October 2017Dear WSS Community:

Congratulations, Champagne and Thank You for a Successful What If Campaign!

Many of you were there a year ago when we launched What If. You remember….we asked ourselves —

What If, we had the resources to hire a managing director, a professional who could lead our efforts to accomplish our strategic goals? What If, we could transition from reliance on volunteers for management and operations to a professional manager, leaving our Board members to raise funds and goodwill for WSS as they perform their fiduciary oversight?

Inspired by the visionary work of our Head of Faculty and Artistic Director, and the work of so many who’ve gone before her, we launched the What If Campaign to our community. And you responded! We’ve raised over $150,000 since September 2016! We’re interviewing candidates for Managing Director.

Meanwhile, enrollments for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2017 were up more than 10% over the previous year. Fall term 2017 enrollments are robust. And an outstanding lecture series awaits this year: details soon!

Thank you all for doing your part!

With Gratitude,
The WSS Board of Directors



Selection of Images from the

“What If” Challenge on Instagram

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October 2016

Dear Washington Studio School Community –
wss-annual-report_final_page_1This past year, the WSS celebrated our 30th year!  We reflected on past challenges and reveled in our successes. Over the past few years, the School has achieved tremendous growth while still maintaining our founding principles and nurturing and growing our close-knit community. As you read through the attached wss-annual-report, I hope that you are as proud as we are. Please know we are thankful for your support in these accomplishments.

As we move into our fourth decade, the WSS Board of Directors have found ourselves asking a lot of “What If” questions and are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. We want you to ask yourself “What If” too!  And we’ve created a fun opportunity for you and our entire community to do that.  I would like to personally invite you to participate in our 30 Day “What If” challenge. What If you challenged yourself creatively for the next 30 days? What If you worked in a different color palette? Worked in a different scale? Worked in a different medium? Drew every day?  Pick a possibility, challenge yourself, and share the results with the rest of us!

Starting Saturday, February 1, share your daily results with us on social media using the hashtags: #washingtonstudioschool, #acreativedc, #madeindc, #WSS, #WhatIf, #Create30, #dcarts, #artdc,#bestofdc.

Then join us on October 30th to share and celebrate our results! Watch for details about this event.

Stay tuned, connect and create … great things are happening!




Barbara Kraft
WSS Board President


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