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December 17, 2014
Today, CHAW Board Member Jenny Werwa shares her personal CHAW story with us.  Many of our board members are also current or former CHAW students, and we love to be a part of helping our community continue to connect and engage in deeper ways–whether that’s on our board, in our neighborhood, or maybe just through the process of creating art together.  We’ll hand this off... more
November 21, 2014

We’re back with Hannah Sternberg and her great insights, creative writing games, and key tips and tools for unblocking your mind and getting down to writing!  This week, workshop attendees focused on setting, and how to break out of “cardboard cut-out” descriptions to build more believable, complete worlds.  People have been having such a blast at these workshops, we’... more

November 13, 2014

Welcome back to our NaNoWriMo weekly blog series!  Today, Hannah lets us in on some of the great mysteries of building suspense, and even gives us some books to check out for their “unputdownableness.”  If there’s a better word than that to describe my favorite books, I don’t know what it is.  If you haven’t joined for a NaNoWriMo workshop, it’s not too late!  There... more

November 6, 2014

Welcome to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!  CHAW is thrilled to present four workshops in partnership with the DC Public Library – SE and led by published author Hannah Sternberg that are designed to help writers open their minds and break through the blocks.  Every week, Hannah will be sharing her reflections from that week’s workshop with us here on CHAW... more

October 2, 2014

One of our newest teaching artists, Linda Frye, shares her belly dance story with us.  Come join her as she kicks off a four-week crash course in belly dance, Thursdays all through October!

It all started with a Groupon I bought for the crash course—that’s right; the very same one that begins... more

September 15, 2014

Oh Pottery, you’re my Favorite!

There are many reasons to love pottery: the feel of it in my hands, the patience it requires and instills, and the variety of forms a finished piece can take.  As much as pottery requires harnessing the elements of earth, fire, and water to make art, we are mostly just playing in the mud.  I took my first pottery class in 1999... more

August 21, 2014

CHAW invites students in grades six through eight to make great art at CHAW this year in one of our new middle school classes. Our expanded offerings help students add a splash of color to their week with an arts class (or two!).

The popular Ceramics Studio Jam returns under the direction of teaching artist (and CHAW staffer) Clay Hollenkamp.

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July 30, 2014

This year, CHAW partners with Ivy IQ to offer an integrated arts and spanish immersion experience for children ages 24 months to first grade.

Ivy IQ’s innovative and engaging curriculum taps into a child’s natural curiosity and playfulness to build foundational skills for a life-long love of learning and exploration.

CHAW welcomes Amanda Agard,... more

July 18, 2014

Fashion is at the same time, a high form of art and the most accessible. It combines the aesthetic qualities of sculpture and painting with the applied art of sewing. Yet, because we all get dressed, it is more accessible than other forms of art. We all have the opportunity to make a statement about ourselves and how the world will see and react to us... more

June 13, 2014

I am an artist, I own a business that does commercial art and I support the arts in numerous ways including volunteerism, actual cash donations and simply going to enjoy a dance/theater/gallery show on a regular basis.

I’ve always known instinctively that arts are important and valuable, not just on a personal level, but also to society on a harder-to-... more