826DC is a nonprofit supporting students aged 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and helping teachers inspire their students to write.  Services include drop-in tutoring, field trips, workshops, and assistance with student publications.  Also operates the Museum of Unnatural History in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts is an advocacy group located in DC and NYC.  Promotes October as National Arts and Humanities Month, advocates for arts education in primary education, publishes information on the economic impact of the arts.


centronia_3CentroNia is a multicultural learning center that trains volunteers for one-on-one tutoring for students in the Columbia Heights and Shaw neighborhoods of DC in grades 1 – 12.

Children’s National Medical Center

For over twenty years, Children’s National Medical Center has sponsored New Horizons, an arts education and cultural enrichment program that hosts exhibitions, performances, and multi-disciplinary artists-in-residence.

DC Creative Writing Workshop

DC Creative Writing Workshop hires four professional writers annually to work with students from Hart Middle School, Simon Elementary, and Ballou High School in SE DC, both in class and after school.  Publishes a literary journal, hArtworks; offers a 6-week workshop in Holocaust Studies called “Teaching Tolerance” with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum; and runs a Reading Resource Center.

DC Scores

DC Scores promotes creative writing and soccer to elementary school students in grades 8 to 12, at multiple locations throughout the city.  See profile by Zachary Elkin in the Spring 2010 issue.

Higher Achievement

Higher Achievement is a program for DC students in grades 5 – 8 emphasizing academics, the arts, and leadership.  Runs after-school and summer programs, regularly includes poetry in their curriculum.

Hurston/Wright Foundation

Hurston/WrightHurston-Wright-Logo-Emblem is a resource for writers of African descent.  They offer workshops for teens and adults, an annual award for college writers, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards for new books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.


Motheread, Inc. is an adult literacy program for parents, sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

PEN/Faulkner Foundation

PEN/Faulkner hosts public readings by nationally-known writers of fiction and nonfiction.  Also sponsors Writers-in-the-Schools in urban high schools.

Sitar Arts Center

Sitar Arts Center serves children and youth from diverse ethnic, racial, and economic backgrounds.  Offers workshops in writing, visual art, and the performing arts.

Spring for Poetry

Spring for Poetry is an annual public art program sponsored by the Takoma Park Libraries, placing posters with poems throughout Takoma Park, MD.  The web site reprints each year’s posters from 2007 to the present.  Conceived by Merrill Leffler, the project is presented in partnership with Montgomery College and the Takoma Park Department of Public Works.

Writopia Lab

Writopia Lab offers workshops in fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, playwrighting, and poetry for youth aged 8 to 18 in the DC area, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles.