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March 30, 2015

We are excited to welcome our friends and partners, United Social Sports (USS), to our blog today!  Sports and arts might not seem all that related at first glance, but USS is all about bringing communities together–much like CHAW.  Whether it’s through sports, arts, or something else altogether, building relationships matters…and you can do that in a pretty... more

March 16, 2015

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our special guest blogger: Councilmember Charles Allen, Ward 6.  Charles has been working in Ward 6 neighborhoods for more than a decade, and is a current resident – make sure to stop and say hi if you see him near his 15th & D St. NE home!  A tireless supporter of school reform, small businesses, and improving the community,... more

March 9, 2015

It’s tough to catch teaching artist and master engraver Will Fleishell without a pencil in his hand or out from behind the printing press–so when he took some time out to answer a few of our most wide-ranging questions over a lunch break, we were especially grateful. Check out his thoughts on the importance of drawing, the benefits of working from the figure, the role... more

February 13, 2015

It may still feel like winter, but here at CHAW, we’re busily preparing for one of our most favorite times of the year: Summer Camp! This year, we are particularly excited to be offering camps for all ages, from Pre-K all the way up through high school. Each program will invite, challenge, and inspire the creative spirit in campers and counselors alike, and we can’t... more

February 2, 2015

CHAW Teaching Artist Hannah Sternberg is back on our blog with her #CHAWsome writing tips for aspiring and experienced creative writers alike.  Hannah is a published novelist whose latest book, Bulfinch, was named a Notable Teen Book of 2014 by “Shelf Unbound.”  Learn more about Hannah and her books at www.... more

January 3, 2015

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for our blog, but you, our readers, make it all happen.  We’d love to hear from you: what do YOU want to see on the CHAW blog this year?  The more voices, the better!  Happy 2015, and let’s make it a CHAWsome one.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This... more

December 17, 2014
Today, CHAW Board Member Jenny Werwa shares her personal CHAW story with us.  Many of our board members are also current or former CHAW students, and we love to be a part of helping our community continue to connect and engage in deeper ways–whether that’s on our board, in our neighborhood, or maybe just through the process of creating art together.  We’ll hand this off... more
November 21, 2014

We’re back with Hannah Sternberg and her great insights, creative writing games, and key tips and tools for unblocking your mind and getting down to writing!  This week, workshop attendees focused on setting, and how to break out of “cardboard cut-out” descriptions to build more believable, complete worlds.  People have been having such a blast at these workshops, we’... more

November 13, 2014

Welcome back to our NaNoWriMo weekly blog series!  Today, Hannah lets us in on some of the great mysteries of building suspense, and even gives us some books to check out for their “unputdownableness.”  If there’s a better word than that to describe my favorite books, I don’t know what it is.  If you haven’t joined for a NaNoWriMo workshop, it’s not too late!  There... more

November 6, 2014

Welcome to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!  CHAW is thrilled to present four workshops in partnership with the DC Public Library – SE and led by published author Hannah Sternberg that are designed to help writers open their minds and break through the blocks.  Every week, Hannah will be sharing her reflections from that week’s workshop with us here on CHAW... more