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Virtual Speaker Series - The Carter Barron Amphitheater: History, Present, and Future


Tue 03 / 21 / 2023
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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The Carter Barron Amphitheater: History, Present, and Future

Speaker: Tony Richardson

The Carter Barron Amphitheater is a historical and cultural landmark located within Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC. From 1950 to 2017, the 4,200-seat outdoor amphitheater brought diverse communities together to celebrate the confluence of urban outdoors, nature, and the performing arts. As a federally-owned and operated venue, it was fully integrated in the 1950s, which was unique at a time when other concert venues were segregated. 

Due to structural issues and long-term rehabilitation needs, the amphitheater has lain dormant for the past 5 years. Join us for a virtual presentation that will explore the past, present, and future of the Amphitheater and hear from Tony Richardson about the ongoing efforts to support the National Park Service in reopening this iconic venue and ways that the community can get involved.

Tony Richardson is the Senior Manager of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at the Rock Creek Conservancy. In this role, he leads efforts to increase awareness, engagement, access, and stewardship throughout Rock Creek Park. Born and raised in Washington DC, Tony is intimately aware of the barriers that communities can face when trying to connect with nature. He seeks to use his personal and professional experiences to make Rock Creek Park more welcoming and inclusive for all Washingtonians. Tony has been involved in environmental conservation for his entire career and previously worked for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). He has served in a number of volunteer leadership positions with national non-profits, including Outdoor Afro and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Tony is currently on the Board of Directors for the Partnership for the National Trail System, and serves as co-chair of the Board’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

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