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An innovative collaboration of visual and performing arts and education in the unique historic setting of the former DC prison.


The Workhouse Educational Philosophy

The Workhouse Arts Center believes that an Arts Education is basic to an individual’s perception and understanding of the world in which we live.  Creative learning enables students to interpret these perceptions in visual form. Art Education teaches students to respect and appreciate their own interpretations and those of others.  Our program allows every student to increase positive attitudes towards self, others, and the environment through creative experiences. The Workhouse Arts Center provides art instruction that helps develop basic arts skills, encourage visual awareness and are fundamental to intellectual growth and creative self-expression.

The Education Department Mission

The Mission of the Workhouse Education Department is to present original and innovative educational programs for youth, families, adults, and educators designed specifically to foster an appreciation, understanding and knowledge of the visual and performing arts.