Capital Arts Partnership

The Capital Arts Partnership artist residencies are collaborative partnerships between Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artists and DC Public Schools music and classroom educators.

These school-year residencies provide in-classroom interactions with Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artists in areas of vocal and instrumental music and dance. Students build teamwork, learn new genres of music, explore creative movement, and develop skills in improvisation, discipline, focus, self-awareness, and listening.

Program Components

Capital Arts Partnership program components provided by Washington Performing Arts include:

  • Up to 20 classroom sessions with Washington Performing Arts teaching artists; scheduled and designed with the partner teacher
  • One culminating performance for the full school population by Capital Arts Partnership students and teaching artists
  • Tickets and transportation for students, teachers, and families to attend Washington Performing Arts main stage concerts and events when available
  • Public performance opportunities for Capital Arts Partnership students when available (e.g. Millennium Stage, National Cherry Blossom Festival, National Building Museum)


The Capital Arts Partnership program is a partnership of D.C. Public Schools and Washington Performing Arts.

Support for Capital Arts Partnership program is provided by Pepco, An Exelon Company and Gary and Silvia Yacoubian/SVS

Special thanks to Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated, and The Edith Glick Shoolman Children’s Foundation.

Education programs at Washington Performing Arts are made possible in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities; U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program; The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Philip L. Graham Fund; Park Foundation, Inc.; Mr. Bruce Rosenblum and Ms. Lori Laitman; The Boeing Company; Prince Charitable Trusts; Mr. Peter Buscemi and Ms. Judith Miller; Events DC; Sunny and Bill Alsup; Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation; Dr. Robert Misbin; Mary Jo Veverka; Washington Performing Arts Women’s Committee; Dina Al Sabah and David Alden; The Nora Roberts Foundation; CHIME & Dorothy Marschak; Dimick Foundation; Graham Holdings Company; Mr.+ and Mrs.+ Herbert Milstein/The Greene-Milstein Family Foundation; Peace Love and Joy, in memory of Arman Simone; Venable Foundation; George Wasserman Family Foundation, Inc.; Dr. W. Stephen and Diane E. Piper; Ms. Sara E. Sanders/Sanders Foundation; Dr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Danks; Capitol Hill Community Foundation; and The Charles Delmar Foundation. Gifts as of November 27, 2023.


Contact the Education team.