The D.C. Community Humanities Council has honored Warren Robbins, founder of the National Museum of African Art, and the D.C. Public Library System for their outstanding contributions to the community.
The honors were conferred Nov. 8 at the council's third annual Public Humanities Award program.
Robbins launched the Museum of African Art in 1964 and served as its director until 1982, when it became part of the Smithsonian Institution. He now serves as founding director emeritus and senior scholar at the museum.
Robbins also is the founder and director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Communication, as well as a lecturer for the State Department. He is the author of "African Art in American Collections."
The D.C. Public Library was the first institution ever to receive an award from the council, which paid tribute to its extensive resources for the humanities.
The library serves the District with the Martin Luther King Jr. Library downtown, 20 branch libraries, four community libraries and one kiosk branch. In addition, it offers services for immigrants and the deaf.
The award was accepted by Hardy R. Franklin, the library's director since 1974.
The award recipients were selected from a pool of nominees by the council's 23-member selection committee. Artist Awarded Fellowship
Zoe Briscoe, a local artist, has been awarded a $5,000 fellowship by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities to continue several outreach projects in the arts and organize an exhibit of her work.
Briscoe, a visual artist and educator, received a bachelor's degree in art and English from Fisk University, then went on to pursue a master of fine arts at Howard University.
Briscoe's work includes batik, tie-dye, embroidery, jewelry and handmade paper designs. She has exhibited her work at The New Art Center and The Sumner School Archives in Washington, as well as various galleries in Maryland, Atlanta, Texas and New York.
Briscoe has been the artist-in-residence with Tomorrow's World Art Center, the Capital Children's Museum and the Art Barn, all of which are in Washington.
For two years, Briscoe has been an arts education consultant and work site supervisor for DC Art/ Works. During that time, she developed the curriculum for the "Creative Textiles" workshop, which provided hands-on training for young people 14 to 21 years old. Moot Court Competition
A team of Catholic University students has won the appellate moot court regional competition and will go on to compete in the national finals in New York City in February.
In the regional event, held Nov. 15 in Philadelphia, the CU group defeated teams from Georgetown University, George Washington University and the University of Maryland.
The team consists of Kate Kenealy, Joe Hopkins and Tina DiFranco, all of whom are second-year students at CU's Columbus School of Law. The team is coached by third-year law student John C. Dougherty.