Our Program Partners

All Politics is Local with Tom Sherwood & Mark Segraves

Tom Sherwood and Mark Segraves host discussions with movers and shakers in local DC government and politics. In the past, they have welcomed Ronald Machen, former US Attorney for DC, MPD Chief Cathy Lanier, and many DC Council Members.

American Roots Music Series

American Roots Music series at Hill Center: featuring bluegrass, old time pure country honky tonk and all the roots and branches of Americana music. All concerts are free and outdoor garden seating is first come first serve. Concessions including a variety of beer, wine, and other specialty drinks will be sold at all performances.

Barracks Row Main Street

For the past decade, Barracks Row Main Street has worked tirelessly to preserve and enhance Capitol Hill’s historic 8th Street, SE, commercial corridor and to revitalize its business community. The group’s focus is the five blocks of 8th Street that stretch south from Pennsylvania Ave S.E. to the terminus of 8th Street at the Washington Navy Yard along M Street, S.E. Barracks Row is located eight blocks east of the U.S. Capitol.

Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Celebration

Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Celebration

The First Freed: Exploring African American Life & Culture in Washington, DC during the Civil War Era

Brasil on the Hill

Brasil on the Hill is dedicated to promoting and sharing the richness of Brazilian culture with the DC Metro Area community through high quality language classes and thematic workshops. Created by Brazilian Valeria Buffo, a language instructor with over 10 years of teaching experience, Brasil on the Hill brings together a select group of Brazilian and Brazilian professionals to explore with students the full range of Brazilian culture: from language to cuisine, as well as dance, music, cinema and literature.

Byte Back

Byte Back, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides computer literacy and employment readiness skills to underserved communities throughout Washington D.C. Our mission is to improve economic opportunities by providing computer and technology courses to low-income residents in D.C. For additional information on their program offerings please ring their offices at 202-529-3395, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

C3 Cyber Club

C3 Cyber Club offers kids in grades K-9 an interactive learning environment filled with state-of-the-art equipment and award-winning computer software. At C3 Cyber Club, we use technology to teach everything from design to computer programming.


Hot 5 @ Hill Center is the center's ​first collaboration with CapitalBop.​ These monthly shows feature an opening Q&A between the artist and CapitalBop's editors, Luke Stewart and Giovanni Russonello, followed by two free ​sets on the lawn. All the ​artists highlighted here—some as young as their 20s, some in their 60s—are based in the area. They have all distinguished themselves​ as masters of the tradition with distinctive voices of their own.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

CHAW (the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop) is a place where art and people meet. People meet art, people meet people, and if you’re not too literal, you could say art meets art. Often, lasting relationships are born from all this meeting.

Chef Gérard Panguad

Chef Gérard Pangaud is best known in the DC area for his innovative, yet elegant French cuisine, first at the Ritz-Carlton, then in his own restaurant - Gérard's Place.

DC Public Library

DCPL has partnered with Hill Center to provide amateur genealogy and SAT preparatory classes. The District of Columbia Public Library is a vibrant center of activity for residents and visitors in the nation’s capital. The library provides environments that invite reading, learning and community discussion and equips people to learn all their lives, to embrace diversity and to build a thriving city.

DC Youth Orchestra Program

The DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP) is the leading ensemble-based classical music education program in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Founded in 1960 at the request of DC Public Schools, the mission of DCYOP is “music for young people; achievement for life!” DCYOP offers group lessons and ensemble training on all orchestral instruments for students ages 4 ½ to 18.

Derrick's Paintbrush

Derrick's Paintbrush provides an artistic experience that everyone can enjoy. You are guaranteed to have a wonderful time. We will provide all of the paint supplies to start you off on your artistic journey. Our talented instructor will guide you step-by-step through the process of recreating the featured work. So grab a friend or come alone and have a blast while creating your own masterpiece.

For more information, contact Derrick Morgan by email at derrickspaintbrush@hotmail.com or by phone at (202) 270-5941.

Dounouya: Global Sounds on the Hill

Dounouya (DOON-EE-YA) is a West African word for “The Whole World.” Hill Center will present a series of four singular concerts, curated and hosted by Brendan Canty and Jim Thomson, featuring musicians at the forefront of DC’s magnificent global music scene. Each concert will be preceded by a 30 minute conversation with the artists, moderated by Canty and Thomson.

Sponsored by National Capital Bank and the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Environmental Film Festival

This year the Environmental Film Festival celebrated a major milestone: 20 years of advancing environmental understanding through the power of film. As the first film festival devoted to the full range of environmental topics, the Environmental Film Festival was a novel idea when Flo Stone founded it in 1993. While 1,200 people attended the inaugural Festival, today the Festival has expanded to become the nation’s largest showcase of environmental film, attracting an audience of over 30,000.

Family Fun Festival at Hill Center

Join us at Hill Center for an afternoon of family-friendly fun! Our partners at DC Public Libraries, Tippi Toes, and Young Warriors will lead the kids in activities and demonstrations, and Ken Walderman, Alaska's Fiddling Poet, will perform a musical set for children at 3:00 pm. The Family Fun Festival will lead directly into the Frank Solivan concert on the Plaza! Please come and join the Hill Center community!

Frager's Hardware

Fritz "Frank" Frager immigrated from Russia around 1902 after traveling across Europe, where he became skilled in many languages, which helped him to be successful in business. After he was laid off from the Navy Yard, where he worked as a cabinet maker, he decided to open his own business. With only $5,000 in borrowed money, he was able to open a hardware store 11 blocks from the United States Capitol in 1920, where it still stands today.

Global Language Network

The Global Language Network (GLN) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advance language learning by offering classes in common and less commonly taught languages, by making language learning affordable and effective, and by facilitating cross-cultural interaction and exchange.


Gottaswing is America's largest exclusively swing dance instruction and dance event promotion company. Lessons are very reasonably priced and require no long term contract. You don't need to bring a partner (we rotate partners in class), experience is not required, and we welcome dancers of all ages at all our events and classes. What makes us special is our attention to creating a community of swing dancers through lessons and weekly swing dances. Please email Debra@gottaswing.com or call our dance hotline, 703.359.9882 with any questions.

Hill Center Book Signings

From cook books and memoirs to local histories and novels, Hill Center hosts book signings and author conversations on any number of topics throughout the year.

Hill Center Concert Series: Burnett Thompson, Director

Ensembles in residence at Hill Center provide top tier music performance. The aim of the series is to bring the city's rich musical environment to the Hill community.

"Washingtonians look to Burnett Thompson Music for superior entertainment and concert performance.
Associations with the National Symphony, reigning jazz artists, big bands, dance bands, intimate chamber ensembles and jazz groups have resulted in a premier entertainment resource."
-The Washington Post, "Music for the head and the heart"

Hill Center Culinary Classes

Hill Center partners with chefs and culinary experts to bring you a wide variety of cooking classes. Whether you're new to the kitchen or a pro, you'll find something new and exciting in the hands on classes held in our state of the art demonstration kitchen.

Hill Center Hill Flicks

Hill Flicks brings viewers a unique series of films and documentaries based on a wide variety of topics. As often as possible, after the screening a discussion with the director, filmmaker or other involved party will take place to further build our understanding of and insight on the topic at hand. Past Hill Flicks films have included Twisting the Knife-Hitchcock's Scary Love Stories, Hollywood on the Potomac - Films featuring DC, Elvis: Return to Tupelo, SPLIT: A Deeper Divide and Kings of Pastry.

Hill Center Languages

Hill Center offers a variety of languages for adult learners. Current program offerings include Spanish, French, and Chinese, including both beginners and advanced courses.

Hill Center Studio Arts

Bring out the artist in you. Hill Center artists in residence guide you with an approach that nurtures your ability to create, to select the right brush to put paint to canvas at the stroke of your hand. Beginners and intermediate students can find their Muse within several mediums - including new software creation for aspiring artists moving from traditional palette to electronic tablet.

Historic Cooking and Baking with Amanda Moniz

Recover recipes and stories of the American past with historian and former pastry chef Amanda Moniz. In these fun hands-on classes, we’ll make historic recipes adapted for modern kitchens while we explore notable people and events from the colonial period to the late 1800s. Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished cook, you’ll learn something new. All classes are hands-on and are open to anyone over the age of 16. Each participant receives a booklet with the recipes we make in the class.

Indie Lens Pop-Up

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Jazzercise, Inc.

Jazzercise is a pulse-pounding, beat-pumping fitness program that gets you results…fast.  It’s a calorie-torching, hip swiveling, Shakira’d-be-proud dance party with a hot playlist to distract you from the burn.  You won’t see a single leotard or legwarmer—we promise.  What you will see is sweat, swagger and high intensity endorphin-packed workouts that leave the 80’s behind.

Ken Waldman, Alaska's Fiddling Poet

A 29-year Alaska resident, Ken Waldman combines old-time Appalachian-style string-band music, original poetry, and Alaska-set storytelling for a show uniquely his. A former college professor, his eight books include six full-length poetry collections, a kids' book, and a 2008 memoir, Are You Famous?, which details his many tours across the country. His nine CDs include two for children. His live performance has been described by the Austin Chronicle, “like a Ken Burns movie. . . .

Kids Euro Festival 2015

Kids Euro Festival 2015 has events throughout Washington, DC from October 24 to November 8.

Welcome! Sveiki atvykę! Bienvenue! Willkommen! Kalos ilthate! Vitame vas! Tere tulemast! Tervetuloa! Velkommen! Üdvözlet! Cead Mile Failte! Benvenuti! ¡Bienvenido! Merħba! Welkom! Dzieñ dobry! Muito bem vindo! Välkommen!

Library of Congress

The Library's mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people. Today's Library of Congress is an unparalleled world resource. The collection of more than 151 million items includes more than 34.5 million cataloged books and other print materials in 470 languages; more than 66.6 million manuscripts; the largest rare book collection in North America; and the world's largest collection of legal materials, films, maps, sheet music and sound recordings.

Living Classrooms

Our Mission: Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.”

Mad Science of Washington, DC

We make it our mission to spark imaginative learning! Mad Science is the leading science enrichment provider for children in kindergarten through grade 6. We deliver unique, hands-on science experiences to children.

For additional information or help with enrollment contact Mad Science at camps@madscienceofdc.com or (301) 593-4777.

MathTree Camps at Hill Center

Join MathTree for Spring Break Camp (April 13-17) and Summer Camp (August 10 - 21) at Hill Center! At MathTree, we love math, we love kids, and we love teaching kids math! MathTree has provided math camps in the Northern VA/DC/MD area since 1999. Camps are offered to children as young as 5 years of age who are preparing to enter 1st grade, all the way up to students readying for Algebra 1. Full-day options along with Before and After Care are available.

Music Lessons with Sofia Hailu

Private piano and flute lessons are available to children ages 5 and older, teens, as well as adults. The lesson will be tailored to the individual needs and goals of each student. A good portion of the introduction lesson will be spent discussing goals, and working together to make a plan for specific repertoire and areas of focus. Musical skills such as reading music, basic theory and harmonizing, and performance skills will be emphasized. Group instruction for groups of two to four can also be requested.

National Symphony Orchestra

The National Symphony Orchestra's 82nd season is its third under the leadership of Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, who is also the Music Director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The NSO recently completed its first international tour under Maestro Eschenbach's direction, garnering great acclaim, and has undertaken its second extremely successful international tour in the course of the 2012-2013 season, visiting Spain, Germany, France, and Oman.


P.A.C.E. provides educational and emotional support groups for first time mothers and their babies (two weeks and five months).


PEN/Faulkner is a nonprofit literary organization that believes in deepening readers’ connection to writing through public events, in-school education, and public promotion of exceptional literary achievement.

POV (Point of View)

POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.

Sacred Journey Birth Services

Nicole Bruno is a Bradley Method Childbirth Teacher and a DONA Certified Birth Doula. She opened her business Sacred Journey Birth Services in 2012 and has helped dozens of families attain their birth vision through support and education. Nicole has worked at most of the hospitals in the DC area, including George Washington, Washington Hospital Center, Sibley, Georgetown, INOVA Alexandria, Virginia Hospital Center, Holy Cross, Shady Grove, and Walter Reed. She also experienced her own natural birth using The Bradley Method at an out of hospital birth center.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., has dedicated itself to becoming the nation's premier classic theatre. By focusing on works with profound themes, complex characters and heightened language written by Shakespeare, his contemporaries and those playwrights he influenced, the Shakespeare Theatre Company's artistic mission is unique among regional theatres: to bring to vibrant life groundbreaking, thought-provoking and eminently accessible classic theatre in a uniquely American style.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture: Early Childhood Programming

Early Childhood Education at NMAAHC is proud to announce the Fall 2014 Pilot Programs

Parents: Join us this fall for “Friends for Freedom” for children ages 4-7Each week, we will be celebrating who we are by exploring a different part of our identity through stories, dramatic play, art making, and sensory experiences.

Spanish Now

At Spanish Now, the goal is to provide an excellent teaching experience for all students. The instructors are native speakers that will help you reach your goals when learning Spanish. Their secret is a new teaching method that allows all students to learn Spanish the FAST, FUN, & EASY way.

We have two objectives: That you enjoy learning Spanish and that you learn fast. Spanish Now teaches only universal Spanish, with no localisms, that will be understood everywhere. All courses are 8 sessions.

Spoken With Authority

As president of Spoken with Authority, Christine Clapp develops the voice of experts who want to broaden their impact. Her presentation-skills workshops and coaching sessions truly transform experts into leaders.

Christine also is a lecturer in the Department of Communication at The George Washington University and a regular contributor to Toastmasters Magazine, the official publication of Toastmasters International.

Spring Break Camp at Hill Center

Registration is now available for the Mad Science spring break program. Sign up now for learning, fun, and adventure!


Mad Science Spring Break Camp (1st-6th graders)

Monday, April 13 - Friday, April 17


Step Afrika

Step Afrika! is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Founded in December 1994, the company is critically-acclaimed for its efforts to promote an understanding of and appreciation for stepping and the dance tradition's use as an educational tool for young people worldwide. Step Afrika! reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year and has performed on many stages in North & South America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.

Strong Start DC Early Intervention Program


Is your child between the ages of 6 months and 3 years of age? Would you like him or her to participate in a weekly developmental playgroup offering activities to promote social interactions as well as emphasize growth in all developmental domains?

Summer Camps at Hill Center

Registration is now available for various summer programs. Sign up now for learning, fun, and adventure designed for a wide range of interests and ages!

SUMMER CAMPS at Hill Center

C3 CyberClub

Lego Robotics Sports (Ages 6 - 9)

Lego Robotics Vehicles (Ages 10 - 14)

Summer Concert Series featuring Kendall Isadore

Showing off her versatility and range, Kendall Isadore - Violinist, Vocalist, Pianist, and Songwriter, will be joining us for a 3 part series featuring a "Black Box" show, a Gospel Brunch, and ending the series with a final culminating performance in August. For a sneak peak of this raw talent, check out a video of her recent performance here

Talk of the Hill with Bill Press

Award-winning journalist, political insider and Capitol Hill resident Bill Press sits down each month at Hill Center for a series of one-on-one, thought provoking conversations that began with C-SPAN founder and CEO Brian Lamb and have continued with Charlie Cook, Cook Political Report Editor, Congressman John Lewis of Georgia and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Press and guests will bring insight into hot topics and complex issues of the day.

The Sweet Lobby

We at The Sweet Lobby understand the tug of war between your need for the occasional treat and your inner voice of caution! So, our philosophy is simple: when you indulge, do so wisely - we are the ultimate advocate for your sweet tooth! Give it nothing but the best!

The Washington Post

The Washington Post is an award-winning news leader. It combines world-class journalism with the latest technology and tools so readers can engage with The Post anytime, anywhere. As an active partner of local nonprofits championing the arts and education, The Post supports the programming and initiatives that strive to make a difference through artistic expression and learning. The Post is proud to co-sponsor the Hill Center Poetry Series with Ron Charles, Editor of Post's Book World, who will act as moderator of four-part conversation series examining contemporary works of poetry.

The Writer's Center

For more than 35 years, The Writer's Center has been a home for writers from all over the Washington metropolitan area. Our tradition of success is rooted in our vision, values, and mission.

Tippi Toes DC

Since 1999, Tippi Toes Dance Company® has been bringing a unique program of dance and creative movement to community centers, childcare centers schools, play groups and various after school programs. Tippi Toes classes have a remarkable impact on social and developmental growth. Our classes, which include the use of original kids music and choreography, fuel creativity, build imagination and sharpen both motor and cognitive skills.

Warrior Fusion

Warrior Fusion - Martial Arts, Personal Fitness, & Self-Defense: Warrior Fusion is a health and fitness collaborative that helps people of all ages and abilities train for life through martial arts, personal training, and self-defense instruction. The Young Warriors Karate program provides students high quality instruction in Shorin-ryu karate, taught by Sensei Patrick Burton. In a safe, structured, fun environment, children hone essential life skills including discipline, focus, strength, coordination, confidence, and respect.

Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Academy

Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Academy in DC now at Hill Center!

Traditional instruction for Better Health, Serenity and Self-Defense

Stop by the Hill Center for a free lesson during class hours to meet our diverse group of students. See and hear for yourself how Tai Chi can improve your life in every way. The center is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington DC, just minutes from the Eastern Market Metro stop.