The DCPS 2021 Arts Experience is a cumulative virtual festival for DCPS students in Spring 2021 that will involve collaboration with multiple partners. This festival will be a collective display of arts experiences by DCPS students with the intent of emphasizing the importance of arts education. Students will have the opportunity to display the process and product of their involvement in the arts throughout the course of the 2020-2021 school year. The theme of this year's experience will be "Rep My City" which focuses on empowering students and reimagining the future of arts education in DC. 

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An Innovative Virtual Space

Using a virtual reality exhibition space created by a production team, led by Hirschhorn’s Art Lab, Genesis Steam and a group of DCPS students. The students will design and curate virtual 3D exhibition rooms that showcase various students’ works in 2D and 3D artwork photographed, murals, music performances, theater, and dance performances. The audience will enter the virtual space as an avatar to view the interactive exhibition. 

Partners 

Hirshhorn Museum 

Washington Performing Arts 

Children’s Chorus of Washington 

Pulitzer Center 

Transform DC (Patrick McDonough and local artists) 

Student Performance Opportunities

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Music

Experiences:

  • Collective Go-go Style Composition (K-5)

  • Virtual Choral Performance (3-5)

  • Composer Masterclass (9-12)

  • Emerging Artists (9-12) 

  • Open Submissions (Ensembles/Individuals PK-12)

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Visual Arts

Experiences:

  • Emerging Artists (9-12) 

  • Everyday DC (6-8)

  • Transform DC (9-12)

  • Build Day (K-5)

  • Open Submissions (PK-12)

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Performing Arts

Experiences:

  • Emerging Artists (9-12) 

  • Open Submissions (PK-12)

Timeline

Student Nomination Begins

January 18 - February 10, 2021

Submission Portal Opens

February 15 - April 30, 2021

Ongoing Rehearsals & Workshops

February 15 - April 30, 2021

Festival Launches

May 21, 2021