National League of American Pen Women

Outreach Committee Report

October 15, 2011

The Outreach Committee presently consists of all of the members stated in the June 25, 2011 report.

The Outreach Chair has been in touch with members of her committee to advise them of opportunities, which have presented themselves in the DC region.

Two of the organizations with which we began a relationship, and which we were told hold non-profit status, have failed to materialize into proactive partnerships. Our previous report indicated contact with the National Poetry Museum and the Alexandria Academy. The Abraham Lincoln anthology books, which we had hoped to donate to the Academy, are undeliverable, and we are presently planning to deliver them to another entity. Also, we have learned that the National Poetry Museum has disbanded.

Our Committee wishes to share with the Board and with branch outreach chairs across the country that positive interactive relationships with community groups must bear total transparency. It is imperative that we identify ourselves as our mission states, and we must demand transparency from any group with which we affiliate. In this manner, we will avoid involving ourselves with projects, which will have an unfavorable outcome. Our mission is to provide charitable services, material goods and our professional and educational expertise, but we must protect the interests of NLAPW.

We are presently still working with the Black Artists of DC (BADC), although the October Art Exhibition at the Pen Arts Building has been cancelled. BADC introduced us to the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in DC, and Committee Chair Anna Di Bella, Founder of Fore Angels Press, has shipped forty copies of the Dragon Who Lives Next Door to the church. The Reverend Emmet Young, III, has gratefully acknowledged that the books were utilized in their summer camp program. They are also planning to use the books in their fall school program. This donation represents NLAPW’s effort to serve youth needs in the region.

Contact was made with the Dean of Arts at the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts in August as had been requested, but we were advised that the school was not prepared to provide a student for a composition award at this time. It is expected that a composition award will be presented to a student composer in the D.C. area within the next few months. Music Chair Linda Nash will work with Outreach to facilitate the presentation of this award.

Our relationship with the Black History Museum is ongoing and will come to greater fruition during this school year.

The Outreach Committee is exploring a partnership with the American Women Writers National Museum and will report any further information.

The most exciting news to report at this time is that the National Women’s History Museum has invited the National League of American Pen Women to be the forty-third member of NWHM’s National Corporate Coalition. NLAPW has accepted the invitation and our website presently acknowledges our partnership with the museum. Director of the Museum, Joan Wages, provided us with a cordial and informative bulletin of the possible interactions that NLAPW may share with NWHM in the future. The Outreach Committee will be exploring options of programs and projects, which may be of service to the museum. We have sent a copy of the Lincoln Anthology and a copy of Mary Surratt: An American Tragedy, authored by Elizabeth Steger Trindal (Pen Woman Mary Trindal, Valley of Virginia Branch), to NWHM’s Library.

The Outreach Committee will make itself available to the Biennial Chairs, Trish Wootten and Dr. Deborah Roebuck, and to the National Classification Chairs to augment programs being planned for the remainder of its Administration.

Respectfully Submitted by,

Anna Di Bella

National Outreach Chair

National League of American Pen Women

National Outreach Report

Board Meeting

June 25, 2011

The committee presently consists of: Anna Di Bella, National Outreach Chair (All Cities Branch), Eleanor O’Sullivan (All Cities Branch), Gail Ferguson (Tacoma Branch), Lois Howard (La Jolla Branch).

National Board Members:

Treanor Wooten-Baring, Second Vice President and Advisory to Committee (Delta Branch)

Trish Wootten, 2012 Biennial Chair, (DC Branch)

Anne Hoiberg, Strategic Planning, (La Jolla Branch)

Candace Long, Development, (Atlanta Branch)

Sylvia Hoehns-Wright, Public Relations (Member at Large)

The Outreach Committee has been moving ahead with plans for outreach projects in the DC area and nearby regions.

· The Alexandria Academy invited representation from the Outreach Committee and future participants in the Academy’s musical program to the students’ graduation ceremony. Trish Wootten and Barbara Nunes attended on behalf of the committee. Linda Nash, National Music Chair, will help coordinate music programs at the Academy. Barbara Nunes will perform with her dulcimer when the school reopens in September.

· Fifteen books of the Abraham Lincoln anthology have been offered and accepted by the Alexandria Academy. The Sappey guidelines will also be provided to the school, always with the intent to utilize the project prepared in the last administration.

· Contact has again been made with the National Museum of Women in the Arts. We have learned from the Membership Committee that there are corporate memberships. It appears that the least expensive of the corporate memberships is $1500.00. At this time, this is not possible for NLAPW, but a corporate membership should be considered in future administrations. Education Department Director is Deborah Gestin. The NMWA calendar appears to be complete for this administration. At this time, we will reach out to our membership to prepare proposals for programs at the museum.

· The Black Artists of DC (BADC) has committed to the October exhibition at the Pen Arts. Both, the BADC President, Amber Robles-Gordon and BADC Archivist Mr. Daniel Brooking have visited the building and have decided that they do not wish to use our aluminum panels for exhibition. National Art Chair Jamie Tate and the Outreach Committee are hoping that the exhibitors will be permitted to hang their pieces in the living room, dining room and foyer of Pen Arts, using only nails that are presently in place at this time. The BADC has appointed a curator for the exhibit, and this person will hang the exhibit with assistance from BADC and NLAPW members. Art pieces presently hanging will be stored at our premises.

· The Outreach Chair has spoken with the Dean of Arts at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and we are planning to present a composition award to a student composer at the October program. Music Chair Linda Nash will be in touch with the Dean of Arts at the school after August.

· Forty copies of The Dragon Who Lived Next Door, published by Fore Angels Press, and donated to NLAPW by Anna Di Bella, have been mailed to the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. for use by their students in the summer and fall program. Reverend Young is most appreciative of this donation.

· We are awaiting information from Becky Schergem, National Advisor for NWHM Coalition, regarding partnership with the museum.

· Contact will be made with the Freelancers Union in New York City. The union has virtual webinars and other nationally-based programs accessible and affiliated to the freelancer. We believe that Freelancers’ services will be of interest to members and help us to develop an outreach project for non-members.

· Contact was made by Trish Wootten with the Black History Museum in Alexandria, VA. We will be in contact with them the week of June 29, 2011.

· We are intending to reach out to the Women’s Caucus in the Arts of Greater Washington, DC. This organization, which has a national base, is primarily involved in promoting women in the visual arts.

PW: Respectfully submitted by Anna Di Bella, National Outreach Chair

NLAPW Outreach Mission Statement:

The NLAPW’s Outreach Program is dedicated to providing community based educational programs through our national offices, state associations and branches located throughout the United States. The purpose of this outreach is to advance the creative arts and increase an awareness of the need for all citizens to have equal access to the enjoyment of art, literature and music.


The NLAPW’s Outreach Program will:

Encourage all of its state associations and branches to become pro-active in community-based educational, mentoring, and charitable activities in art, literature and music in order to better meet the criteria expected of a 501(c)(3) organization.
Offer quality seminars, workshops and outreach programs designed to promote artistic, literary, and musical creativity for members and non-members.
Enhance the programming and increase the membership of all of its state associations and branches.
Establish a basis for the formation of new branches in those areas where no branches currently exist.
Promote the standing of the NLAPW locally and nationwide.