“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”—John F. Kennedy
Early last Thursday morning I received an Instagram DM from a name I hadn’t come across in some time. The message was from Jacob Jonas, the 27 year old co founder of Jacob Jonas The Company. Jacob was reaching out because he would be in Washington D.C. the following day for the latest installment of #camerasandcancers and wanted to see if I’d be available/interested in attending. Having happily attended my first Cameras and Dancers in 2017 I quickly checked my schedule and was pleased to see that I would be available. As I responded to his message I wondered if the event might be held at the new Kennedy Center campus. Jacob would later confirm that the event would indeed be hosted by The Kennedy Center at the REACH.
The REACH is a living theater where diverse art forms collide to break down the boundaries between audience and art. It is an immersive learning center, a public incubator, and a set of dynamic, collaborative spaces where art happens so close audiences can reach out and touch it. After a brief tour of the campus I found myself in awe of this city and all that it has to offer. From the outside in Washington D.C. has such a political reputation. In addition to the SW quadrant Washington D.C. is a creative city and this new creative campus. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, an internationally recognized design-oriented firm, the REACH is a work. The way the campus compliments, reflects and absorbs life is a symbol of pure craft.