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Young Playwrights Theater

As the only professional theater in Washington, D.C. dedicated entirely to arts education, YPT uses interactive in-school and after-school programs and collaborative projects to advance student literacy, creative expression, communication and conflict resolution while developing a new generation of playwrights whose views are traditionally underrepresented in the theater and in the community. YPT connects students, teachers, families, actors, playwrights and professional theaters in order to create new plays that reflect the intimate voices of their communities, with a particular focus on the diversity of the voices that make up the American experience. Throughout D.C. Public Schools (D.C.P.S.), YPT works with students who are ethnically diverse and chronically underserved, primarily in the Latino and African American communities of Columbia Heights, Mt. Pleasant and Adams Morgan neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. YPT strives to be a driving force in arts education nationally as well, leading the field with innovative arts-integrated and standards-based programs that engage students in an artistic process while truly enhancing their education.

Featured Charities

  • Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County

    As Montgomery County's designated arts and humanities grantsmaker, the mission of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County is to promote, support and expand cultural activies in the county and to help integrate them into the lives of all residents.

  • Atlas Performing Arts Center

    To renovate the Atlas Theatre complex as a performing arts center that will inspire the artistic growth of professional and aspiring performing artists throughout the region; create a new model for collaborative theatre management; provide a unique community-centered venue for training and education in the performing arts and stagecraft; and energize the revitalization of the Near Northeast community.

  • Dance Place

    The mission of the Federal City Performing Arts Association is to entertain through excellent musical performance, to affirm the place of Gay people in society, and to educate about the Gay experience.

  • Life Pieces to Masterpieces

    Since its inception in 1996, LPTM's mission has remained consistent: "We provide opportunities for African-American males (ages 3 - 21), living in Washington DC's low-income and public housing, to activate their innate creative ability to change life challenges into possibilities." LPTM's unique and effective four-part Human Development System (HDS) has evolved as the means for grounding daily programs and advancing the mission.

Previously Featured Charities

2005 Featured Charities
  • DC Creative Writing Workshop

    Joy of Motion Dance Center is a place where thousands of dancers, young and old, experience the benefits of self-expression and creativity through the art of dance at three Washington area sites; outreach initiatives provide free and reduced tuition for hundreds of young dancers and adults in afterschool, in-school and community dance programs.

  • Words, Beats and Life

    The DC Creative Writing Workshop, based at Charles Hart Middle School in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Southeast DC, unites parents, teachers and professional writers-in-residence to transform the lives of youth through the joy of self-expression and the power of the written word. Each year, the Workshop serves students in grades 4 through 12 at Hart Middle, Ballou Senior High, and Simon Elementary Schools with creative writing instruction and cultural arts experiences.

  • The American Dance Institute

    The American Dance Institute builds artistic, athletic, and confident children, professionals, and adults. Housed in a world-class facility, it serves as a center of excellence for dance and Pilates instruction, an incubator for dance troupes and choreographers, and a community center where visual and performing arts combine.

  • Arts for the Aging

    Arts for the Aging uses the arts as a tool to help increase the physical and mental well-being of elders in Greater Washington. Arts for the Aging has developed a low-tech yet highly cost-effective program that incorporates the arts in meaningful activities that offer stimulation, socialization, purpose, and dignity for all seniors and enhances their quality of life.

  • Empowered Women International

    Empowered Women International promotes art and entrepreneurial success for immigrant and refugee women and families living in Greater Washington, building citizenship, leadership, and multicultural understanding through the arts.

2004 Featured Charities
  • Joy of Motion Dance Center

    Joy of Motion Dance Center is a place where thousands of dancers, young and old, experience the benefits of self-expression and creativity through the art of dance at three Washington area sites; outreach initiatives provide free and reduced tuition for hundreds of young dancers and adults in afterschool, in-school and community dance programs.

  • Art Enables

    For people with mental or developmental disabilities who are interested in the visual arts, Art Enables provides guidance, supplies and sales support they need to create and market their own folk and outsider art, earning money from sales and becoming active participants in the arts community.

  • MD Classic Youth Orchestras

    The Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra nurtures, develops, and advances young talented musicians in a quality orchestral program.

  • Teatro de La Luna

    Teatro de La Luna promotes Hispanic culture by producing plays, workshops, readings for children and adults in Spanish with simultaneous English translation.

  • Word/Dance/Theatre

    Word/Dance/Theater serves the community through the magic of dance by stretching and strengthening the minds and bodies of seniors, teaching free afterschool dance classes to children in housing projects, inspiring youth to be creative, and presenting professional-level dance concerts.

2003 Featured Charities
  • Classika Theatre

    Puppets, theater and the visual arts bring education alive for 500 area underprivileged students each week while the larger community is enriched by new productions of international classic plays.

  • GALA Hispanic Theatre

    Bridging cultural divides with exciting theatrical productions, GALA Hispanic Theatre offers Spanish speakers an opportunity to express themselves in their native language.

  • Levine School of Music

    Levine provides outstanding music instruction to 3,500 students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities at four sites in the Washington area; Levine's outreach programs provide free instruction to another 600 disadvantaged children.
    (UW/CFC# 8611)

  • Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts

    Children in low-income neighborhoods in DC experience life-changing growth when they study music, dance, writing, and visual arts with experts at the Sitar Center.
    (UW/CFC# 8684)

  • World Arts Focus and Joe's Movement Emporium

    Bettsy has been frequenting Joe's Movement Emporium for the past five years. When she first arrived, Bettsy spoke very little English, but after years of dance, tumbling, art and summer camps, she is now making good grades, performing with a school troupe, and is active in the community. She is always recruiting new kids from the Mt. Ranier neighborhood to the studio to sample the great snacks and join in the latest classes and activities. Bettsy is one of the many children in the community who benefit from arts scholarship funding and attend classes for free or at a reduced price.
    (UW/CFC# 7134)

2002 Featured Charities
  • African Continuum Theatre Coalition

    The 8,000 people attending ACT's productions each year enjoy the unique talent, vision and voice of young African-Americans.

  • Choral Arts Society of Washington

    Your generosity enables the Choral Arts Society's 190 volunteer singers to give outstanding performances, and to provide outreach to hundreds of inner-city students.

  • Dance Place: The Art of Motivation

    Tara was among the first to join Dance Place's girls program, a source of support for at-risk youth. The 17-year-old progressed rapidly in dance, but her grades lagged behind. Because the program demanded excellence in dance and in academics, Tara worked harder, refusing to risk losing her place in the program. She made the honor roll, became a teacher for Dance Place and won a scholarship. Each year, over 15,000 young people just like Tara benefit from this method of commitment through artistic expression.

  • Northern Virginia Youth Symphony Association

    Half of the costs to train the orchestra's 350 talented students from 8 to 21 years old is subsidized by contributions.

  • Round House Theatre

    Help take the show on the road as a volunteer with Round House Theater. Of their many hit productions, one is performed by older volunteer actors to senior citizens in nursing homes.

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