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Music on the Mall

Music on the Mall


The chief sponsorship is WMATA and DC Music and Arts. And I think the public owes you a debt of
gratitude. It shows you that WMATA does more than run
trains and buses. I was wondering if you could tell us how the
program came to be originally? About five years ago, that’s it?
Yeah. In discussions with the National Park Service who does wonderful things here in the evening,
some times games some times various kinds of entertainment, I said, “have you all ever
considered doing some…something on the Mall for workers, for visitors during the lunch
break?” And they said we’d be glad to do it if you
could get us some people who’d work on getting the musicians cause we’re not in the musician
business. And that is how this collaboration came together.
The engagement – that’s what art does – it’s that opportunity to to really make community
happen. WMATA and DC Arts and Humanities has auditions
so you get the best of the best, people who don’t necessarily perform professionally but
could because they are just that good. And we are seeing two of them here to open Lunchtime
Music on the Mall. The opportunity we have to have people get
here via Metro but the opportunity to exchange in really a historic landmark and that is
at the heart of DC.

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