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I’m off to Washington, DC for PastForward, a conference of people saving places that matter.
I was awarded a diversity scholarship so I’m particularly looking forward to the PastForward Diversity Summit sponsored by the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture. During a Twitter chat on Friday, I invoked an African proverb to underscore why diversity matters:
Some of the diversity sessions will be livestreamed. You can sign up to be a Virtual Attendee at no cost. You also can join the conversation via Twitter using the hashtag #SaveDiversePlaces.
Since 2002, April has been designated Jazz Appreciation Month. This year’s celebration was kicked off with a big bang. The Smithsonian announced the LeRoy Neiman Foundation has donated $2.5 million towards the expansion of jazz programming.
The foundation also donated “Big Band,” a painting by LeRoy Neiman.
Neiman considered the painting “one of the greatest in his career.” Four of the 18 iconic jazz musicians have been inducted into the Philadelphia Walk of Fame – John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday and Gerry Mulligan.
The painting is now on display at the National Museum of American History.