VisArts Creates a New Art Installation a...

On Friday, November 3rd, The Metropolitan Center for the Visual...

DC Artist Launches New Graphic Novel

Science fiction meets the aftermath of the 1960s civil rights...

The Kreeger Museum Presents Phase I of C...

The Kreeger Museum reopened to the public on Tuesday, September...

National Museum of Women in the Arts Fou...

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Commission on the Arts...

Gateway Community Development Corporatio...

The Gateway Community Development Corporation (GCDC) welcomed four community leaders...

DC Open Air: Interpreted

DC Open Air: Interpreted, part of the 202 Arts and...

National Museum of Women in the Arts Hos...

Female and female-identifying artists are frequently overlooked in the art...

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities...

Craig Kraft, internationally known light sculptor has been commissioned by...

2017 Trawick Prize Award Winners Announc...

The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, a juried art...

Alexandria’s CSA for Art Makes Collect...

The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts has launched...

Bringing in The Community.
This year, the Art [email protected] team is expanding partnerships with our surrounding community to bring our local resources into the heart of our curriculum. We feel strongly that by using our community as a classroom we can develop the connections between our students and the Gateway Arts District to produce some of the most culturally relevant programming yet. What does it mean to incorporate the community into our classes? It means local chefs teaching fun nutritious lessons in our classrooms, students visiting urban farms for our gardening program, and regular classroom visits ... Read More
Published on Tuesday, September 15, 2015By Nehemiah Dixon III
So long Summer.
Videos by Lark DixonIt has been a wild, wonderful, creative summer season. Take a look at some or all of the amazing moments that we caught on video! ... Read More
Published on Monday, September 14, 2015By Juliana Molina
Founders Blog – Creative Day
It’s been a little over a month since the Art Works board of directors approved the Creative Day Policy where full time salaried staff at Art Works are urged to work 72 hours, create or learn for 8 hours, and get paid for 80 hours per pay period.I have taken two creative days during this time. The policy is life changing.Turning off the world to actually do a Creative Day is not easy (at least in the beginning). But the results are magical. I am an artist and have been ... Read More
Published on Tuesday, March 10, 2015By Barbara Johnson
A day at Kids Create with POWER. Guest Blogger
“I am using a Coping Saw on this 1¼” dowel, Mr. Nehemiah,” says Molly, who is 10 but will soon be 11, as she assures me.  Molly clamps the dowel to a 1”x4” base that was pre-drilled and is clamped to the table. She pointed to her sketch of the Beatles themed Marti Gras float she’s designed and explains her drawing to me, “This shows three vantage points: the top view, a side view, and a front view. This row is taller than that row so you can see all ... Read More
Published on Wednesday, February 25, 2015By Nehemiah Dixon III
Give the gift of creativity.
I learned early on that the role of the teaching artist is more about giving to my students than it is about lecturing at them. The reason to give is simple. When we give, we share our moment-to-moment experiences in the ways that we know how.  Whether we do it through story, music, or the visual arts, being in a place of giving opens up the possibilities for receiving. I learn from the children I teach, perhaps even more than they learn from me. I give all I have and, ... Read More
Published on Wednesday, November 26, 2014By Nehemiah Dixon III
Just a Snippet
A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe. — Mihaly CsikszentmihalyiAs a new art educator at Art Works, I am thrilled to be working with the amazing children, parents, teaching artists, and community partners who have gathered around this small (but mighty!) art center that is growing exponentially each month.For example, last summer when my colleagues here learned of an opportunity to apply for a public art commission related to the environment, the first thing we thought about was, “How can we ... Read More
Published on Thursday, October 16, 2014By Juliana Molina
Founders Blog – The Dalai Lama and Pharrell walk into a bar…
Today one of our world’s greatest spiritual leaders led the prayer on the Senate floor in Washington, DC.This is what His Holiness, the Dalai Lama said: With our thoughts we make our world.Our mind is central and precedes our deeds.Speak or act with a pure mindAnd happiness will follow youLike a shadow that never leaves.May there be joy in the world.With bountiful harvest and spiritual wealth,May every good fortune come to beAnd may all our wishes be fulfilled.As long as space remains,And as long as sentient beings remain,Until then may ... Read More
Published on Friday, March 7, 2014By Barbara Johnson
Founders Blog – Art Works @ School and Beyond
How often did you paint or draw or sculpt as a kid?I asked myself this question today and I can’t really come up with an answer.I thought back to my experiences growing up in Prince George’s County attending Catholic school some years and public schools others. The images that flashed in my mind included hand turkeys and cotton ball clouds on blue construction paper.I got a flash of being in 8th grade and being chosen along with Donna Zanetti to create a paper cut out manger scene for the horizontal ... Read More
Published on Sunday, January 26, 2014By Barbara Johnson
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