Mayor Vincent C. Gray is scheduled to outline his policies on arts and culture in Washington at the annual meeting of Cultural Tourism DC on Thursday.
This address is his first as elected mayor to a group of cultural administrators and supporters.
Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit organization, counts many of the city's museums, theaters and dance companies among its 230 members. It is active in connecting the city's residents and tourists to programs in the embassies and international centers. The organization also sponsors popular walking tours of the city's historic neighborhoods. This year the group is introducing a walk along Georgia Avenue in June and a tour of H Street N.E. in the fall.
Gray has previewed some of his appreciation for the arts. His skill with hand-dancing, a popular Washington style, is well-known. During his campaign Charles "Shorty" Garris of Rare Essence did a campaign video.
Recently he appointed Crystal Palmer to head up the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, a post she had held previously for 23 years.