Dear Collaborative Community, 

Wishing you warm greetings during Advocacy Season!  As we gear up for advocacy season we would like to share the sentiment: 
There is a lot happening on the advocacy front in the District of Columbia! The DC Cultural Plan Working Draft was released by the DC Office of Planning on Friday, January 19 and is open for public comment until Wednesday, February 28. DC Office of Planning will present the working draft at our Winter Member's Meeting on Thursday, February 8 and highlight the arts and humanities education aspects of the plan specifically. It is essential that you attend as this will be the only education-focused convening before February 28. 

Our Member's Meeting is on Thursday, February 8, from 3:30-5:30. We will also be hearing from David Grosso, Chairperson, Committee of Education, Council of the District of Columbia and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. In addition, Americans for the Arts is presenting a national arts advocacy update. We'll also provide updates from the recent DC Council Committee on Education's public hearing roundtable on PR22-0523 "Sense of the Council Arts Humanities in Education Resolution of 2017" which declares a sense of the Council that the District of Columbia committed to promoting arts and humanities education with equity and equality in both traditional and public charter schools. This establishes an Arts Education Policy for the District of Columbia! More info and RSVP is below and available through this link.

Arts and humanities education local and national advocacy is important now more than ever so we hope to see you at the meeting and work directly with you this advocacy season. 

Sincerely,
The DC Collaborative Staff

DC Collaborative #OfficeSelfie
 
Winter 2018 Members Meeting: Advocacy Edition
Please Join Us to Talk Advocacy!
 
Review of the DC Cultural Plan Working Dra ft
 
The DC Collaborative invites you to RSVP for our Winter Member's Meeting at GALA Hispanic Theatre next Thursday, February 8, from 3:30-5:30.

Councilmember David Grosso will open the meeting as the special guest speaker. We will also review the DC Cultural Plan Working Draft and hear from DC Office of Planning and the Commission on the Art and Humanities. During the meeting, the Office of Planning will present summary of the working draft and specifically discuss arts and humanities education.

Date:  Thursday, February 8, 2018
Meeting Time:  3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Networking:  5:00-5:30 p.m.
Location:  GALA Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010 | Directions

Hear From:

David Grosso, Chairperson, Committee on Education, 

Council of the District of Columbia


 

Arthur Espinoza, Jr., DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 

Sakina Khan and Ryan Hand, DC Office of Planning

John-Paul Hayworth of DC State Board of Education

Nathan Diamond, DC Public Schools, Arts

Jeff Poulin, Americans for the Arts

James Horton, National Guild for Community Arts Education

Rebecca Medrano and Mauricio Pita, GALA Hispanic Theatre

 



Thank you to our host, GALA Hispanic Theatre

 
DC Council Hearing Schedule
It's Advocacy Season!

The DC Collaborative would love to see all of its members involved in advocacy activities and ensure that arts and humanities education is well represented in all relevant hearings! 

DC Local Advocacy day is on March 14! More info will be coming soon!

The   DC Alliance of Youth Advocates blog contains comprehensive listing of all hearings related to youth development. See the some relevant education and arts and humanities hearings below.

Committee on Finance and Revenue
To testify: contact Sarina Loy at sloy@dccouncil.us or 202-724-8058

Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Performance Oversight: Monday, February 26, 2018 at 10 am in Room 120
Budget Hearing: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 10 am in Room 500

Education Committee
To testify: sign up here or call 2022-724-8061 

Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education and Public Charter School Board
Performance Oversight: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 11 am in Room 123
Budget Hearing: Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10 am in Room 123

State Board of Education
Performance Oversight: Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 10 am in Room 120
Budget Hearing: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 10 am in Room 120

Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
Performance Oversight: Thursday, February 27, 2018 at 11 am in Room 500
Budget Hearing: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 10 am in Room 412

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) - Public Witnesses Only
Performance Oversight: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 11 am in Room 412
Budget Hearing: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 10 am in Room 412

District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL)
Performance Oversight: Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 11 am in Room 123
Budget Hearing: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 10 am in Room 120

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) - Government Witnesses Only
Performance Oversight: Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 11 am in Room 500
Budget Hearing: Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 10 am in Room 500

Get Involved with
Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child, DC
Fill out our Collective Impact Survey

It is exciting that the DC community was chosen to be named as an Any Given Child site through The Kennedy Center and recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts! This is a wonderful opportunity for DC to work together, across the city and ensure that ALL students have access to the arts in the future. To get started with this city-wide strategic planning we first have to have a comprehensive view of arts education programming in the city today.

Any organization or individual artist/practitioner that has education programming for DC youth should  fill out this 20 minute survey and pass it along to their colleagues. 


NEW Incentive! 
Anyone who returns the survey by February 28, will be entered into a raffle for two tickets to see The Choral Arts Society's Spring Concerts!
  • Saturday, April 21 at 5 pm: After Spring Sunset at Live! at 10th and G
  • Saturday, May 18 at 3 pm: Rossini: Stabat Mater at Kennedy Center Concert Hall with Maestro Antony Walker and Soprano Sarah Coburn

Questions?
Contact Tracey Wyton at 202-470-6467 ext. 2 or Tracey@DCCollaborative.org. 
Story Bank Blog Highlights
Collective Impact Update: Meet the Any Given Child DC Community Arts Team


Following the Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child, DC Announcement on September 29, the DC Collaborative and the DC arts and humanities education community has been busy during this strategic planning year! The DC Collaborative is thrilled to be working with the Kennedy Center's Any Given Child model in tandem with the DC Collaborative's National Endowment for the Arts Emerging Collective Impact Award.

What is Any Given Child?
Entering its ninth year, the primary goal of the Kennedy Center's Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child (AGC) collective impact program is to assist communities in developing and implementing a plan for expanded arts education in their schools, ensuring access and equity for all students in grades preK-12. More info here.

Community Arts Team
The Any Given Child process includes a strategic planning year with a Community Arts Team comprised of 30 representatives from the Mayor's Office, DCPS Chancellor's office, arts educators, cultural institution partners, communications, corporate and philanthropic leaders in DC. View the DC Community Arts Team!

Arts and Humanities for Every Student Update
AHFES Celebrates Black History Month
The DC Collaborative is celebrating Black History Month with 150 field-trips and nearly 9,000 reservations from every ward in the city!

Students will attend programming from:

Avalon Theatre: "Soundtrack for a Revolution"

Building Bridges Across the River, THEARC Theatre's Black History Month Series: 
"Malcolm, Martin, Medgar: A Stage Play"
"RISE 2018 Featuring Collage Dance Collective"

Choral Arts Society of Washington: "Living the Dream, Singing the Dream: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."

The In Series: "Duke Ellington's Neighborhood"

The Kennedy Center: "Alvin Ailey American DanceTheatre"
The Arts and Dropout Prevention: A White Paper by National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
Arts Education and Student Engagement

With dropout prevention and attendance rates at the top-of-mind in DC, the Collaborative would like to share a white paper written by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network published in October 2017. 

The Arts and Dropout Prevention: The Power of Art to Engage by Dr. Kimberley Brown can be found in its entirety through this link. 

The Collaborative is encouraged by the research reviewed, which demonstrates that arts education has a positive impact on schools including dropout prevention, increased student engagement (including attendance) and benefits to student achievement and social emotional learning. This white paper also cites 15 specific strategies for arts education drop out prevention identified by the National Dropout Prevention Center (page 10 in the paper). Utilizing the DC Collaborative's Collective Impact umbrella, the DC arts and humanities education community is poised to review strategies that encourage community involvement:
  • Systemic Approach- call for systemic approaches across the school, community family, and individual, systemwide issue and using data for systemic renewal
  • School-Community Collaboration- Engaging the greater community in the dropout issue
Some excerpts from Dr. Kimberly Brown's white paper are included through the DC Collaborative's latest Story Bank Blog post.


National Guild for Community Arts Education
Conference Planning Meeting- February 6
Last Day to RSVP!


Dear Members of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:

The National Guild for Community Arts Education and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) are pleased to invite you to participate in the initial Program Planning Meeting for the Guild's 2018 Conference for Community Arts Education. This town-hall style meeting will be presented at MICA, Tuesday, February 6 from 10:00am to 12:00pm, with a complimentary networking lunch from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Click here for details.

Please complete the reservation form below today, Friday, February 2 (complete one form per attendee).
The Program Planning Meeting provides leaders in arts education with an opportunity to shape the Conference for Community Arts Education (November 14-17, 2018, Baltimore) by identifying critical issues and opportunities affecting the field. Our goal is to have a diverse and representative group from the region at this public meeting. The conference annually brings together 700+ leaders in arts education and adjacent sectors to explore effective strategies and innovative ideas for increasing equitable access to arts learning opportunities in communities across the country.

Thank you for your interest. We hope to see you on February 6!

James C. Horton
Director of Learning and Leadership Development
National Guild for Community Arts Education



Get Involved - Join our Committees!
Programming Committee

The DC Collaborative's Programming Committee is open to members, partners and educators. The Committee will assist the DC Collaborative team in furthering their mission of equity and access to quality arts and humanities education for all students and teachers in the DC public education system (traditional and public charter). The Programming Committee will analyze and evaluate the quality of arts and humanities education experiences, develop opportunities for mentorship and program improvement and inform the Arts and Humanities for Every Student policies and procedures.
Collective Impact Committee
The DC Collaborative invites you to join us in the strategic planning year of Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child DC,  Collective   Impact  work! The Collective Impact Committee,  formerly known as the Membership Committee,  will aid us advising and executing the work of the Community Arts Team, as well as assisting us in keeping our members up-to-date during the strategic planning year. We value the input from all of our members to make this process a success.

Ways to Give

Donate to the DC Collaborative online or remit payment by check to:

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

The DC Collaborative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All gifts are tax deductible the the fullest extent of the law.

Are you a government employee? Give through the  CFC Catalogue of Caring. We're on pg. 20 CFC#66894

Does your company have a matching gift program? Would you like to make a gift of stock or a planned gift?  Let us know!




The DC Collaborative is a recipient of an FY18 General Operating Support Service Grant from 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 .


The DC Collaborative is members of the Any Given Child program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.



About the DC Collaborative:
More than 100 members strong, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (DC Collaborative) provides equitable access to quality arts and humanities education for all DC public and chartered public schools for the growth of the whole child. Working with its partners, since its founding in 1998, the DC Collaborative produces such exemplary programs as Arts and Humanities for Every Student and the Professional Development Initiative. View our  Member Directory.

For more information on the DC Arts and Humanities  Education Collaborative, Please visit our  website If you would like to include something in our next  member e-news, please email us!

Submissions for our consideration are due C.O.B. on the third Friday of every month and are subject to edits by the DC Collaborative staff.