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DCPS Arts work collaboratively with multiple arts organizations to develop and execute programming that connects the classroom curriculum with external experiences. Many of these enrichments are a part of the DCPS Cornerstone program that supports foundational student experiences present in all schools across the district. The following deep, multi-year collaborations create transformative student experiences in DCPS Arts.

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Music & Performing Arts

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DC Keys 

A collaboration with Washington Performing Arts and launched in 2017, DC Keys is an instructional model that places the keyboard as the central instrument of instruction in DCPS music classrooms.


DCPS Honors Ensembles 

A collaboration with Washington Performing Arts, The Washington Chorus, and Children's Chorus of Washington that brings top-performing students together to create a yearly themed concert on a transformational topic.


DCPS Music & Performing Arts Festival 

 A collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that provides any DCPS ensemble the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center for peers, friends, family, and adjudicators

Visual Arts


DCPS EverydayDC 

A collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis reporting, EverydayDC is a digital visual literacy program in middle grades program that provides students with experience as a photojournalist and asks them to take control of their own narrative. The program culminates in a student-curated citywide exhibition and is derived from the EverydayDC cornerstone curriculum for grades 6 through 8.

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Transform DC 

A collaboration with local artist Patrick McDonough, Transform DC is a mural project where students work collaboratively to create large scale murals that are installed either at their base school or as a part of a city-wide culminating installation. The murals are a part of the Transform Cornerstone curriculum for grades 9 through 12.

DCPS Arts Collaborators

Children's Chorus of Washington

DCPS Arts works closely with numerous organizations. This list only contains the organizations that signed a MOA/MOU or contract with us. If you are interested in becoming an official partner with DCPS Arts, please see the flow chart below.

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