About the Fund

The Lisa J. Flaxman Fund for the Celebration of the Arts honors the life of Lisa J. Flaxman, a North Chevy Chase and Rosemary Hills mother who passed away on January 14, 2009 after a long battle with breast cancer. Lisa actively supported performing arts and other charitable endeavors in our schools and community. This fund will honor Lisa's legacy of support for the performing arts in our community. Funding may be used to support performing arts celebrations, elementary school artist-in-residence programs, public school community performances, and scholarships for local students to attend performing arts institutions and/or to gain access to private arts instruction. 

The Lisa J. Flaxman Fund for the Celebration of the Arts is part of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Area, a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS.

About Lisa

Lisa J. Flaxman graduated from Brown University (1987) and Georgetown Law Center (1994), and was Founder and CEO of musiKids, Inc., which has brought music to thousands of young children in Montgomery County. Through musiKids, she published musiKonnections, a monthly e-newsletter linking the community. in 2007 Lisa was awarded Maryland Top Innovator for founding muisKares, a program to collect recorded music for area hospitals, especially pediatric wards, to help relieve patient anxiety. In recognition of her leadership and community involvement, Lisa was chosen as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women (2007) and received the first Women Business Owners Of Montgomery County Saphire Award (2006). She mentored women entrepreneurs as co-Founder of mompreneurcoach.com and Women's Entrepreneur Group (WEG). Lisa was a prolific writer: co-authoring the cookbook Peanut Butter Stew and Couscous Too with Aviva Goldfarb; editing Lombardi Voices, a poetry anthology of patient writings published by Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Caner Center's Arts & Humanities Center; publishing articles on early childhood music and featured in articles, television and radio discussing breast cancer and the arts. Lisa also was a performer—a coloratura soprano who sang opera, art song, musical theatre, folk, children's music.

Above all else, Lisa was a joyous, funny, bright light who fiercely loved her family and community, embraced the world with open arms, sang loudly in the kitchen while cooking, and shared herself with the world through her poetry and spirit. 

Lisa Judith Flaxman | June 21, 1965 – Jan 14, 2009

Glances at Time

A young mother's journey with breast cancer

by Lisa Flaxman

Celadon Vase

Pale moon luminescence graduates into celadon sky

Graced by silhouetted wing beak and stem

Etched from carbon skin

Poised on floating caps of stalks and straw

Tilted heads playfully provoking

Under eastern light

I fall in love over and over

Wondering at the creator of such

A tiny perfect world

100% of purchase price goes to the Lisa J. Flaxman Fund for the Celebration of the Arts