Dedicated to fostering creative partnerships that use art to benefit community




ZCAF’s  Hand's on Workshop (HOW) are designed to provides area youths with a fun and supportive atmosphere that reinforces classroom teaching, infusing academic and career-focused information within the context of a project-based arts education program that focuses on the needs of various learning styles – all with the focus on bridging the ‘achievement gap’ inner city young adults confront. Read More

Mobile Woodshop and Urban Saw Mill and Forestry Education
With our goal to teach a new generation skills, specifically woodworking and urban forest stewardship, we will raise public awareness about the value of our urban forests to the city, local economy, and the environment.  An effective approach to urban forest stewardship must target and engage students, who are the future stewards of this valuable resource.

In addition, the mobile woodshop can be used for art projects throughout the city and in the parks. We will encourage other non-profits to utilize our mobile woodworking facilities and offer them to city festivals, community projects, and disaster relief. The uses for a mobile woodshop are vast. 

The Food Glorious Food Program raised more than $100,000 for the Capital Area Food Bank in just six years. In addition to raising money to help feed the hungry, in 2010-2012, this program included an educational component we dubbed The Sustainable and Scrumptious Program. Through this offshoot program, ZCAF coordinated the development of a unique curriculum. Dietitians and classroom educators, working with ZCAF, developed these cross-curricular lesson plans to intergrate visual art, science, home economics, and health class elements.  The project, in addition to engaging participating children’s imaginations through the creation of unique works of art, also created greater awareness amongst the children of their local ecosystem, their place in it, and where food comes from, while at the same time, promoted healthy, sustainable dining.  This program concluded with 21 tiles created that featured images of the childrens' food sculptures, transformed into a permenent mural, installed by ZCAF in August of 2012, at the Oyster-Adams School, Washington, DC.

The Food Glorious Food was a unique collaboration between artists, top area chefs, businesses and individuals that has raised more than $100,000 for the Capital Area Food Bank in just four years.  Launched in 2005, the mix of food, art and charity includes a month-long art show of food in all its fabulous forms; a calendar with art from the show and delectable recipes; and a calendar launch party and silent auction.        read more

a platform for environmental initiatives, was launched in 2008 to increase awareness of America?s endangered natural treasures.   Its inaugural project, What Remains: The American Landscape Portfolio of limited-edition prints, benefits the environment through the sale of giclee prints of renowned realist painter Bradley Stevens's majestic landscapes.  Its first beneficiary is the Trust for Public Land and other non-profit environmental groups will be added as the program expands.   press release,    see portfolio

The Freedom Place Collection of 56 privately held works by preeminent African American artists Romare Bearden, Benny Andrews, Alma Thomas, Robert Freeman and Richard Yarde was an immediate success when it was unveiled by ZCAF at Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC, in fall 2007. Since then, the collection has been shown at Meridian House International and Congressional Bank in Washington DC, the University of New England in Camden, Maine and at Monroe Community College's Mercer Gallery in Rochester, New York.    
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    see collection

ZCAF Hands' on Workshops for Teens & Young Adults

Mobile Woodshop & Urban Saw Mill & Forestry Education

Sustainable and Scrumption Mural installed August 2012, at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, Washington D.C. http://oysteradamsbilingual.org/    

Eat Green, by Philip Hazard
 Featured in ZCAF's 2011 Food Glorious Food Calendar

Teton Gold, by Bradley Stevens



...Zenith Community Arts Foundation     1429 Iris Street, NW, Washington DC  20012    202-783-8005    zenithcommunityarts@zcaf.org