Photograhs for Fund Raining

Artists, like pop musicians, are fundraisers, too. That seems to be the message of a new project called Visual Aid.

All of the proceeds from "Visual Aid," a coffeetable tome featuring the work of well-known art photographers like Annie Leibovitz, will be donated to the USA for Africa organization. The $30 book, to be published in October by Pantheon, also will include work by Robert Mapplethorpe, David Bailey, Sheila Metzner, Matthew Rolston, Herb Ritts, Lord Snowdon, Greg Gorman and Andy Warhol.

Inside will be photographs that Pantheon promises will "individually impress and shock" -- such as "a nude Sting covered with desert mud; Madonna and Sean Penn entwined face to lap . . . " There will be simultaneous launchings of the book at as yet unchosen photo galleries in New York City and Los Angeles in late September.

Orchestrating Disney

What will the National Symphony Orchestra and Bruce Springsteen have in common after July 17? Both will have played Capital Centre, home of tractor pulls, Bullets games and rock concerts. The NSO will venture into Prince George's County to participate in a Disney-produced theatrical production July 17 and 18. "The Disney Symphonic Spectacular" will feature the entire 104-person orchestra, more than 200 volunteer performers and Disney characters, and the 50-voice Masterworks Chorus from Montgomery County.

Participation in the Disney spectacular is aimed at making the orchestra more accessible and broadening its audience, says NSO spokeswoman Patty O'Kelley.

Plans for the NSO's annual July 4 concert on the Capitol's West Lawn include appearances by Sarah Vaughan and Andre-Michel Schub and the world premiere of "Salute to the Services," composed by Henry Mancini as a special commission for this year's concert. Mancini is expected to attend. Also in the lineup: a musical tribute to 85-year-old composer Aaron Copland, who can't be there.

Talented Students

Steven Johnson, a high school senior from Bethesda, and Leslie Watanabe, a Rockville senior, will be among 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts honored by President Reagan today. Johnson, honored for writing, and Watanabe, a visual artist, displayed their talents yesterday at a reception at Wallace Wentworth Gallery. Tonight the Arts Scholars give a performance in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The Congressional Arts Caucus honors them tomorrow at a special breakfast.

Departing Curator

So far there are no plans to replace the Hirshhorn Museum's chief curator, Charles Millard, after he leaves Friday for the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina.

"I want to take another look at the curatorial department, and to give some thought to a possible reorganization of the department," said Hirshhorn Director James Demetrion. Demetrion had nothing but praise for Millard. During his tenure "the museum moved forward in its collection of 19th-century sculpture, for example. I don't know of another collection in this country that can compare with it." He called the 1980 Joan Miro exhibition organized by Millard "one of the best shows that I've seen of any artist."

Visiting the Orient

A number of Washington-based arts groups will travel to the Far East in September as part of the Royal Pacific Cultural Exchange. Going to Bangkok: the Buck Hill Quartet with K. Shalong, the Mike Crotty/Deater O'Neill Quintet and the D.C. Contemporary Dance Theater. Going to Peking: the Howard University Jazz Ensemble with Lisa Rich and the Dance Union . . . Some of the best new art in Washington can be seen Saturday at a 17-gallery Dupont Circle area show, the "New Talent" show. This is a repeat of last year's successful cooperative effort; since then, three more galleries have relocated to the Dupont area -- Anton, Foundry and Studio -- and will participate in the show . . . No need to fight New York City crowds. An 1886 model of the Statue of Liberty, one of five models cast by Fre'de'ric Auguste Bartholdi, goes on display Thursday at Meridian House.