ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
WELCOME TO THE NATION’S GREATEST SPRINGTIME CELEBRATION!
The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC, and celebrates the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. Today’s Festival now spans four weeks and welcomes more than 1.5 million people to enjoy diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Events are primarily free and open to the public.
2022 OFFICIAL FESTIVAL ARTIST
ABOUT THE 2022 OFFICIAL ARTIST: LEA CRAIGIE-MARSHALL
Born in Falls Church, VA in 1976, Lea showed talent from an early age. A born artist, she spent her childhood taking various art classes with her artist grandmother in the mountains of West Virginia. Lea also found inspiration at home in her mother, also an artist. These strong female influences, as well as visiting her beloved first hometown of Washington, DC on weekends served as powerful forces to mold Lea into the dynamic and compelling artist she is today. Lea is a multidisciplinary, contemporary artist working with various mediums and techniques. Lea was first connected with the National Cherry Blossom Festival as one of 25 artists selected to paint a 2021 Art in Bloom Giant Cherry Blossom Sculpture titled “Crane’s Dance” which now permanently resides at Ward Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ward 7. Lea prides herself on not only using various mediums and techniques but mastering each one. Whether it is through a political/social activism piece, a beautiful landscape, a large-scale mural, or a portrait of one of her favorite artists Frida Kahlo, she hopes to evoke a deep connection within the viewer.
As a CPA firm serving the non-profit community, Rubino partners with the festival to tell its financial story and demonstrate the value and credibility of its financial statements.
A full-service communications and marketing agency, with expertise in media relations and stakeholder engagement, Meraki partners with the Festival to artfully shape and amplify its stories through an inclusive lens.
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