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The Capital Arts Partnership programs are collaborative long-term partnerships between Washington Performing Arts and DC Public Schools. Washington Performing Arts teaching artists work with DCPS music and classroom educators throughout the school year to support vocal and instrumental ensembles in the areas of jazz, string instruments, vocal music, world music, and dance. The Capital Arts Partnership programs provide students with the opportunity to interact with professional musicians and dancers who, over a period of months, come into the classroom and engage students in playing their instruments, creative movement, learning about various genres of music, appreciating performances, and developing their skills in creativity and improvisation. Other skills that are emphasized include teamwork, discipline, focus, socialization, performance, self-awareness, listening and questioning.

The Capital Arts Partnership programs are specifically designed to meet the Common Core Arts Standards in multiple grade levels and to cultivate a student’s ability to carry out the artistic processes of:

  • Creating
  • Performing
  • Responding

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)

For more information, please contact the Education Team at education@washingtonperformingarts.org.

Support for Capital Arts Partnerships is provided by Pepco, An Exelon Company and Capitol Hill Community Foundation.

Performances related to Washington Performing Arts’s education programs are made possible by Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated.

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 Edith Glick Shoolman Children’s Foundation; 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; Estate of Dr. Josephine S. Huang; Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation; Dr. Robert Misbin; Mary Jo Veverka; The Nora Roberts Foundation; Gary and Silvia Yacoubian/SVS; 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; and Dr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Danks. Includes gifts from September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023.

Additional thanks to D.C. Public Schools for their partnership on many education programs at Washington Performing Arts.

Pepco, An Exelon Company


DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities