Opening date set for D.C.’s latest landmark museum

The  Smithsonian Institution has announced that the highly-anticipated National Museum of African American History and Culture is slated to open September 24, 2016. A week-long celebration will also coincide with the opening of the new landmark museum. (WBJ, 2/2)

The National Museum of African American History and Culture has amassed a collection of 11 exhibits to trace the history of slavery, segregation and civil rights. Some of the collections will also illustrate African-Americans’ achievements in the arts, entertainment, sports, the military and the wider culture.

Related: In 2013, Dr. Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, spoke to our community about the enduring relevance of history to social change efforts today. (Daily, October, 2013)

– Who Should Pay for the Arts in America? (Atlantic, 1/31)

REGION/ECONOMY | The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments recently released their 2016 State of the Region: Economic Competitiveness report. The report  measures a wide range of indicators – from graduation rates to Gross Regional Product and poverty levels to parks – to assess the region’s current and future economic health. (MWCOG, 1/13)

Angela Jones Hackley has been named the interim Executive Director of DC Trust. Previously, she served as the former Vice President of Philanthropic Services and interim president of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

– Local social profit leader Amanda Andere has been selected as CEO to lead Funders Together to End Homelessness, a national funder coalition focused on ending homelessness in America.

– The Fauquier Health Foundation recently announced a new name, new look, and more than $2.5 million in grant funding for small and large community projects in 2016. Fauquier Health Foundation will now be known as the PATH Foundation, which stands for Piedmont Action to Health.

– Following the tragic loss of her grandson due to alleged child abuse, a grandmother is advocating for reform to boost mental health services in Maryland that she believes could save other families from going through what hers did. (WaPo, 2/1)

Why Are So Many Middle-Aged White Americans Dying? (Atlantic, 1/29)

NATION/ECONOMY | Why Some Still Can’t Find Jobs As The Economy Nears ‘Full Employment’ (WAMU, 1/31)

We’re counting on you, Potomac Phil.

– Ciara