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April 2021 Newsletter

DCPS 2021 Arts Virtual Experience Is Coming!

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 and advocating for 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 Washington, DC. 

Upload your open submission and Cornerstone work samples by April 15th

>More info here


DCPS Arts Close Study & Close Listening Examples

In order to provide educators and their students with resources and close viewing and close listening examples of art that is both modern and culturally representative, we have compiled a document of updated close study and close listening examples for visual art and music. This list will ensure all of our students feel seen and proud of who they are in the art. This grouping expands upon the traditional notions of what a comprehensive arts education provides and allows teachers to choose close viewing examples that reflect the students and community they serve relevant to our framework.


DCPS Budget Workshop: Arts Supply Purchasing

Thursday, April 8, 2021 3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Check your calendar for invitation.

This is the time of the year to have budget talks with your principals. Join DCPS Arts for a training on navigating the DC purchasing process. During this session, participants will reflect on their inventory, create a soft needs/wish list with appropriate funding codes, identify which vendors are eligible to provide quotes, and start action planning for SY21 -22.

This session will provide participants with work time and not be recorded live. The deck and a short recording will be available after the training takes place.


Adobe Premier Pro Educator Training

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Check your calendar for invitation.

Join professors Tommy Demos and Eric Cornish in exploring how to use picture-in-picture and multicamera editing in Premiere Pro. This is open to all levels of experience and all arts content areas!


DCPS Jazz Appreciation Month Workshops

To celebrate 2021 Jazz Appreciation Month in April, DCPS is partnering with the Herbie Hancock Institution and DC Jazz Festival to provide various educational events for our DCPS educators and students. We are kicking off Jazz Appreciation Month on March 31! Teachers who sign up for the professional development workshops will receive 2 PLUs for each attended session.

Herbie Hancock Institution Jazz Workshops for Teachers

DC Jazz Festival Student Workshop (3rd to 6th Grade)

DC Jazz Festival presents world-renowned record producer and instrumentalist Nate "Immpaac" Jolley who will lead presentation to students and educators demonstrating the main elements in jazz, hip hop and go-go and their connection. This workshop will provide an interactive experience for your students to learn more about Jazz, Go-Go, and Hip-Hop and its elements. Sign up for your class here.


Arts Teachers Highlight

BJ Simmons, Stuart-Hobson Middle School, Music Educator

BJ released We Wear The Mask in October of 2020, showcasing his talents as a saxophonist. You can find this album on all streaming platforms.

Marla McLean, School- Within-School @ Goding, Elementary Visual Arts Teacher

Marla McLean, Try the Impossible

Daphne Dunston, Kimball Elementary School, Performing Arts Teacher

Ms. Dunston put together "Kimball's Got Talent 2021"


Other Opportunities

  • Virtual Open Sing

Monday, April 26 at 7pm ET Friday April 30 at 7pm ET SING FOR FREEDOM: A SURVEY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT THROUGH SONG Co-presented by Berkshire Choral International & The Washington Chorus Like the collective breath of the Movement, songs were a natural outpouring, evidencing the life force of the fight for freedom… Bernice Johnson Reagon. For centuries communities throughout the world have used music as a form of protest and resistance. It has the power to galvanize communities into political action. In this Virtual Open Sing program, Anthony Trecek-King will explore the music of the Civil Rights movement through an intergenerational communal singing experience that will help to build group identity and foster connection. This two-part series will be held on Monday, April 26 at 7pm ET and Friday April 30 at 7pm ET, with both sessions taking place over Zoom Webinar. All ages are welcome.

  • DCPS Global Leadership Summit (June 28th – July 2nd)

Link to Register (Free for students aged 18 and under. Use code VOSStudent) DCPS Global Leadership Summit Due to demand, the DCPS Global Leadership Summit is extending its deadline and expanding the program to include 9th & 10th graders and C1 & C2 students.

DCPS Global Education is currently accepting applications for the week-long Global Leadership Summit (GLS) this summer! This fully-funded virtual global experience offers DCPS students in the 9th – 11th grade, C1– C3 programs and Opportunity Academies an opportunity to virtually immerse themselves in rich global learning. Participants will engage in workshops, meetings with local and global leaders, interactive trainings, cultural presentations, and advocacy or community projects on the themes of Foreign Policy & Diplomacy, Global Arts – & Culture and Global Health & Environment. Participating students will be provided a free Global Leader Kit, lunch for the week and can earn up to 5 hours of community service. See the attached flyers for more details. The deadline for students to apply is Friday, April 16th and the application can be accessed here.

  • Collage Workshop with Oge Mora, award-winning artist and storyteller

Sunday, April 11

Join award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Oge Mora for a collage workshop designed for all ages and abilities. Experiment with collage techniques and discover how you can transform scrap paper into works of art. Please join the workshop with the following art supplies: various household scrap paper (like newspaper, magazines, pattern paper, colored construction paper, wrapping paper, candy wrappers, or painted paper), 2 sheets of plain paper, scissors, and a glue stick. For more, please visit here.


Check out the DCPS Arts Sway Page regularly for extra opportunities, professional development, field trips, competitions, or grant opportunities for you and your students.

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