National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments.

For more information, visit their website. 


The mission of the education department is to embody and enact the museum's core values: Champion, Fresh, and Open. Through low-cost and free programs and initiatives designed for a variety of audiences, educators celebrate and teach about the achievements of women artists from the 16th century to present day.

Description of Education Inititatives: The Women's Museum education department develops programs and interpretive materials related to the museum's collection and special exhibitions. Educational initiatives include: teacher workshops, institutes, and resources; school tours and partnerships; adult offerings including tours, artist talks, and gallery experiences; multigenerational programs like hands-on workshops; and audio guides and See For Yourself interpretive cards. For more information, visit their education page. 

Partnership with DC Collaborative

DC Collaborative member since 1998.
The National Musuem of Women in the Arts is a founding member of the DC Collaborative!

"The DC Collaborative supports the work of our small department by helping to promote and schedule tours. Thanks to this collaborative effect, NMWA is able to reach more DCPS students than it ever could on its own."

Arts and Humanities for Every Student 

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is a AHFES Provider! Teachers can view their AHFES Catalogue here. 

Fun Facts! NMWA set all-time attendance records the weekend of the Women's March (Jan. 20-21, 2017).

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only museum collection in Washington, D.C., to contain a Frida Kahlo painting!

Professional Development Events

Back to School Night

On World Teachers’ Day, celebrate your profession at NMWA! This after-hours event exclusively for teachers allows you to:

  • Meet fellow educators
  • Learn about great women artists through interactive gallery experiences
  • Enjoy self-directed artmaking
  • Take a Fierce Women tour
  • Develop and share classroom connections
  • Engage with museum educators and colleagues

Snacks and drinks will be served.

Dates: 10/5/2018
Time: 5:00-7:30PM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts
Discipline/Focus: Arts Learning- Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film, Arts Learning- Media Arts, Arts Integration
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, Philosophy, History, Civics/Law, Diversity

Story Bank Blog

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is featured in the DC Collaborative's Story Bank Blog!

  • "Connecting to Curriculum Series: AHFES Hours at the National Museum of Women in the Arts"- June 12, 2017
  • "Arts and Humanities for EVERY Student Blog Series: Capital City Public Charter School Attends National Museum of Women in the Arts"- March 3, 2017

Contact the education department: Deborah Gaston: Director of Education and Digital Engagement, Adrienne L. Gayoso: Senior Educator, and Ashley W. Harris: Associate Educator at


Photo Credit: Emily Haight, NMWA

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Mailing Address: 975 F Street, NW
Office Location: 923 F Street, NW, #303
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.470.6467

The DC Collaborative is a FY19 Service Organization grant recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.