Mary Day Scholarship


Elvi Moore is Founder and President of The Laurel Fund for the Performing Arts, an arts organization which seeks to identify and assist talented young artists from the diverse communities in the greater Washington, DC area, and to promote all the performing arts in the community. Prior to this, she served for sixteen years, first as Executive Director and then as General Director of The Washington Ballet, an organization which encompasses a professional ballet company and an internationally renowned ballet school. Ms. Moore has served on the Board of Directors of Dance USA, the national service organization for professional dance, and on the Board of Directors of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. She was a member of the Advisory Dance Panels of the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She has also served on the Advisory Panels of the Massachusetts Council for the Arts, the New Jersey Arts Council and the North and South Carolina Arts Councils. Ms. Moore has served as an adjunct professor at the Department of Performing Arts at American University. Prior to joining The Washington Ballet, she was Director of Corporate and Foundation Development for the National Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Moore was on the faculty of the University of Chicago for a number of years and served as a dance consultant to the Illinois Arts Council before she moved to Washington in 1980.

Ms. Moore is the author of Mary Day, a grande dame of dance in the nations capital. The book was awarded a Silver Medal for Best Non-Fiction Book in 2010 by Independent Publishers, Inc.

Victor Shargai, who has been a leading designer in New York and Washington for nearly thirty years, began his professional career at the age of 11 as an actor. In addition to appearing in stage, television and radio productions, Mr. Shargai studied and performed at the Bristol "Old Vic" in England. Mr. Shargai earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater and English from Queens College in New York, and began his design career in set and costume design both on and off Broadway. Later, Mr. Shargai attended the New York School of Interior Design, and has worked throughout the United States and Europe. His firm, Victor Shargai and Associates Inc., specializes in interior architectural design as well as interior furnishings, including antiques, art work, and artifacts. He is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers. In addition to his work as a designer, he serves Chairman of the Helen Hayes Awards, and serves on the Board of Directors of Signature Theatre and Studio Theatre.

Ms. Moore is passionate about the visual and performing arts, and finding ways to provide access to them for traditionally underserved youth. Throughout childhood, she was privileged with music and art lessons, including attendance at the Interlochen Arts Camp for many summers. Her decision to attend Oberlin College was influenced by the fact that she could take classes at the Conservatory there. In her professional life, she is an educator, having worked as a teacher in Japan, Cambodia, and the United States. Since 1998, she has done her teaching in the museum setting, as a Museum Educator at a children’s museum and an art museum. For seven years, she developed and implemented programs, curriculum, and exhibitions at the Boston Children’s Museum; currently, she oversees the development and delivery of all teacher and school programs offered by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, serving nearly 65,000 school children over 500 pre-collegiate teachers annually. Ms. Moore serves on the Boards of the Massachusetts Art Education Association, the Oberlin Shansi Centennial Celebration Committee (Oberlin, OH), and the Laurel Fund for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC), and she volunteers for the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (Boston, MA). Ms. Moore holds an M.A. in Anthropology (George Washington University) and a B.A. in East Asian Studies (Oberlin College).

Ms. Moore has recently published two children's books on Japan: Japanese Traditions, and All About Japan, both published by Tuttle

Mary Day

Mary Day (1910 - 2006), founder/director of The Washington Ballet, has won the title of "Grand Dame of Ballet in the Nation's Capital." A native of Washington, her vision was to establish in her home city an organization that would be recognized nationally for its standards of quality. The Washington Ballet professional company and the Washington School of Ballet are the culmination of that vision. Miss Day's gift for developing young talent has been recognized throughout the world. The New York Times' Anna Kisselgoff said, "Mary Day of The Washington Ballet must be doing something right. Her former pupils are among the best dancers around...." She has been honored for her devotion and dedication to the arts in Washington, and received numerous awards including an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Shenandoah Conservatory, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Mount Vernon College, the Mayor's Arts Award, WETA-TV's "Woman of Achievement" Award, the Cultural Alliance's Founders Award, and the first Chautauqua Dance Award of Excellence in Teaching. Miss Day has been named "Washingtonian of the Year" by Washingtonian Magazine and honored by WGMS Radio, Howard University and the National Theater Corporation.

Honorary Board
Barbara Harrison, WRC TV news anchor
Michael M. Kaiser, President, The Kennedy Center

Mrs. Colin Powell, Vice-Chair, America's Promise

Advisory Committee Members
Alicia Adams - Vice President for International Programs, The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.
Robin Berrington - President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (retired), Washington, D.C.
Ralph Beyer - Senior Vice President, Ticketmaster
Dana Tai Soon Burgess - Dancer, Choreographer, Moving Forward Dance Co., Washington, D.C.
Abel Lopez - Associate Producing Director, Gala Hispanic Theater, Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Cover Payne - Executive Director, Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington

General Counsel
Arnold and Susan Lutzker, Lutzker & Lutzker, L.L.P.

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