Arts Education Partnerships


Opportunity through Partnership with Signature Theatre as part of the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival: Click here for more info on competition

Arlington Central Library

Hosts the annual Scholastics Gold Key exhibit in January and provides additional opportunities for students to exhibit their works.

Music Teachers National Associations – Lesson Links

This project was started by local arts educator Joanne Haroutounian. Music teachers recommend students who need scholarships for private lessons to Lesson Links.

Cultural Affairs Division and Pick-a-Poet

This program invites local published poets into Arlington Public Schools to provide poetry writing exercises in the classroom and allows students the opportunity to talk with the poets. During the 2008-2009 school year, the program, called Pick-a-Poet provided opportunities for over 110 classroom visits. Teachers contact the Humanities Project office to make arrangements for the poets. Students are then encouraged to participate in the Moving Words Poetry Competition, which puts poetry on Northern Virginia Metro Buses.

Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers in partnership with The Kennedy Center

The partnership between Arlington Public Schools and The Kennedy Center provides professional development opportunities for APS teachers and administrators to increase their knowledge and appreciation of the arts and to help them integrate the arts into other areas of the curriculum.  Workshops are offered throughout the school year for Arlington Public School teachers.  Kenmore Middle School, Drew Elementary, and Abingdon Elementary also participate in the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts, a program to help teachers incorporate the arts as an integral and necessary component of a comprehensive education.

Arlington Independent Media

Arlington Public Schools partners with Arlington Independent Media on the Document Arlington Project (DAP), an apprenticeship program in documentary film making for APS students.  For 5 weeks during the summer, high school students create two mini-documentaries on Arlington-related topics.  A screening is held each fall and the documentaries can be seen on Arlington Independent Media, Channell 69.

Signature Theatre

Each year, Arlington-based Signature Theatre partners with Wakefield High School to produce an original one-act play based on an historical period or person.  The project—Signature in the Schools—culminates in a series of free performances in mid-February for APS high school students.  The Humanities Project works with Signature to disseminate information about this opportunity to teachers, distribute the study guide/prepare students for the performance,  and assists with student transportation.

Arlington Public Schools also recognizes arts partners at individual schools and thanks for following organizations for their continued support:

Arlington Philharmonic Association (Nottingham Elementary)

Art Institute of Washington (Henry Elementary)

Bowen McCauley Dance (Kenmore Middle)

Choral Arts Society of Washington

Classika Theatre (Hoffmann-Boston Elementary)

Educational Theatre Company (Arlington Mill, Arlington Traditional School, Jamestown Elementary, McKinley Elementary)

Imagination Stage (Campbell Elementary)

Jane Franklin Dance (Randolph Elementary)

Joy of Motion (Gunston Middle)

MHz Networks (Hoffmann-Boston Elementary)

National Museum of Women in the Arts (Claremont)

Pla-ZA Art Supplies

Old Dominion Photo

The Comedy Spot (Washington-Lee High School, Yorktown High School)

United States Army Band (Kenmore Middle, Washington-Lee High School)


Virginia Commission for the Arts

Whole Foods