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Mission Statement

To provide professional and innovated education in the arts to all residents of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.


JWJCSA organizes classes and enrichment programs for the purpose of using the arts as a positive stimulus in (1) helping children to prepare for a life of learning, (2) helping youth and young adults to prepare for life as a working professional and (3) helping adults and children to create better communities through learning and growing together. Tentatively starting in 2001, weekly instruction will be provided in music fundamentals, arts appreciation, voice, piano, violin, guitar, creative drawing, drama, and literature. The core educational programs will consist of traditional private and group arts instruction, career development classes, and computer technology classes (subject to teacher and equipment availability). JWJCSA will continue to develop its instructional programs until it reaches its goal of "all of the arts for all people, under one roof." This includes developing certificate programs designed to meet the specific needs of the community, such as preparing for college arts education, establishing a career in the arts, developing artistic literacy, and preparing young children for a life of learning. In addition, JWJCSA will (1) present student and faculty concerts, recitals, workshops, and exhibits that are held throughout the year, (2) charge minimal fees as well as establish financial aid that will provide need-based and merit-based scholarships for families and individuals with significant financial needs, and (3) implement a "go where the people are" approach by forming collaborative partnerships with schools and other non-profit organizations in the community.


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