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DC Public Education Fund hosts DCPS Art Night at the Mandarin Oriental


This event comes to us from Caroline Phillips:

WASHINGTON, D.C.: On May 24, 2011, the DC Public Education Fund’s Young Professional Committee hosts a reception celebrating the work of DC Public Schools student artists at the Mandarin Oriental DC.  The art will be on display in the hotel’s gallery through the end of July.


“We would like to thank our sponsors, Mr. Raul Fernandez, and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel,for  supporting the student artists of DC Public Schools, and the innovative mission of the Catalyst Project,” said Charles Moore, President of the DC Public Education Fund Young Professionals Committee, “Heightening public awareness of programs like the Catalyst Project is key to ensuring that school improvement efforts remain a priority in Washington, D.C.”

Proceeds from Art Night will benefit DC Catalyst Project Art Integration Schools.  The DC Catalyst Project is an innovative school improvement strategy, designed to accelerate student achievement and engagement by organizing schools around a central theme to improve overall teaching, learning, and community involvement. Beginning in 2009, 13 elementary, middle, and K-8 schools across seven of the District’s eight wards were selected to participate in the planning year for the Catalyst Project.  The schools were given the option of applying for one of three Catalyst Project themes: STEM, World Cultures, and Arts Integration.  Of the 13 schools chosen to launch Catalyst programs, 4 were selected for the Arts Integration themes: Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School, Tyler Elementary, Takoma Education Campus, and Sousa Middle School.  The four Arts Integration schools help students master core subjects using creative and expressive learning strategies that incorporate the performing and fine arts, emphasizing imagination and creative expression.  The pieces selected for Art Night were chosen by    teachers, principals, and Catalyst Project coordinators at each school and submitted for consideration to the DC Public Education Fund.  Participating programs will each be awarded a gift certificate donated by the Mandarin Oriental to be used on art supplies for the classroom.

"Art Night is a great opportunity to celebrate the Catalyst Schools Project and the impact it is having on the children of DCPS," said Raul Fernandez, board member for the DC Public Education Fund, "I am delighted to support this event with the Young Professionals Committee and others who understand and support the important reform work taking place in DC schools."

Art Night: A Celebration of DCPS student artists takes place on May 24, 2011 from 6 to 9pm in the Mandarin Oriental gallery. For more information on this event, or to register, visit the DC Education Fund website.





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