CityVision

CityVision uses design as a framework to teach D.C. public school students how to investigate the built world and value their role in shaping it for the future.

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?

During the fall and spring semesters, partner middle schools integrate CityVision as part of their curriculum and offer participating students academic credit for completing the program. Up to 25 students are selected from each school and meet for a full school day once a week for 6 weeks. Two sessions run one after the other each semester. Students work with Museum staff, educators, and design professionals on fun, challenging, hands-on activities.

Students learn the basic elements of the design process and work in studio teams to explore design challenges and collect information about the city. They work in groups to develop creative solutions to challenges they observe and produce drawings and other visual support for their designs. The program culminates in a final presentation when students present and defend their work with design professionals.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN CITYVISION?

Volunteer

Design professionals or university students in architecture, urban planning, or education can volunteer to help youth learn about design and the built environment. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and be able to commit to a minimum of four of the six days of a CityVision session.

Become a school partner

School partners must be a part of the D.C. Public Schools system or D.C. Charter Schools System and must also recruit a staff member to accompany the students to the program each week.

CONTACT

For more information, please contact the Education Department at 202.272.2448 or email schoolprograms@nbm.org.