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

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.

DCPS Arts Collaborators Q&A

What areas are best treated by dermal fillers?

Traditionally people talk about Botox helping in the upper third of the face and dermal fillers in the lower two-thirds. This is generally true, although certain areas in the upper face such as some very deep frown lines, crow’s feet, and even drooping eyebrows can be helped with fillers. The most common areas treated are the nasolabial lines (the lines that run from nose to mouth), marionette lines (running from the corners of the mouth downwards) and lips. Often when treating the lower face we also fill out areas of collagen and fat loss, e.g. on either side of the chin.

What will happen during the treatment?

The area will be thoroughly cleaned and an anaesthetic cream will be applied prior to injection, helping to numb the area. If fillers are being applied to the lips, Once numbed, the filler is injected into the area being treated using a small needle. Depending on the area treated, and which filler is to be used, treatment takes 30 to 60 minutes. Recovery time varies, but most people can return to work straight after treatment.

How long does it take for the treatment to take effect and how long does it last?

The effects are immediate and you should be able to instantly get a really good idea of what the final look will be. In most areas what you will see is what you will get, although in some (such as the lips) there may initially be considerable swelling. This swelling will go down within a few days and you should then be able to see the final look. The duration of the effects of treatment depends on the area being treated, but most fillers last about 9 months. Lip fillers last less time – around 6 months – as this area is subject to frequent movements which break down the filler more quickly.

What to expect after the treatment

Temporary redness, swelling, bruising or itching at site of injection; in the case of lip augmentation, there may be considerable swelling for a few days. If you have a history of cold sores and are having lip augmentation, the procedure may cause the cold sores to break out again (the chances of this happening can be reduced by taking anti-viral medication).

  • Allergic reactions are possible but not common.
  • Some palpable material may be felt at the site of injection- tends to be temporary and rarely visible.
  • Infection at the site.
  • More serious but very rare side effects include blistering at the site, formation of granulomas and superficial necrosis.


  • Avoid touching the areas for 6 hours
  • No makeup or lipstick for a minimum of 8 hours
  • Massage the area to avoid any lumps forming
  • Avoid exercise for 24 hours
  • Avoid heat (hot showers, bath, drinks & sun)
  • No sunbeds for a minimum of 3 days
  • If tender apply ice covered in a cloth
  • Witch hazel and arnica tablets/cream help bruising
  • Avoid flying for 24 hours
  • void any dental treatments for 24 hours
  • If clients suffer from cold sores, this treatment may trigger a flare-up