Every stroke of the brush, stitch of the needle, or moment of the memoir uniquely marks our society and contributes to our national character. This month, we recognize the ways the arts and humanities have forever changed our country, and we recommit to ensuring every American has the opportunity and the freedom to question, discover, and create. — Barack Obama, President of the United States of America
Washington, District of Columbia, October 1, 2015 – Gamma Xi Phi, the professional fraternity for artists, is participating in National Arts & Humanities Month, an annual celebration of culture coordinated by Americans for the Arts, through local and national programs and projects. Gamma Xi Phi members will commemorate the 30th anniversary of National Arts and Humanities Month by sharing their favorite works of art on social media with the tag #ShareYourArt, participating in local “Creative Conversations” with artists and arts administrators, and by celebrating the founding of Gamma Xi Phi in local chapter events on October 7, 2015.
Gamma Xi PhiCelebrating National Arts & Humanities Month
On Saturday, September 26, 2015, after their regular chapter meeting, the members of Beta Chapter in Washington, DC, took a trip to see the culminating performance of the Step Afrika! Step Xplosion Tour. A free performance series sponsored by the City Fund, Step Xplosion toured all eight wards of Washington and closed out in Ward 4 at the Raymond Recreation Center in the Petworth neighborhood.
Gamma Xi PhiDistrict of Columbia Chapter Supports Honorary Member and Step Afrika
The Newark, New Jersey Chapter of Gamma Xi Phi Professional Arts Fraternity, in conjunction with the People’s Open Mic, co-hosted an Open Mic Showcase on Wednesday, September 15, 2015, at Newark’s Gallery Aferro. The Gallery is a staple in the Newark arts community. Members of Gamma Chapter as well as individuals from the community participated in the showcase.
Gamma Xi PhiNewark Chapter of Arts Fraternity Co-Hosts Showcase
Beta Chapter of Gamma Xi Phi Professional Arts Fraternity held an Artists’ Vigil in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day on Thursday, September 10, 2015. Brothers and Sisters in the District of Columbia chapter welcomed the public to assemble in remembrance of those artists and entertainers who were lost to suicide and in support of those artists dealing with depression and other mental health issues.
On Saturday, August 15, 2015, Gamma Xi Phi Professional Arts Fraternity hosted A Celebration of Service and Fraternalism, a public program honoring National President Rashid Darden. It was held at the Greater Tried Stone Baptist Church in the Columbia Heights Section of Washington, DC.
Gamma Xi PhiA Celebration of Service and Fraternalism
In honor of National Black Business Month 2015, Gamma Xi Phi is proud to share with you six organizations who are not only leaders in the community, but our peers in the realm of professional fraternities and sororities. These sororities represent thousands of professional women and 452 combined years of service to the world and the business community. All of the sororities below are affiliates of the National Council of Negro Women.
Last week, National President Rashid Darden spoke on the importance of supporting local artisans. Today, we will share ten craftsmen and craftswomen with Etsy stores in honor of National Black Business Month 2015.
Gamma Xi PhiBlack Craftsmen and Craftswomen of Etsy
Brothers and Sisters, families and friends, visitors to this website: I welcome you to the next era of service to the arts.
As you see, the new theme of Gamma Xi Phi is Investing in Artists for the Community and the World. As we developed this theme, we reached out to several organizations to share the importance of collaborating with the fraternity. One potential partner outright asked me: “Why a fraternity? Why not just an association?”