The Club is now raising money to support two of our performance companies:
Daniel Burkholder / The PlayGround and Eigenvalues

When you invest in the Improv Arts Commissioning Club your money goes directly to supporting the creation and performance of dance and music. Returns on your investment include the generation of outstanding, uncompromising art, as well as the generation of new opportunities for community and civic engagement, in ways that only the arts can deliver.

Specifically, this spring the Commissioning Club is sponsoring two unique projects: Daniel Burkholder / The PlayGround's FREE performance of their 3-year project, My ocean is never blue, at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park along the Anacostia River; and the development and presentation of new work by Jonathan Matis and Cameron McPhee's text-sound performance group, Eigenvalues.


Join Daniel Burkholder / The PlayGround in bringing together diverse audiences for a performance of My ocean is never blue on June 22 at 6:30pm at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park.

Exploring our multi-faceted relationships to water and highlighting the Anacostia's unique history and ecological challenges this FREE performance will reach children, families and a wide cross-section of our community. With your help we can present this unique work of art, bring more awareness to our local environmental concerns and create a memorable performance.

Since this performance will be free to everyone, we need your support to make it happen.


Eigenvalues is just beginning work on a major new project: “Deaf Justice,” a text-sound performance piece that examines pivotal moments in U.S. history when egregious injustices were upheld by the Supreme Court. They will be constructing the piece from text found in the ridiculous Bush v. Gore decision, as well as other historical missteps by the court, such as Plessy v. Ferguson, Dred Scott v. Sandford, Korematsu v. United States, and a few lesser known travesties.

As our environment becomes more and more media-saturated, spoken language (and all manner of sound stimulus) is more easily ignored. By blurring the lines between music and literary art, Eigenvalues aims to create an unusual context for re-hearing the music of spoken words that is both artistically compelling and socially relevant.

Eigenvalues was just awarded a small grant from the Puffin Foundation to begin work on this project. We need your help to bring it to fruition.

In a time when government and institutional support for risk-taking art is near zero, The Improv Arts Commissioning Club pools the contributions of individual supporters to fund the creation and performance of extraordinary art.

You can make a tax-deductible gift online. Simply click the "Donate" button on the right.

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Improv Arts, Inc.
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

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Daniel Burkholder / The Playground



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