Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design, Corcoran Gallery of Art public programs records
Scope and Contents
The records of the Public Programs office include program files for specific events, press clippings, and publications dating from 1994-2011.
- Creation: 1994-2011
- Corcoran Gallery of Art (Organization)
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This collection is open to research.
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This history was prepared in 2019 by George Washington University SCRC staff with the support of the Luce Foundation.
The Public programs office was created in 1994, originally under the heading of Special Programs, renamed to Special Projects in its first year, and finally to Public Programs in 1995.
The Public Programs office focused on creating engagement and fundraising opportunities through programs open to both the public and members of the Corcoran. Programs included lectures, concerts, and plays, often drawn from the local D.C. community.
In September 1994, the department began publishing a booklet called Night & Day at the Corcoran that contained a calendar of events and descriptions of programs coming to the Corcoran. In 1995, it expanded to a full bi-monthly magazine called just Night & Day, which combined information from the Corcoran Calendar publication and program descriptions from Night & Day at the Corcoran.
Night & Day greatly increased exposure for the Corcoran, and helped raise membership numbers at a time when the Corcoran was beginning to regain its footing after a period of financial turmoil.
The Public Programs office continued to provide public programing to visitors to the Corcoran until the dissolution of the Gallery in 2014.
99 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
The Public Programs office operated from its creation in 1994 to the dissolution of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2014. The Public Programs office was responsible for creating engagement and fundraising opportunities through programs open to the public and members of the Corcoran. The Public Programs office also published Night & Day, which contained a calendar of events and descriptions of upcoming programs. The records of the Public Program office include program files for specific events, press clippings, and publications and date from 1994-2011.
Organized into five series: Program files, financial records, and calendar productions; Events; Musical Event Series; Art sales and commissions; and Trips
Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Corcoran Institution Board of Trustees donated these records to The George Washington University in 2016.
In 2016, Special Collections undertook a processing project to gather folder titles and date data for the boxes in this record group. The series were created using the description provided by the Corcoran Archivist that included a brief description for each box.
- Guide to the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design, Corcoran Gallery of Art public programs records, circa 1995-2011
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English