo Park. The documentary clips will be available to view in the Spanish Ballroom between 11am and 3pm.

    Watch Ilana Trachtman's lecture here >>


    Storytelling Performances Presented by Story Tapestries

    Voices of the Civil Rights Movement – Sheila Arnold and Sarah Brady, Teaching Artists with Story Tapestries, introduce the voices of civil rights activists as a way to challenge and inspire a younger generation to explore the topic of civil rights and become today’s history makers. They also help to examine the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on later movements, including women, disability, etc. This interactive program teaches audiences about those who paved the way to equality for so many people and everyone will be challenged to raise their voices and join the voices of so many in the past, and just like them. A DIFFERENCE CAN BE MADE! Performances will take place in the Bumper Car Pavilion at 12:00pm and 2:00pm.


    Storytelling & Music by David Fakunle of Washington Revels

    David Fakunle, an artist with Glen Echo Park resident group Washington Revels, reutilizes vocal and theater performance and African storytelling and African drumming in the proclamation of truth. Performances will take place in the Bumper Car Pavilion at 11:15am and 1:15pm.


    Photographs by Young Artists from the Latin American Youth Center

    View the Park through new eyes and "see" new voices through the photography of young artists with the Latin American Youth Center. Visit the exhibition in the Spanish Ballroom any time between 11am and 3pm.


    National Park Service Exhibition and Tours

    In addition to the Civil Rights exhibition in the first floor of the Arcade Building, the National Park Service will offer Civil Rights History Tours of the park and Jr. Ranger activities throughout the day. The tour will explore the Civil Rights issues at Glen Echo Amusement Park and the surrounding area in the early 1960s. Meet a Park Ranger in the Arcade Building for guided tours at 1:30pm and 2:30pm.


    Share Your Vision of Glen Echo Park's Future

    As part of the Partnership's 2022 Re-Imagine Project, we will have a video station available for kids to share their vision of the Park in the future. This activity will be available all day (11am-3pm) in the Spanish Ballroom.


    Food Truck! 

    Enjoy delicious food from Jazzy Wings & Things. The food truck will be parked alongside the Cuddle Up Pavilion.


    Discounted Tickets To Adventure Theatre's Fantastagirl and the Math Monster

    Adventure Theatre MTC is proud to present the World Premiere of the musical Fantastagirl and the Math Monster, running until August 21, 2022.

    Adventure Theatre wants to thank our community's grandparents, to give back just a bit of the love they give to their families every day. To do that, they are offering a 2 for 1 special! Simply choose any performance HERE and use the code when checking out! Feel free to bring an auntie, uncle, cousin, or coach as well! The code will provide one free ticket for every full-priced ticket purchased.

    To learn more about the show, click HERE. We hope you will celebrate this summer with us at this world premiere show! 



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    We invite the public to imagine the Park’s future along with us! Throughout the 2022 season visitors will have the opportunity to be part of this “Re-Imagine Project” through hands-on art opportunities, sharing photos and ideas for the future, and more. Young people will be invited to imagine the future of the Park and share their vision via video, in writing, with drawings. Drawings, selfies, and notes about a future vision will be collected all season long through uploads via QR codes around the Park. 

    Did you know that Glen Echo Park's carousel was central to the civil rights story of the Washington, DC area?

    Learn the Civil Rights Story!