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E-News: May 2017 Edition
Celebrating 19 years of Providing Equitable Access to Arts and Humanities Learning Opportunities

 

 

                 

Notes from the DC Collaborative Team
     
 



DC Collaborative Staff
 
Dear Friends:

Sincerest thanks to each of you for enabling us to move our work forward together this past month of May. This is an important time for arts and humanities education and we look forward to our continued work together.  Your work goes a long way in strengthening the DC arts and humanities education community.

Collective Impact - Collaborative Effect - Members Mapping Update:  As many of you already know, we are honored and excited to continue our collective impact work identifying our community of practice's common agenda and shared measurements through our NEA grant. This year we have been researching best practices and have applied to become a Kennedy Center Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child community. If approved, we will benefit from best practices of this important national collective impact initiative. More details in the coming months. For now, gratitude to all of our members who have completed their Member Mapping Project updates on time - We need your data! This is important to our Collective Impact work. Our Members Mapping project is the baseline to our collective impact data work moving forward and s hows  who we are serving, who we are not reaching and how much our community is investing collectively. 

Gratitude in the Garden - Thanks for a Great Members Meeting:
On May 16th we invited our members to the stunning backdrop of Dumbarton Oaks, Fellowship House and Gardens, in order to celebrate our final meeting of the 2016-17 school year. It was an informative meeting which wrapped up with gratitude and ice cream! Read more here.

Today Marks our 100th DC Collaborative Story Bank blogpost:
We celebrate our DC Collaborative Story Bank's 100th blogpost with a great story about our gratitude for you, our our members and friends!  Who shall be 101st?  Please continue to share highlights about your organization, your student's experiences, quotes and testimony, photographs and artwork to help us showcase the Arts and Humanities for Every Student experience. Please share your stories by submitting your own entry to  info@dccollaborative.org !

Today through June 8th Do More 24: More Field-trips for More DC Students:  Like many of our members, we are participating in our regional day of giving... today through  June 8th  please help raise more funds for  More Field-trips for More DC Students  and reach our Do More 24 goal of raising an additional $2,400 to fill six buses before the end of June. Even just $24 will make a difference! DO MORE! GIVE HERE .  Help us raise even more money! Invite your Facebook friends to join our Do More 24 giving "event"  here . Tweet your support with a special tweet we made for you:  http://bit.ly/2qCAbHJ

Thanks in advance for helping us Do More for More DC Students ! 

DC Collaborative Team

AHFES and PD Applications

 
 

AHFES and PD Applications are now open!
DC Collaborative Members are Invited to apply to the 

As the school year is winding down the DC Collaborative is gearing up for the 2017-2018 School Year's Arts and Humanities for Every Student and Professional Development programs! 42 DC Collaborative Members offered 685 programs to more than 33,000 students in the 2016-2017 school year. Additionally, 304 educators (both school-based educators and members) registered for Professional Development programs. 

We invite everyone to participate next school year! Attend AHFES Hours at NMWA (more info below) to learn more about the program. More information is also available on our website.

To Apply:
  • Complete an AHFES Application | online or PDF form due June 30
  • Attend the AHFES Hours at NMWA! and Connecting to Curriculum Workshop on June 6 | RSVP
  • Pay your AHFES Application Fee | Link Here


Connecting to Curriculum Workshop 

 
 

Connecting to Curriculum with DCPS ELA and DCPS Arts along with 
AHFES Application Assistance

The DC Collaborative will be hosting another Connecting to Curriculum Workshop on June 6 from 1-3 p.m. at National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The Collaborative will discuss tips on how to make your organization's AHFES Application successful and Nathan Diamond of the DCPS Central Office Arts team and Jennifer Jump of the DCPS Central Office ELA team will discuss their curricular priorities and host working sessions to help you make these connections. Bring your AHFES applications and program examples! There will be Wifi available to work on your programs in real-time!

Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Agenda:
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts Host Welcome
  • DC Collaborative Welcome and AHFES Program Overview
  • DC Collaborative Tips for a Successful Application and Application Walk-Through
  • ELA Curricular Priorities Presentation
  • DCPS Arts Curricular Priorities Presentation
  • Breakout groups to attend deeper connecting to curriculum sessions by content area and grade level
Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW Directions


 
Connecting to Curriculum with DCPS Social Studies

The DC Collaborative will be hosting another Connecting to Curriculum Workshop on June 13 from 12-1 p.m. at our office in Penn Quarter.
 
The DC Collaborative will be hosting another Connecting to Curriculum Workshop on June 13 from 12-1 p.m. at our office on F Street NW! The Collaborative will discuss tips on how to make your organization's AHFES Application successful and the DCPS Social Studies team will discuss their curricular priorities and host working sessions to help you make these connections.

Date:  Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Time:  12-1 p.m.
Location: The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
923 F Street NW # 303 (3rd floor), Washington DC 20004 | Directions


Do More 24

 
   

Do More 24
The DC Collaborative is participating in Do More 24
Support Arts and Humanities Education through June 8!

Please help raise more funds for  More Field-trips for More DC Students and reach our Do More 24 goal of raising an additional $2,400 to fill six buses before the end of June. Even just $24 will make a difference! DO MORE!  GIVE HERE . 

What can your activism do on behalf of DC students?  Here are some examples of how your personal donations to our  Do More 24 campaign can support our collaborative work:
  • $24-can engage a first grader in her first experience with a live performance of The Nutcracker
  • $48-can strengthen the critical thinking skills of two middle  school students through touring a major arts exhibition
  • $124-can promote civic pride and engagement for three high school students by participating in a field trip study of DC's vibrant cultural history
  • $240-can instill a love of learning in one classroom by supporting an artist in residence to incorporate the arts into math studies
  • $480-can provide professional development for teachers to extend arts and humanities engagement beyond field trips into basic classroom instruction   
Thanks in advance for helping us Do More for More DC Students! 

#StoryBank Blog Highlights

 
 

  DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog May Highlights
Check out the DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog May Highlights!
 
We are excited to announce our 100th post, a review of our May Membership Meeting! 
Have a story to tell? Contribute to the Story Bank. Contact us.

Our Spring Members Meeting: Gratitude in the Garden
On May 16th we invited our members to the stunning backdrop of Dumbarton Oaks, Fellowship House and Gardens, in order to celebrate our final meeting of the 2016-17 School year.

The DC Collaborative has plenty to celebrate from this year: having served with our members a total of 33,932 DC students from our AHFES program! Our meeting opened with a brief speech from our host - which covered the history and exciting Arts and Humanities education program run at Dumbarton Oaks. Next we moved onto a summary of our work this school-year with focus on federal and local advocacy, DCPS, member spotlights, and an internal update from our staff.

FY18 Membership Enrollment

 
   

FY18 Membership Enrollment
Enroll in July to actively participate in DC's arts and humanities education community of practice and discover why our Members Matter!
  
The DC Collaborative is excited to kick of fits 20th year with Membership Enrollment in July! Please  save the date and join our flourishing arts and humanities education community during Membership Enrollment Month in July.

With your membership, we can support our arts and humanities colleagues and friends be a part of a professional network to strengthen arts and humanities education in the District.  As an active member  you will receive newsletters, an member feature page on our website ( new!),  access to our community calendar (new!) ,  invitations to our quarterly member meetings, our round table discussions, and our committee meetings along with being eligible to apply to our  AHFES and PD  programs. Read more information about membership on our website.

Committee Updates and Upcoming Meetings

 
 

Programming and Membership Committees
Join us for these upcoming Events!

Wednesday June 14, 4:00
A joint  Membership and Programming Committee  Meeting
followed by an 
End-of-the-School-Year Happy Hour!

We'll Discuss:
  • FY18 Membership Enrollment
  • AHFES Application update
  • Happy Hour!
Wednesday, June 14, at 4:00 pm
DC Collaborative Office:
923 F Street NW # 303 (3rd floor), Washington DC 20004
Webinar/remote meeting access is available.

Wednesday, July 19, 12:00 - 2:00
AHFES Program Review

The Programming Committee reviews the programs that our members submit for inclusion in the Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) Program.

This meeting is an informal panel review where we make recommendations to other members who applied to AHFES on how to strengthen their programs. The Programming Committee developed rubrics that will help us look at the quality of the experience and the curricular connections. Pizza will be provided and conference call/google hangout options are available (unfortunately there is no pizza available for google hangout and conference call participants).

Wednesday, July 19, 12:00 - 2:00
DC Collaborative Office:
923 F Street NW # 303 (3rd floor), Washington DC 20004
Webinar/remote meeting access is available.


National Advocacy Update

 
   


National Advocacy Update
Stay current with Federal Arts Funding with Americans for the Arts- Excerpt from AFTA's National Endowment for the Arts Update 
 
The Trump administration released the first official documents  draft of their plan to fund the federal government for the coming fiscal year (FY2018). The Trump proposal includes massive budget cuts (more than $54 billion in cuts to domestic programs in one year alone). The Administration's proposal calls for termination of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. This is the first American President in history to propose zeroing out all funding for the nation's federal cultural agencies.

This proposal is a blueprint and will be considered by Congress, but like all proposals, Congress will be considering their own budget priorities-and likely without much regard to the administration's request.

The proposed, tired and old idea of eliminating the agency should be soundly rejected on a bipartisan basis. It could not be more misguided. We have  the facts and data to prove it in every state, district, county, and city in the country.
With your help, we are committed to making the case that the NEA makes our nation's economy and communities better. It transforms lives for the better, heals neighborhoods, improves education and learning, and is a tool for diplomacy, recovery, and discovery. Read more about how the arts strengthen the U.S. economy  here.

Take two minutes to take action by contacting your members of Congress through our customizable E-Advocacy Alert!

Read More Info and Resources on Americans for the Arts Website:
  • National Endowment for the Arts Update: Trump FY2018 Budget Proposal Calls for Elimination of NEA Funding |  Link Here
  • From Blues to the "Peanutcracker," Government Support for the Arts Helps Create Access for All- A Blog Posted by Robert Lynch- 5/25/17 |  Link Here
  • Contact Members of Congress through Americans for the Arts Action Fund |  Link Here

With Gratitude...


 
 

With Gratitude...

A special thanks to our entire community... Board members, teachers and school partners, cultural institution and practitioner members and friends of the Collaborative! We appreciate your making the Collaborative into OUR Collaborative. Please see our 100th Story Bank Blog Post which expresses our gratitude to our arts and humanities education community!


Ways to Give


 
 

Ways to Give

To donate to the DC Collaborative online by credit card
click here or by check to:

DC Arts and Humanities Education  Collaborative 
975 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

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About the DC Arts and Humanities Education 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.

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