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Clients in the News – January 2014

Let’s catch up on Avalon clients’ year-end doings and what’s coming up in 2014:


Tortoise Cam• Move over, Giant Pandas! The Galapagos Conservancy’s website now features a 24/7 Webcam starring the Galapagos’s famous giant tortoises. And before you think tortoises couldn’t possibly be as entertaining as pandas – check them out for yourself! The webcam covers lively juveniles as well as their more stately elders.

• Registration is now open for the Kennedy Center’s International Arts Leaders Forum – a two-day summit of influential artists and arts leaders discussing critical issues facing the global arts community. The event runs from January 31–February 2. For more information, visit the Kennedy Center’s website.

• The 26th-annual National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change is coming to Houston, January 29–February 2. This groundbreaking conference is hosted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which describes it as “…the premier annual organizing and skills-building event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and their allies.” Go to the Task Force’s website for more information, including riveting programs from the last two conferences.

• Be sure to check out National Geographic’s wide range of public programs, including exhibits, speaker series, films, and special events at its headquarters in Washington, DC and in select locations around the U.S. and abroad. Explore National Geographic’s website to find an event near you.

• The National Museum of Women in the Arts presents a fabulous new exhibit – opening January 17 – of pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago’s ground-breaking work. Judy Chicago: Circa ’75 celebrates Chicago’s 75th birthday, and examines 13 of her artworks that paralleled and influenced the U.S. feminist movement of the 1970s. Find more information at NMWA’s website.

• On January 17, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center holds its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, paying tribute to the life and legacy of one of the 20th century’s most inspiring leaders. This year features a performance by Dance Theatre of Harlem. For tickets and more information, visit NJPAC’s website

• Change is in the air for many of Avalon’s clients! Harry P. “Hank” Lynch began his tenure as Farm Sanctuary’s Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer in mid-December; The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recently opened a new office in Palo Alto, California to bring the organization closer to the technology companies that play an important role in the effort to protect children from abduction and sexual exploitation; National Trust for Historic Preservation just relocated to the historic Watergate office complex in Washington, DC; and late last year National Parks Conservation Association named W. Clark Bunting as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.