The Little Mermaid

“Then the little mermaid lifted her shapely white arms, rose up on the tips of her toes, and skimmed over the floor. No one had ever danced so well.” (Hans Christian Andersen’s – `Den lille Havfrue’ – 1837) Yesterday evening, The XA Project took pediatric patient families residing at the Children’s Inn at NIH to attend a […]

Spring Smiles

The XA Project held the 2nd annual “The Arts Touching Hearts” benefit concert on March 11, 2016 at the Kreeger Auditorium (JCCGW, Rockville, MD). In line with the theme for the 2016 benefit concert – “A Celebration of Young Artists” – 4 pre-professional ballet schools gave AMAZING performances that evening: Berrend Dance Centre (Founder/Director: Patricia Berrend), Hope […]

Fall and Winter Smiles

It has been a busy Fall and Winter for The XA Project. Here is a summary of the various XA activities that have brought joy and smiles to pediatric patients and families over the past couple of months: November 11, 2015: The XA Project partnered with Imagination Stage to bring patient families from Children’s National […]

NSO: A “Sleepy Hollow”-een Concert Was A “Scream”

The National Symphony Orchestra held the family concert – A “Sleepy Hollow”-een – on Sunday afternoon, October 25, 2015 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Concert Hall. Children and their families, many of them colorfully dressed in wonderful Halloween costumes, attend this lively concert. The Kennedy Center graciously donated tickets for patient […]

Magical Mix, Shared With Patient Families

“…the music take her on a surprising voyage to different and exciting places where she makes new friends, and finds out that music and adventure are even better when shared with others.” (Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure) Yesterday, October 11, 2015, I had the absolute pleasure of attending the world premiere performance – Mariko’s […]

Making kids’ stories come to life!

The XA Project is pleased to be partnering with the Young Playwright’s Theatre (YPT) starting this Fall! On October 5, 2015, The XA Project, in partnership with YPT and The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health, will sponsor a play-writing workshop for the residents of the Inn. At the end of the workshop, […]

Ballet Folklórico de México at the Strathmore

The XA Project, in partnership with the Strathmore Music Center and Children’s National Medical Center, is bring pediatric patients and families to Ballet Folklólrico de Mexico de Amalia Hernández concert at the Strathmore on Tuesday, September 29, 2015! Amazing dancing, beautiful costumes, lively music and the richness of culture! This promises to be a memorable performance for […]

Sharing the magic of music

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone On May 28, 2015, The XA Project, in partnership with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and the Children’s Inn at NIH, shared the wonder and magic of music with pediatric patients and families staying at […]

Ballet smiles

“Alice: How long is forever? White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.” Sometimes one beautiful moment, even just a second, can last (and be cherished) forever in a child’s mind… On May 16, 2015, The XA Project sponsored 4 families from Children’s National Medical Center to attend the Washington Ballet’s Alice in Wonderland performance at the […]

New Partnerships: XA, TCI_NIH, Strathmore & BSO

The XA Project is starting new partnerships with the Children’s Inn at NIH, the Strathmore Music Center and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to share the beauty and joy of the performing arts with pediatric patients (and families) receiving medical care at the National Institutes of Health. On May 28, 2015, we will be bringing pediatric patients […]

TWB Alice in Wonderland

The XA Project is pleased to partner with Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC), The Washington Ballet (TWB), and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to bring CNMC pediatric patients and families to TWB: Alice in Wonderland ballet on May 16, 2015 at The Kennedy Center. Xavier LOVED ballet and was an amazing […]

CESJDS Honors The XA Project

  Pictured above: Mrs. Rebecca Weisman (Principal, CESJDS Middle School), Ilana Kaplan (8th grade student, CESJDS), and Dr. Audie Atienza (Founder, The XA Project) On Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – The XA Project was honored by the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (Rockville, Maryland) Class of 2019 [B’nai Mitzvah Tzedakah Project] and the cast and […]

Classical music and hip-hop collide with joyful smiles :D

I had the honor and privilege of attending “Outside the Bachx” (a world premiere Kennedy Center Co-Comissioned with Full Circle Productions) with pediatric patients and families from Children’s National Medical Center. Bravo to Full Circle Souljahs on a wonderful and inspiring performance – You all ROCK! Thank you for meeting the kids and families after […]

Turning frowns upside-down :)

From the beginning of The XA Project, I had a vision in my mind of what joy and exuberance can look like by bringing pediatric patients to inspiring artistic performances. It is not easily measured nor easy to describe adequately. But it can be readily seen on the faces of young children (and those young at heart) […]

The Arts Touching Hearts concert at Children’s National Medical Center – in honor of Xavier (1/9/15)

On January 9, 2015 – “The Arts Touching Hearts” CNMC concert brought world-class artists to perform for pediatric patients and families at Children’s National Medical Center (Washington, DC). This special performance was held in honor and memory of a wonderful boy who received care at Children’s National Medical Center – Xavier Alexander Atienza. Xavier was […]

The fabulous Sharón Clark to perform at CNMC on January 9, 2015!

The XA Project ( is pleased to announce that Sharón Clark (and her daughter London) will perform in a special concert at Children’s National Medical Center on January 9, 2015 just for pediatric patients! Thank you Sharón (and London)!! Stay tuned for more about the January 9, 2015 special concert for pediatric patients… Sharón Clark […]

“The Arts Touching Hearts” Benefit Concert Tickets on sale NOW!

Tickets on sale NOW to the benefit concert – “The Arts Touching Hearts: A Celebration of Xavier Atienza” – January 10, 2015 at the Salonge MacArthur Theatre, American Dance Institute (Rockville, MD)! Tickets available at: Come see the “wickedly” talented – Eden Espinosa (Elphaba in the musical “Wicked” on Broadway) and Alli Mauzey (Glinda in […]

Share A Lemon Smile :D

Support The XA Project. Take the #ShareALemonSmile Challenge. Help us put smiles on the faces of sick kids and their families through the Arts. Help us share Xavier’s most amazing bright smile with others. 2 lemon wedges, grab a friend, bite into the lemon wedge, and make a HUGE smile with the lemon wedge in […]

The XA Project website launched! Check it out!

The XA Project officially launches its website today – October 1, 2014!! The XA Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity dedicated to bringing bright smiles and joy to pediatric patients and their families through the Arts. Like, tag and share our website: Exciting updates coming soon! Stay tuned!

The XA Project created!!

The Xavier Alexander Atienza Project, Inc. (doing business as: The XA Project) was incorporated as a tax-exempt, non-stock organization in Maryland on July 25, 2014. The XA Project received 501(c)3 tax-exempt designation from the IRS as a public charity on September 3, 2014. Donations to The XA Project are tax deductible under Internal Revenue Code Section […]