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The DC Jazz Festival Roberta Flack Education Program is an arts education initiative that encourages young people to get "jazzed" about learning. Named in honor of the internationally renowned artist Roberta Flack—who was a DC public school teacher and serves as the Chair of DCJF Education Committee—the DCJF Education Program offers free concerts, workshops, and master classes for more than 5,000 young people each year. Programs are held in partnership with DC public schools, the Phillips Collection, Sitar Arts Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Children’s National Health System, THEARC, and others.

Jazzin' at the Sitar, in partnership with Sitar Arts Center, provides year-round weekly instrument training and jazz history sessions for music students at Sitar Arts Center. The course is led by accomplished bassist and jazz educator Herman Burney, a music professor at The George Washington University, and features visiting guest artist clinicans. The program's jazz history sessions are based on the visually engaging NEA Jazz in the Schools. Students receive jazz instruction three-four times each month. For the fourth weekly session each month, these students are joined by 80 other Sitar music students in the Sitar auditorium for a lively session focusing exclusively on jazz appreciation. A core group of students perform in a culminating concert for their peers, teachers, and families, and will perform as part of the 2014 DC Jazz Festival.

Jazz Meets Hip Hop familiarizes students with the jazz and hip hop American art forms and highlights jazz's influence on the development of hip hop. Interactive performances and online tools demonstrate the connections between jazz and hip hop music. Jazz Meets Hip Hop is part of the DCJF Roberta Flack Education Program, which provides free, quality music education programs for DC public and charter school students and their teachers and families.

The DC Jazz Festival Jazz for a Healthier Generation initiative uses music to promote healthier lifestyles, wellness, encouragement, and rehabilitation. In partnership with Children's National Health System, activities include performances by the DC Jazz Festival's music therapists and certified practitioners in hospital atriums, waiting rooms and patient rooms to help patients and families transcend the hospital experience; and programs that support recovery by providing therapeutic listening and interactive activities that strengthen communication and physical coordination skills. The DC Jazz Festival received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the expansion of Jazz for a Healthier Generation, in partnership with Children's National Health System.

The DC Jazz Festival presents its highly popular Jazz 'n Families Fun Days each June. This free two-day annual program serves thousands of students, teachers and families. Hosted by The Phillips Collection, Jazz 'n Families Fun Days celebrates the synergy between jazz and the visual arts with family-oriented live jazz performances, storytelling, art workshops, and an instrument petting zoo.


The DC Jazz Festival®, a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization, is sponsored in part with a major grant from the Government of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, Mayor; and, in part, by major grants from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Mayo Charitable Foundation, Abramson Family Foundation, NEA Foundation, CrossCurrents Foundation, Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, PNC Foundation; a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; Humanities Council of Washington, DC; and by the City Fund administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. The Roberta Flack Music Education Program is a project of the DC Jazz Festival. © 2015 All rights reserved.