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The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

1820 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209-1802   |    1.703.358.9550

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Our degree programs in the areas of Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary help you focus your talents and explore what you’re passionate about. In our collaborative environment, our instructors will guide and mentor you as we help you build the skills you need to start your creative career.

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The Art Institute of Washington - a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, is located in a region known for cultural institutions, the arts, and ethnic diversity. Here, you'll learn in an area just a short trip from the United States' capital, with quick Metro access to D.C's amenities.

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Culinaire Restaurant

Culinaire Restaurant is the student-run restaurant at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Washington. Located just across the river from Washington, DC, Culinaire Restaurant provides our culinary students with real-world experience and instructional content—and provides diners with a unique culinary experience.

Under the supervision of Chef Michael Roll and an experienced and credentialed faculty of chef instructors, students create bistro-style dishes in the kitchen and run all aspects of the dining room. From food ordering and preparation to guest seating and serving, Culinaire Restaurant is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons.

Culinaire Restaurant is open to the public; hours and the menu change quarterly. Please call 703-247-3841 for our hours and to make a reservation.

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Mint Lightens and Brightens Summer Dishes Mint Lightens and Brightens Summer Dishes

(June 2014)  The Kentucky Derby, held the first Saturday in May, may be responsible for making mint the king of summertime drinks. Along with big hats, the Derby is famous for its mint juleps, kicking off the warm weather season.


This year, mint is making its mark in the culinary scene in some new—and unexpected ways. From pesto to rice salads, mint adds a summery tone to dishes that’s unmatched by other herbs, according to Michael Zappone, Academic Department Director of Culinary Arts at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.


Mint is used by chefs to add an additional level of flavor to dishes and drinks, according to Linda Marcinko, Culinary Academic Director at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of St. Louis.


“I think mint is great in summer because it brightens up so many dishes. It’s so good to use in sweet items as well as savory dishes,” she says. Marcinko enjoys utilizing mint in Thai beef and noodle salad and iced tea.


Having mint on hand is easy, too, because it’s a perennial herb that will come up each year in the garden.  According to Marcinko, “it is so easy to grow and so versatile.”


The unique flavor of mint may also be used to replace calorie-heavy ingredients in traditional dishes, according to Claire Menck, Chef Director of Culinary Arts at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Wisconsin.


Marcinko lightens up pesto by replacing the traditional basil with mint—and eliminating the cheese. Try her mint pesto, mint syrup, and rice salad to give your summer meals an extra minty kick.


Mint Pesto – Great with pasta or lamb chops

2 large bunches mint, trimmed of stems (just use the leaves)

1 bunch cilantro (can use some of the stems if they are not too thick)

6 cloves garlic, peeled

¾ cup walnuts

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup vegetable broth

Salt and pepper

Crushed red chilies, optional


Procedure:

Combine the mint leaves, cilantro, garlic and walnuts in place in the bowl of a food processor.

Pulse the mixture until it is roughly chopped.

With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil and vegetable stock. Process until smooth.

Season to taste with salt, pepper, and the Chile flakes.


Summer Rice Salad

4 cups cooked basmati rice

1 cup trimmed sugar snap peas, blanched

4 green onions, thinly sliced

1 small red bell pepper, diced

1 small jalapeño pepper, finely minced

½ cup pine nuts, lightly toasted

½ cup chopped mint leaves

½ cup olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


Procedure:


Cut the blanched sugar snap peas in half, lengthwise.

Put the rice, peas, onions, red bell pepper, jalapeño, pine nuts, and mint leaves in a bowl. Toss together well.

Pour on the olive oil and stir to coat all ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill for about 2 hours before serving. Serves eight.

Mint Simple Syrup – Perfect with lemonade or mojitos

2 cups sugar

6 cups water

1 large bunch mint, roughly chopped


Procedure:

Combine the sugar and water in a medium-sized sauce pan. Stir to moisten the sugar. Add in the mint leaves.

Bringto a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the syrup sit until it is cool. Strain the syrup to remove the mint.

Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.


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The Art Institutes is a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. Administrative office: 210 Sixth Avenue, 33rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC.

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The Art Institutes Partners with Military Families United (MFU) to Provide Scholarships to Spouses of Armed Forces Members The Art Institutes Partners with Military Families United (MFU) to Provide Scholarships to Spouses of Armed Forces Members

[Washington D.C., August 27, 2012] – The Art Institutes and Military Families United (MFU), a national coalition of Gold Star and Blue Star families, veterans and patriotic Americans announce four winners each of a $25,000 tuition scholarship to attend an Art Institutes school. The scholarship recipients are:

  • Briana Pierson, Oceanside, California-The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division
  • Maria Clarissa Peters, La Mesa, California-The Art Institute of California, San Diego, a campus of Argosy University
  • Michelle O’Brien, Colorado Springs, Colorado-The Art Institute of Colorado
  • Michele Durante, Modesto, California-The Art Institute of California, San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University

The Art Institutes system of schools and MFU partnered to create the scholarship program to provide educational support to spouses of Armed Forces members, including Active Duty, Active National Guard and Reserve, and spouses of those killed in the line of duty post 9/11.

“We appreciate the service these men and women make to our country and we are pleased to be able to provide support for an education that will help them get started on the path to a creative career,” said John Mazzoni, President of The Art Institutes. “As spouses of members of the military, they are helping to create a brighter tomorrow for us. At The Art Institutes, we want to help them in their pursuit of an education that can help to launch the next phase of their careers.”

“We are excited about this new opportunity because The Art Institutes system of schools is a leader in delivering online and on ground educational opportunities to students and they believe, as we do, that providing high quality educational opportunities to members of our Armed Forces and their families ensures a better future for our country,” said Robert Jackson, Executive Director of Military Families United.

The Art Institutes is proud to provide educational opportunities to our nation’s veterans and their families and, like MFU, share a deep gratitude to the men and women who keep America safe. The Art Institutes is uniquely suited to serve our nation’s military, offering a broad array of educational programs that provide active duty service members, reservists, veterans, military spouses and families the quality, flexibility, and convenience they seek both on campus and online.

To learn more about The Art Institutes schools visit www.artinstitutes.edu.

For more information on the scholarship program, please visit http://militaryspouses.artinstitutes.edu.

The Art Institutes ( www.artinstitutes.edu ) is a system of more than 50 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. OH Registration # 04-01-1698B; AC0165, AC0080; Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 1287, 3427, 3110, 2581. Since The Art Institutes is comprised of several institutions, see aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Military Families United (MFU) ( www.militaryfamiliesunited.org ) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to “Honor the Fallen, Support Those Who Fight, and Serve Their Families.” The organization is a national coalition of Gold Star and Blue Star families, veterans and others who share a deep appreciation for our men and women in uniform. Founded in 2005, MFU provides programs that offer families direct support.

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The Art Institute of Washington Announces “GETCreative” Courses for Adults and Teens The Art Institute of Washington Announces “GETCreative” Courses for Adults and Teens

The Art Institutes system of schools is expanding its GETCreative courses to a third location, The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, in January. The courses invite teens and adults to take their creative talents to the next level through workshops and special events. Participants may choose from a variety of courses designed for the pursuit of casual recreational learning or professional development designed for adults in creative careers.  The classes take place in The Art Institute of Washington’s professional kitchens, studios, and labs—providing hands-on training on industry standard tools and technology.

Creative writing workshops, an introduction to digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) photography, accessory design, comic book art drawing, website design, and a day in the sushi kitchen are examples of the creative outlets “GETCreative” provides. Classes begin in January and are offered in the following areas: Photography; Creative Writing; Culinary Arts; Art Foundations; Textiles, Fashion and Accessories; Software for Designers; and The Business of Art. Classes meet for as few as one—or as many as six—sessions.

“GETCreative is a great opportunity for members of the community to expand their creativity, learn a new skill or pursue a passion, all with the guidance of industry professionals. Students can also use these classes as a way to see if a creative career path is right for them,” said Jim Palermo, President of The Art Institute of Washington.

For more information about GETCreative, to see a list of courses, or to register for classes, please visit http://getcreative.artinstitutes.edu/washington/.

The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Washington, 1820 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209. ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, 6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, NE, 100 Embassy Row, Atlanta, GA 30328 is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (James Monroe Building, 101 North 14th Street, Richmond, VA 23219, 1.804.225.2600).

To request accommodations in connection with this event, contact the Student Affairs Department or program organizer in advance at 703.358.9550.

This workshop is non-credit bearing and does not transfer into any program offered at The Art Institute of Washington.

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Don’t wing it: tips to help prepare for your next interview Don’t wing it: tips to help prepare for your next interview

So you put together a stellar resume, wrote a winning cover letter and landed an interview for your dream job. The hard work’s done, right? Wrong. Don’t think you can just rely on your dazzling personality to win over your interviewer. There’s no substitute to being prepared, and two career service directors from The Art Institutes system of schools share their tips for helping you get ready and get the job.

“Research, research and research. The more you research the more prepared you are,” says Ricardo Estevez, Career Services Director at The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta (new.artinstitutes.edu/arlington ). Having a firm understanding of the job description and job duties allows you to practice answers associating job duties with positions you’ve had in the past. “This helps make sure your answers are succinct and helps connects the dots for the employer,” says Kristin Frank, Career Services Director at The Art Institute of Phoenix (new.artinstitutes.edu/phoenix).

Estevez adds that research can help you take charge of an unstructured interview and bring it back to home state. It also enables you to have questions to ask at the end of the interview. He says, “without research, it’s hard to realign the interview and get out of uncomfortable spots.”

Along with getting a better understanding of the job, your preparation should also include getting a better grasp on your own skill set. “Be confident with your accomplishments, and be prepared to share them with multiple people who could be interviewing you,” says Frank. “I always say practice with your best friend. They are your biggest cheerleader. They will help you come up with some of your big statements about what you did.” Also having an outline of key points and clean, concise messages is going to benefit the entire process.

“Tell me a little it about yourself” is usually the first question asked in an interview and is often one that can easily trip up the interviewee. “Usually, at the beginning of an interview, you really should keep it about the job, about your past experiences in relation to the job you’re applying for,” says Estevez. “Keep it hyper-focused on the position you’re interviewing for.” He adds to listen to how the question is asked. If the interviewer says “tell me more about you,” he or she usually wants to know more about you personally. People shouldn’t shy away from this but also not get too personal.

Another question that can be tricky to navigate is why you are leaving your current position. Both Estevez and Frank agree that the key here is keeping it 100% positive. For most people, the answer should be about opportunity, challenge and growth. “Having this answer planned out ahead of time is really going to be key,” says Frank.

If you are changing careers, Estevez recommends talking about how you are passionate about the new field you are entering. He also cautions about mentioning how a current employer doesn’t offer a flexible schedule. Make sure to keep things positive and career or passion focused.

If there is a gap in your resume, it will most certainly come up during the interview, and the HR representative or recruiter will always be a bit sensitive to this. “Be genuine,” says Frank. “It is up to the candidate to articulate in a way that’s genuine and not implying that something negative happened. Be really positive, be sure you are focusing on what you can bring to the table.” The same goes for any unfinished education.

While you are doing your research on the company, your interviewer is also doing research on you. According to Frank, “many employers Google people before they come in for an interview or research them before they even become a candidate.” She stresses you need to protect your image on social media and be aware of what is on the internet and ensure the information reflects your goals and experience.

“If salary comes up and they really want an answer and really want to know your number, everyone should know what their bottom-line number is. Add a bit more and negotiate down,” says Estevez. Once this question is asked, it is ok to then ask what the budget is for that position. If there is a big disparity, ask if there is an opportunity for a higher salary later.

Depending on the job you are interviewing for, demonstrations of your skills or job shadowing could be required. Skype interviews are also becoming more common, says Frank. These help interviews see how well a candidate can work with technology.

The biggest mistake that Estevez sees is not being in the interview mindset as soon as you leave the house. Each person you see from the receptionist to the people you pass in the lobby or elevator, could potentially be part of your interview panel. Treat them all as such.

The Art Institutes is a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. Administrative office: 210 Sixth Avenue, 33rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC.

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