Tom Prewitt memorial fund set up to aid future generations of aspiring artists

In honor of the legacy of longtime DC-area theater professional and former Executive and Artistic Director of Avant Bard Theatre.

The family of W. Thompson (Tom) Prewitt and the nonprofit organization Embracing Arlington Arts have launched a memorial fund to honor the legacy and contributions of longtime DC-area theater professional and former Executive and Artistic Director of Avant Bard Theatre Tom Prewitt. “On behalf of my mother, Eun-Joo, and the rest of my family, I’d like to express my gratitude for the guidance of the Arlington Community Foundation, and for the support of Embracing Arlington Arts, in helping establish this fund,” said Alex Prewitt, Tom’s son. “I can think of no better way to honor and further my father’s dedication to championing theater in his community than to aid future generations of aspiring artists who share his passion for the stage.”

Tom Prewitt. From a photo by C. Stanley Photography.

The Tom Prewitt Fund for Theatre Arts, which is being managed through the Arlington Community Foundation, will foster Tom’s lifelong passion for mentoring aspiring young theater artists and nurturing theater/community partnerships. “We are honored to be working with Tom’s family to create this Fund in order to help nurture theater students, support school-based theater, encourage youth engagement in local theater, and generally support the performing arts in Tom’s name,” said Janet Kopenhaver, president of Embracing Arlington Arts.

The Prewitt family and Embracing Arlington Arts are encouraging anyone whose life has been positively impacted by Tom — either professionally or as a patron, friend, or family member — to make a donation to the Fund. For information on how you can donate either online or with a check, go to this link.

“Although Tom is missed so much,” Kopenhaver said, “this memorial fund will ensure that his work helping students and young theater professionals that he stressed during his entire career will continue through generations to come.”

Embracing Arlington Arts is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the vibrancy and health of arts and culture in Arlington through advocacy and awareness programs, outreach initiatives, and projects that enhance equitable access to the arts and cultural environment. Interested supporters are encouraged to “follow” and “like” us on Facebook; and follow us on Twitter.

Arlington Community Foundation was established in 1991 to serve as a permanent community endowment built by the gifts and charitable legacies of individuals, families, and businesses for the betterment of Arlington County and beyond. As a grant maker, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the needs of Arlingtonians, and address the most critical issues of our time to ensure that our community provides opportunity for everyone. Learn more at


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