Dorothy McSweeny

Culture is all about interacting with what’s around us as both the subject and object of representation. A driving force that inspires cultural change and through which cultural change is depicted is art. Dorothy McSweeny could be called the queen of the arts. Not only has she been instrumental in founding such organizations as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing arts and the National Symphony Orchestra, she also contributed to the inception of the Washington Ballet, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. And that’s not even all of them!

Her contributions to organizations promoting the causes of arts and entertainment have garnered praise of the National Assembly of State Arts Agency (NSAA), which awarded her with the Distinguished Public Service Award. She has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award and was elected to the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame in 2011.

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